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What Does Perseverance Look Like? by Gráinne Murphy
Posted by Gráinne Murphy in , .

In October 2019, I signed a two-book deal with Legend Press, with my first novel Where the Edge Is due to be published next September. It’s wonderful and exciting and...

Behind the Bestseller with Sam Blake: Podcast Launch!

What makes a book a success? What’s that magic ingredient writers need to bring to their manuscript to make it fly off the shelves? Ever since I started writing I’ve...

Staying Motivated by Sarah Webb
Posted by Sarah Webb in , .

A lot of our content at this time of year is aimed at writers who are starting new projects, but many of you are mid-way and there is nothing harder...

Scrivener: A Software Resource for Writers
Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin in , , .

An article from our archives – consistently one of our most popular postings! When international bestseller Alex Barclay sang the praises of Scrivener in this excellent article, we thought we’d investigate...

Tips on Writing Your First Chapter by Elizabeth Macneal
Posted by Elizabeth Macneal in , .

I am an author and potter based in East London. My novel The Doll Factory is out now, about a young woman who aspires to be an artist, and the...

How to Write Cinematically by Philip Elliott
Posted by Philip Elliott in , .

If people say anything about my comedic L.A. noir novel Nobody Move, it’s that the book is “like a movie.” And for a novel that references film frequently, it’s a...

Age Categories and Word Counts for Children’s Books by Niamh Garvey
Posted by Niamh Garvey in , .

This is a general list of age categories and word counts for children’s books. I have often looked this up and got different results, which makes it very confusing. I...

Plotting a Crime Novel in Public by Miranda Rijks

‘Do you think it would be better if we killed him via electrocution or stabbing? If it’s the former, it could seem like an accident and that would be great,’...

A Writer’s Fears by Michael J. Malone
Posted by Michael J. Malone in , .

Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway by Susan Jeffers has been a number one bestseller three decades and has sold in over 30 countries. The success of this book...

Adapting a Classic for Children by Katherine Woodfine
Posted by Katherine Woodfine in , .

Awesomely Austen: Rewriting Pride and Prejudice for today’s young readers I was twelve when I discovered Jane Austen for the first time. Andrew Davies’ superb adaptation of Pride and Prejudice,...