for writers and readers….

10 rules for writing a synopsis

I’m away for a few days so here is something from a year ago which I think is still interesting – synopsis training. The agent Carole Blake, author of From … Continue reading

February 28, 2014 · 10 Comments

Is this the next big thing? Another publishing company is looking for teen and YA fiction ebooks

I see that Bloomsbury Spark – a digital imprint from Bloomsbury Publishing (aka as J.K.Rowling’s publisher) is looking for teen, young adult and new adult fiction from new and established … Continue reading

February 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

I need advice and if you’ve ever bought a book, you’re qualified to give it

Four months ago I self-published BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL – an ebook of 30 writing exercises that I’ve developed over nine years of teaching on university undergraduate courses and … Continue reading

February 24, 2014 · 34 Comments

“Language, as a vehicle, is a lemon…” Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

We writers aren’t sculpting in DNA, or even clay or mud, but words, sentences, paragraphs, syntax, voice; materials issued by tongue or fingertips but which upon release dissolve into the … Continue reading

February 23, 2014 · 5 Comments

Route to Publication by Danny Kemp – the self-published London taxi driver with a film deal

Today I’m handing over my blog to Danny Kemp, a self-published author who came to writing almost by chance. Over to you Danny… I wrote my first book when I … Continue reading

February 19, 2014 · 13 Comments

How fast can you read? Test yourself

My score was 477 per minute in this timed test (which apparently is 91% faster than the rest of the population if you’re feeling competitive.) Click the screen above to … Continue reading

February 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Stephen King on why readers stop reading — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

“In many cases when a reader puts a story aside because it ‘got boring,’ the boredom arose because the writer grew enchanted with his powers of description and lost sight … Continue reading

February 16, 2014 · 14 Comments

TECHNICAL GIZZMOS FOR WRITERS Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers

Haven’t done a Safari Friday post for awhile but I wanted to tell you about TECH FOR WRITERS a new feature on a New Zealand blog Hunting Down the Writing. … Continue reading

February 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

If you want to write a dystopia start with this map…

This fictional map shows what the British Isles might look like in 2100 if sea levels rise and are 100 meters higher than they were in 2000. The artist/cartographer Jay … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · 16 Comments

Reader’s Bill of Rights — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

1. The right to not read 2. The right to skip pages 3. The right to not finish 4. The right to reread 5. The right to read anything 6. … Continue reading

February 9, 2014 · 2 Comments

Good morning Santa Cruz!

Santa Cruz on the coast of California is famous for golden beaches, surfing (they even have a museum dedicated to it) and its liberal social attitudes. Close your eyes and … Continue reading

February 8, 2014 · 2 Comments

Literary Prize for unpublished novels or short story collections

The SI Leeds Literary Prize for unpublished fiction by black and Asian women writers in the UK is now accepting entries for the 2014 Prize. The prize runs biennially and … Continue reading

February 6, 2014 · 6 Comments

Guest Post – The Route to Publication with John O’Donoghue. From the bad old days of the 80s to publishers competing for his memoir

I’m handing my blog over today to John O’Donoghue, winner of Mind Book of the Year 2010 I didn’t have a very good Eighties. For all the triumphalism you see … Continue reading

February 5, 2014 · 6 Comments

Books show us how to live…read more from Anne Lamott Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds … Continue reading

February 2, 2014 · 5 Comments