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My Eight Book Deal

My Eight Book Deal

I can honestly say that I spent the first fifteen to twenty years of my writing life constructing stories that burned inside me but using characters I thought publishers and agents would like. Over the years the majority of rejections stated ‘we liked it but we just didn’t love it’. This comment caused me to […]

November 23, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
A Day in the Life of a Publisher, with SilverWood Books

A Day in the Life of a Publisher, with SilverWood Books

SilverWood Books (silverwoodbooks.co.uk) provides self-funding authors with professional book production services, wholesale and retail book distribution, and a high level of support. Publishing Assistant Rowena Ball takes us through a typical day in the life of a dynamic publishing team… Morning Continuous communication is vital, and the day begins with running through our production schedule […]

November 10, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
An Unconventional Signing: Unbound

An Unconventional Signing: Unbound

I am  a signed author with Unbound! I’ve been waiting for this moment since I was 6 years old. Now for the unconventional part. My publication is only guaranteed if I raise just over £10,000 in pledges. And as soon as money is involved people can become laser focused on that issue. Because ‘money’ can […]

October 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Blue Door Press – An Innovative, Writer-led, Solution To Publishing

Blue Door Press – An Innovative, Writer-led, Solution To Publishing

The idea for the press grew out of a group of published women writers –  of both prose and poetry –  who have been meeting for more than ten years. The group’s mostly based in London and the idea for the press started from conversations we’ve shared about publishing – exchanging ideas on how that […]

October 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Learning The Ropes As A Hybrid Author

Learning The Ropes As A Hybrid Author

Smart people disagree on whether traditional publishing or self-publishing is the way to go, or whether it’s getting easier or harder for new writers to break into the business, but most people will agree on one thing: the game is changing. In the last few years, I hear more and more about authors who leave […]

July 29, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Diversity in Publishing

Diversity in Publishing

Just over two years ago, I went on a hunt around my house for our dusty old laptop. I rarely used computers or laptops outside of the office, hence it took me a couple of hours to dig out, and I eventually found it buried under heaps of odds and sods in the spare room. […]

June 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
The PHD I Didn’t Do and the Digital Apprenticeship I Did

The PHD I Didn’t Do and the Digital Apprenticeship I Did

‘Are you going to enrol for a Phd?’ As a longterm author with a varied back list, learning digital skills was a higher priority. ‘No. I’m going to do an e-apprenticeship instead.’ I opted for a digital apprenticeship to revitalize my literary output. Mistake or a significant learning experience? I needed to re-organise my literary […]

April 16, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Becoming a Publisher: Patrician Press

Becoming a Publisher: Patrician Press

Publishing has always been my main career but I have written several children’s books over the years. Having, however, always wanted to write for adults, in 2012 I completed my MA in Creative Writing at the University of Essex. It was then that I was inspired to create Patrician Press. I starting publishing my own […]

January 27, 2016 | By | 4 Replies More
Situation Vacant: Writing My Memoir

Situation Vacant: Writing My Memoir

Business memoirs are read in airports by corporates looking for effective strategies. First-timers also look at the style in which others write. And what to leave out. Family history travelers try to organize their material, without alienating friends and family. Writing a corporate biography requires the same skills as writing a personal memoir, plus a […]

January 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
How I Turned My Blog Into A Book

How I Turned My Blog Into A Book

While I was lecturing on the creative writing programme at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, a couple of students asked me if I realised I couldn’t get through a seminar without mentioning food or drink. Really? I mean, really??!! But they were right. And I began to notice how I might describe a bruise […]

January 3, 2016 | By | 3 Replies More