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The Inside Scoop: Working with a Freelance Editor

The Inside Scoop: Working with a Freelance Editor

Your draft is done. You’ve re-read it a dozen times and you can’t stand to be near it another minute. Cleaning the bathroom is starting to sound more appealing than revising your book yet another time. Well, it sounds like you’re ready to work with an editor! Hiring a freelance editor is one of the […]

March 27, 2014 | By | 8 Replies More
Rosie Garland: From Mslexia Novel Competition to Harper Collins

Rosie Garland: From Mslexia Novel Competition to Harper Collins

This month, three judges decide the winner of the 2nd Mslexia Unpublished Novel Competition. Someone is about to receive a life-changing phone call. Two years ago, I was that woman. I never imagined I would be. Fairytales are for other folk. I’d lost faith in my writing ‘getting anywhere’: indeed, I’d lost faith in my […]

January 31, 2014 | By | 18 Replies More
Who Publishes Tales From the Edge?

Who Publishes Tales From the Edge?

Writing from the edge of the world, wanting to tell our stories, our many stories that are also part of the romance, the history, the poetry of the world, it is not so easy to make ourselves heard. Even as globalization continues to be a buzz word, it is the unique particularities of lives everywhere […]

January 27, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Impulsivity, Fear and Flash

Impulsivity, Fear and Flash

Impulsivity is something that doesn’t really work in the publishing world. We are wisely warned to be patient, to practice and hone our craft, to ask for as much feedback from other writers and editors as possible before pressing send or wrapping our bundle into a FedEx envelope. And yet, three weeks ago I felt […]

November 6, 2013 | By | 9 Replies More
How Can I Get My Memoir Published

How Can I Get My Memoir Published

After you have toiled and tinkered and revised for ages, and you feel you finally have a strong manuscript, you begin to wonder how on earth to get your book into print. It goes without saying that that is a tough world, and even really top literary manuscripts fail to find a New York publisher. […]

October 25, 2013 | By | 7 Replies More
Unforgettable Picture Books

Unforgettable Picture Books

There is a book which has stayed with me for years, a book whose text is written lightly across my heart in inky words the same colour as my memory.  A book I’ve never read, but listened to again and again in a voice almost as familiar as my own: my mums. And now those […]

September 24, 2013 | By | 12 Replies More
Whatever your Dreams…

Whatever your Dreams…

Roz Morris has been a good friend of Women Writers, Women Books and written for us before. We invited her to give us an update on what she was doing, not our usual guest essay. – Anora McGaha, Editor In May I released the second book in my Nail Your Novel series. Fans have been […]

September 9, 2013 | By | 6 Replies More
You’re a Writer. Now Act Like One!

You’re a Writer. Now Act Like One!

My entire life had been in a single large city.  I loved the important hustle of the daytime and the somewhat dangerous excitement of the night. Art and fabulous food fed my deeper cravings. Still, I always felt that my forever life was waiting for me somewhere drastically different.  On impulse, I moved to San Diego, […]

September 6, 2013 | By | 46 Replies More
Alternative History…What if women were in charge?

Alternative History…What if women were in charge?

A small child, curls bobbing on a head she’s forgotten to cover with the sunhat her mother insists on, crouches down on a Roman mosaic floor in north-east Spain. Mesmerised by the purity of the black and white pattern, the craftsmanship and the tiny marble squares, she almost doesn’t hear her father calling her to […]

September 5, 2013 | By | 8 Replies More
How Guernsey Evacuees Changed My Life

How Guernsey Evacuees Changed My Life

In May 2008 I was an administrator at the University of Manchester and also a part time history student. One day whilst working in a Manchester archive, I discovered that over 17,000 Guernsey evacuees had arrived in England in June 1940, just before the Nazis invaded their island. I was totally astounded! I knew that […]

September 1, 2013 | By | 3 Replies More