for writers and readers….

Search for a Bestseller – a £50,000 opportunity for a new novelist

Richard and Judy – that’s husband and wife Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan – are searching for a new bestselling writer. The competition is open to unpublished novelists resident in … Continue reading

April 16, 2016 · 8 Comments

Writing at my own speed – Sarah Waters Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

I hate the idea of being paid for a book before I’ve written it, I’d rather be writing it at my own speed. I am quite disciplined as a writer … Continue reading

September 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

Does this novel have the best feel-good title?

French writer Agnes Martin-Lugand self-published her first novel in December 2013. People started reading it. And then more people and pretty soon it was at the top of the French … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · 3 Comments

Why a novel is like a car…Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

It is perfectly legitimate to write novels which are essentially prose poems, but in the end, I think, a novel is like a car, and if you buy a car … Continue reading

March 8, 2015 · 7 Comments

HURRY! Two week window to submit to a mainstream publisher

Tinder Press – part of Headline publishing group – have announced that for two weeks authors without an agent will be able to submit a manuscript directly to them. The … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · 16 Comments

How she did it. Kath McGurl’s 11 year Route to Publishing a Novel

The guest post this week comes from Kath McGurl and I am very glad to welcome her. I know Kath through her popular blog where she offers advice and information … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

Elizabeth Hein’s Route to Publication – a lesson in learning the craft, a lesson in not giving up or giving in…

I am very glad to hand over my blog today to Elizabeth Hein who lives in North Carolina. We have only met online  – but as a regular reader of … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · 3 Comments

Questions, Questions, Questions…. a novelist has to have a lot of answers before putting pen to paper, says guest writer Helen Carey

I’m delighted that I’m handing over my blog today to novelist Helen Carey. She is best known for her bestselling World War Two novels Lavender Road, Some Sunny Day and … Continue reading

September 3, 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Literary Prize for unpublished novels or short story collections

The SI Leeds Literary Prize for unpublished fiction by black and Asian women writers in the UK is now accepting entries for the 2014 Prize.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

Fight Club: What’s the first rule of a Sequel?

Well, Chuck Palahniuk has decided that we can talk about it because he has announced that he is going to write a sequel to Fight Club nearly 20 years after … Continue reading

July 31, 2013 · 2 Comments

A chance to write a London murder mystery with leading novelists

I’ve heard of crowd-sourcing in terms of communal fund raising (I contributed recently to the publication of a graphic novel which should be coming out in the autumn) but this … Continue reading

July 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

The worst opening sentence to a novel

Since 1982 the English Department at San Jose State University has sponsored the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest challenging entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst possible novel. The … Continue reading

December 8, 2012 · 4 Comments