Category Archives: Getting Published

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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Writers’ workshop at Winchester

Such is the appetite for meeting other writers face-to-face, to mix and mingle with emerging voices and established names, there’s practically a writers’ event around every corner. I’m looking forward to seeing some of you at 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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View from the publisher’s desk

What happens when your submission arrives at a publisher? Will it impress them? Guest blogger Mohana Rajakumar, a publishing director for a new Bloomsbury venture, shares her insider knowhow

Recently I began working for a publisher, which has put me on the other side of the desk. For the past five years or so, I’ve been a writer. Fiction, non-fiction, even a blog to build a readership and ‘platform’ – I’m generally on the submitting side of the literary scene.

And then I began working for a new joint venture Continue reading

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Do you even want to be published?

The surprise news is that Kate Atkinson has gone on the record saying she’d rather not be a published author, much to the amazement of book lovers and other (unpublished?) writers who seem to consider this a Continue reading

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Hay fever (and for my next workshop…)

I was thrilled by the huge turnout for my ‘How to Get Published’ workshop at the Hay Literary Festival. The sun was shining, the atmosphere was exciting and Hay on Wye looked as beautiful as ever. In fact, the Continue reading

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What a new writer needs to get right

Why can some authors do everything badly and get away with it? Do you need to be unique? Or good at branding? Guest blogger Suzanne Collier of Book Careers.com explains all

Careers consultant Suzanne Collier

Careers consultant Suzanne Collier

Even in today’s climate I am still speaking to authors who don’t do their research.

They somehow have gone down the self-publishing route, scraped together the cash to print 3,000 lovely hardback books which are sitting in their garage (or even worse they are paying storage for at a warehouse) without any thought about Continue reading

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