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Really Useful Links: Perfecting Your Query by Paul Anthony Shortt
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Query letters are a dreaded thing, at least for most authors I know – myself included. It takes the right balance of salesperson, artist, and critic to take everything an...

Really Useful Links: Diversifying by Paul Anthony Shortt
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Diversity in fiction has been a hot topic for a while. Those of you interested in speculative fiction may have heard of the recent controversy surrounding this year’s Hugo Awards, for...

Really Useful Links: Both Sides of the Law by Paul Anthony Shortt
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 All of the greatest adventure or crime stories include characters skirting, or even outright defying, the law. Even less action-packed genres can wind up with their heroes in conflict with...

Surviving Self Publishing: One Year On by MC Browne
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It’s a year since I finished my second creative writing course (Curtis Brown Creative aka CBC) and two whole years since I decided to actually sit down and write a novel. My...

Writing Action Scenes: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
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I love action scenes. They’re some of my favourite things to write, so much so that many of my best book ideas come from the spark of a new climactic...

Really Useful Links: Starting At The Beginning by Paul Anthony Shortt
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“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” – Ernest Hemingway As I’ve done more freelance work and thought over my own...

Really Useful Links: Research by Paul Anthony Shortt
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Whether you like to plot out your book completely in advance or dive right in and see where inspiration takes you, one of the most important jobs for any author...

Why do Writers Need to Network? by Darren Darker
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Last week I wrote an article about the benefits of going to book launches. I pontificated about the opportunity to listen to the author tell you about their novel and...

Really Useful Links: Looking After Your Health by Paul Anthony Shortt
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I’ve previously talked about the mental toll that writing can take on us. But while mental health is important, we shouldn’t neglect our physical well-being either. We often think of...

Really Useful Links: Celebrating Your Book by Paul Anthony Shortt
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So you’ve had a book published. It’s out there, in the world. Now it’s time for more hard work and promotion, (and let’s not forget you need to get that...