for writers and readers….

Had your manuscript rejected? Nervous about approaching a publisher? Expert help is at hand…

Normally I just pass on information about writing opportunities, hoping that it will be useful but this time it’s different. I KNOW this course will be useful because I know … Continue reading

April 1, 2018 · 3 Comments

The Accidental Bestseller

Two years ago Alison Waines’ psychological thriller set in contemporary London was published. Suddenly in 2015 sales figures took off. According to The Wall Street Journal, the former psychotherapist found … Continue reading

December 17, 2015 · 5 Comments

The Seven Deadly Sins of Short Story Writing and how to avoid them

This post grew out of an article I originally wrote for the Hysterectomy Association when I was writer in residence of their annual writing competition earlier this year. I recently … Continue reading

October 6, 2014 · 12 Comments

AND THE WINNER IS…this year’s oddest book titles

The shortlist for the 2013 Diagram Prize: Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop by Reginald Bakeley (Conari, £9.99) God’s Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis by Tom Hickman (Square Peg, … Continue reading

March 23, 2013 · 2 Comments