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published on 2016-04-18
We’ve often written about the importance of eye-catching cover designs – something that really shows what your book’s all about in one glance. Brian Jens of Designcontest.com explains general rules to keep in mind when designing the best possible cover for your book.
published on 2016-04-12
This month marks 400 years since Shakespeare’s death. Around the world there are festivals, events and projects to celebrate and commemorate his life and works. We’ve brought together five of his quotations as tips for writers.
published on 2016-04-11
It’s World Book Night on 23rd April – and there are lots of events going on to celebrate books and reading. Check out their website to see if there’s something happening in your area – but if there isn’t, fear not. If you already have a book club, then why not make your next meeting more of a party? If not, just organise a book club ‘pop up’ or literary themed soirée. Here are three suggestions for a book party at any budget.
published on 2016-04-05
This edition of expert tips comes from Bryony Sutherland, who explains how best to work with a ghostwriter. Bryony has ghostwritten memoirs for music and sports personalities, and how-to books in genres including pregnancy and parenting, career development, health and fitness, and interior design.
published on 2016-03-27
By definition, writers are creative people – and sometimes they use that creativity in less than straightforward ways. In honour of April Fool’s Day, we’ve gathered together a collection of literary hoaxes, fakes, jokes and japes.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.