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  • 5 Proofreading checks to run before sending your manuscript to a literary agent  by Jessica Barrah

    5 Proofreading checks to run before sending your manuscript to a literary agent by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-03-21

    This edition of expert tips comes from freelance proofreader, Wendy Janes. Errors can undermine an agent’s confidence in your writing, but these five simple checks (that you can easily carry out using the incredibly useful “find” function in Word) will help your manuscript shine.

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  • 10 Writing Competitions to Enter Now by Jessica Barrah

    10 Writing Competitions to Enter Now by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-03-18

    Over the Easter Holidays you might just get the time, in between eating your own bodyweight in chocolate, to get down to some writing. These competitions have deadlines throughout April and up to the end of May – so spring-clean your writing drawer, dust off any old stories you’ve got hanging around, and get going!

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  • Expert tips on submitting your book to a literary agent - by Carrie Plitt (Conville & Walsh) by Sarah Juckes

    Expert tips on submitting your book to a literary agent - by Carrie Plitt (Conville & Walsh) by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2016-03-14

    This edition of our Expert Tips series is from top literary agent, Carrie Plitt, who shares her thoughts on what submissions catch her eye and how you can send your book to her for review. Carrie is currently on the look out for new fiction and non-fiction authors.

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  • 12 Lovely Quotations About Spring by Jessica Barrah

    12 Lovely Quotations About Spring by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-03-08

    There are a few times of the year where the urge to re-motivate yourself takes over. There’s the ‘New Year, New You’ phenomenon which lasts four days on average, and of course the September ‘Back to School’ eagerness for new notebooks and pencils. But Spring really is the best time for renewal, dusting down those old manuscripts and giving them a good ‘spring clean’ edit. Here are twelve lovely quotations to inspire and reinvigorate you this Spring.

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  • 7 Unusual Writing Places of Famous Authors by Jessica Barrah

    7 Unusual Writing Places of Famous Authors by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-03-01

    When space is tight at home, or you just need to get away from your family or flatmates to write, then don’t despair. Well known writers with the same problem have come up with some ingenious solutions for you.

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  • 16 Great Quotations from Writers about Mothers by Jessica Barrah

    16 Great Quotations from Writers about Mothers by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-02-29

    If you haven’t passed a card shop or florists recently, or have been hibernating so far under a duvet that your wifi signal has been cut off, you may not have noticed – it’s Mother’s Day this Sunday in the UK. If you’re in the USA, don’t panic, you still have until 8th May to organise the perfect gift/card/skydiving experience.

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  • 5 Tips for Using Illustrations In Your Book by Jessica Barrah

    5 Tips for Using Illustrations In Your Book by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-02-25

    As an illustrator, Simon Walpole feels that spending time bringing an author’s world to life should not be considered purely ‘work’. He considers it an honour, an investment of creativity, time and ultimately a labour of love. Simon shares his top tips here about how authors and illustrators can best work together.

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  • 8 Writing Sheds of Famous Authors  by Jessica Barrah

    8 Writing Sheds of Famous Authors by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-02-15

    Virginia Woolf famously said that to write fiction you needed money and ‘a room of one’s own’. If you haven’t got much money, perhaps a ‘shed of one’s own’ would suffice? Garden rooms, shepherd’s huts, gypsy caravans and even offices made out of shipping containers are all the rage these days – but writers have been escaping from the house, and working in huts of one type or another for at least 150 years. From Thoreau to Neil Gaiman, here’s some writing ‘shedspiration’ (and a turret room).

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  • 10 Ways To Cure Writer’s Block - Advice from Authors by Jessica Barrah

    10 Ways To Cure Writer’s Block - Advice from Authors by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-02-11

    There’s laziness, procrastination… and then there’s writer’s block. Some people see it as an invented affliction. But others such as Leo Tolstoy, Virginia Woolf and Ernest Hemingway have been affected by it for varying periods of time. Authors with personal experience are obviously the ideal people to give advice – so here’s nine helpful quotations and one ‘kick up the backside’.

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  • 5 Tips to Make Self-Editing a Breeze by Jessica Barrah

    5 Tips to Make Self-Editing a Breeze by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-02-08

    Finishing the first draft of a novel is an achievement in itself. But there’s still a long way to go before you can publish that perfect final version. In this edition of Expert Tips, freelance editor, Rachel Small shares her five top tips for editing your own manuscript.

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