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How to deal with rejection letters

Author Emma Bowd

Author Emma Bowd

Behind every published author is someone who’s had to deal with rejection. But how do you get over it? Guest blogger novelist Emma Bowd shares her experiences of dealing with the dreaded ‘no thank you’ letters.

As a published author, I can have the luxury of saying that rejection letters are an absolute rite-of-passage. But I’m also not so far away from the coal face to have quite forgotten the sting of Continue reading

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Who wants to be a ‘proper writer’?

Writer John Simmons

John Simmons

Our guest blogger author John Simmons believes it’s wrong to draw a line between the ‘proper writer’ and other types of writer. What do you think, do you agree?

Are you a writer? I sometimes get exasperated by people – often people who describe themselves as writers – who insist on Continue reading

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Are you a natural born author?

Novelist Emma Bowd

Novelist Emma Bowd

Is an author born or made? It’s a big question. Over to guest blogger Emma Bowd, author of The Shoe Princess’s Guide to the Galaxy, who explains what can (and can’t) be taught. Going by what she says below, do you think you have the personality traits of an author?

I honestly believe you are born to be an author. It is within you and not made. The feedback I consistently got from Continue reading

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Jargon buster: PLR can make you cash

There’s been a fair bit of noise lately about how first-time authors are missing out on money from their books. This follows the revelation that Tim Butcher received no PLR payments for his first book, Blood River, which turned out to be the most borrowed travel title of 2007-8.

Because Tim wasn’t PLR registered, he missed out on Continue reading

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Seven secrets of writing a page-turner

shoeprincessNovelist Emma Bowd, whose The Shoe Princess’s Guide to the Galaxy is published by Bloomsbury, knows a thing or two about life, love and shoes (see her Shoe Princess blog!) – and writing the perfect page-turner. Here she shares the tips that helped her on the road to publication. Do let us know how you get on putting them into practice.

I wasn’t classically trained in creative writing as such, but I did learn a lot of lessons ‘on the job’ from my brilliant editor, Marian McCarthy, the pick of which I’ve Continue reading

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Discover the art of the rewrite

Guest blogger author John Simmons on how to be even more creative

Author John Simmons

Author John Simmons

A designer friend of mine who loves conundrums, said to me last week: “Sometimes the more cornered you are, the more fun you have.”

That struck a chord with me as a writer. I’ve become increasingly convinced of the creative value of writing to constraints. It sounds counter-intuitive but constraints do liberate.

I’ve recently put this theory to the test in a […]  Continue reading

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The freedom that comes your way but once

Plunge in and don’t hold back, says guest blogger novelist Mavis Cheek

Novelist Mavis Cheek

Novelist Mavis Cheek

When I wrote my first novel, 23 years ago, I had a freedom that comes a novelist’s way but once – the freedom of being a hitherto unpublished author, the freedom of being a writer untainted by success. And it is a joy. The novice can plunge in and apply any rules, tricks, tweaks and lessons learned without fear or favour.

The virgin author can imagine everything and know nothing for certain – including whether or not […]  Continue reading

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