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Turning Your Written Words to Author Success on Screen by Lottie Hearn
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So your book is written, published, launched… You’re a bestseller in your local bookstore, you’re sharing your articles with the local press and online… But for some reason you’re not...

Embracing Fear: Really Useful Links for Horror Writers by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in .

With Halloween upon us, our thoughts often turn to the things that frighten us. It’s human nature to seek out scary things. We get a thrill from brief flirtation with...

All About Octocon 2015 by Paul Anthony Shortt
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As a fantasy author, the highlight of my calendar is Octocon. Ireland’s National Science Fiction Convention, Octocon has been running since 1990, only taking a break in 2014 to operate...

Really Useful Links: Conventions and Festivals by Paul Anthony Shortt
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Writing can be a solitary exercise. We don’t even need to leave our homes to do research for a book or contact a publisher – all of human knowledge is...

Really Useful Links for Tackling Non-Fiction by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in .

As a novelist, most of my focus here has been on helping other authors of fiction. However, the market for non-fiction can be quite exciting, if you’ve got a topic...

Dancing All The Way: Ann O’Loughlin’s The Ballroom Café
Posted by Ann O'Loughlin in .

What a wonderful feeling writing The End. After months, maybe years of germinating the idea; writing and rewriting; finally I had turned the corner; The Ballroom Café was finished. Yes,...

Really Useful Links: Perfecting Your Query by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in .

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
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in .

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
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in .

 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
Posted by MC Browne in .

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...