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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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  • Words of Love - Inspirational Quotations for Valentine's Day by Jessica Barrah

    Words of Love - Inspirational Quotations for Valentine's Day by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-02-02

    Instead of ‘saying it’ with chocolates or flowers, could the way to your beloved’s heart be saying it with actual words? You don’t have to trust to your own imagination, when so many authors and great thinkers have already done the hard work for you. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve gathered together 15 quotations about love in its many aspects.

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  • 10 Best Writing Retreats for 2016 by Jessica Barrah

    10 Best Writing Retreats for 2016 by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-02-01

    Finding the time to get down to writing in your everyday life can be difficult. When are you supposed to fit it in, between work, kids, exercise classes, and social events? The idea of getting away from it all, and really knuckling down to some serious writing is extremely seductive. A retreat doesn’t have to be expensive if all you need is solitude. A cheap hotel room or cabin rental might suffice. But if you’re looking for inspiration – from beautiful surroundings, coaching from talented writing mentors, or the companionship of like-minded authors, then there are plenty of retreats to give you all that and more. So here’s a selection to choose from – five in the UK, and five worldwide, at a range of prices.

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  • 5 Essential Tips for a Winning Non-fiction Proposal - Expert Tips by Jessica Barrah

    5 Essential Tips for a Winning Non-fiction Proposal - Expert Tips by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-02-01

    You’ve got a great idea for a non-fiction book – but how do you go about trying to get it published? Do you need a synopsis, and some opening chapters? Or just an outline of your subject matter? Publishing consultant, Julia Kellaway shares her top tips on how to best submit your proposal.

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  • 10 Essential Manuscript Checks To make Before Sending To An Editor - Expert Tips by Jessica Barrah

    10 Essential Manuscript Checks To make Before Sending To An Editor - Expert Tips by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-01-17

    You may have decided that your manuscript needs help from an editor – but how can you ensure you’ve ironed out the obvious mistakes before you send it to them? In this edition of Expert Tips, Richard Sheehan shares the most common errors, and how to avoid them.

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  • 8 Inspiring Quotations to Make 2017 Your Best Writing Year Ever by Jessica Barrah

    8 Inspiring Quotations to Make 2017 Your Best Writing Year Ever by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-01-14

    In January it’s natural to want to start afresh, to make this the year you really achieve your dreams. The fantastic thing about self-publishing is, there’s nothing holding you back. You don’t have to wait for anyone to get back to you about your manuscript – you are the one in charge, you are the one making all the decisions about your book. It’s extremely empowering – if at times overwhelming. So here’s to making 2017 the year you see your words in a beautiful printed book, with eight quotations to inspire your success!

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