Malorie Blackman, the former Children’s Laureate and champion of children’s literature, talks to Lucy Coats about her path to publication, the obstacles she faced as a writer of colour, and her top writing tips.
Social media is one of the best ways to connect with readers, build a large, engaged audience – and promote your books. To succeed, it pays to think strategically about what you want to achieve.
Do you want to get published? Have you written a book but have no idea how to take the next steps? Brought to you by Publishing Talk, the How to Get Published masterclass is an essential day for all authors starting out.
Narrative nonfiction is nonfiction’s equivalent of the novel, says Daniel Smith. Here’s how to turn your idea into a compelling read.
Want to write a memoir? Adam Kay’s “This is Going to Hurt” is part of a new trend of immersive memoirs with a message. But what does it take to write and publish one?
The book used to be the thing you marketed. Today it’s also a tool to market yourself or your business. Business coach, content consultant and publisher Alison Jones shares her advice for using self-publishing as a business strategy.
Children’s agent Hilary Delamere answers a frequently-asked and fundamental question about agents: What are they for and what do they do?
New Year’s resolutions rarely make it past January. How can you make sure your writing resolution sticks? Chris Smith shares his rules for setting a goal you’ll stick to.
You’ve written a book. Now what? To build a career as an author you need to know how to get published as well as how to write. Jon Reed shares some pointers to help you navigate the process – from preparing a query letter to getting an agent to landing your first publishing deal.
You choose an agent as much as an agent chooses you. But which one is right for you? Kirsty McLachlan looks at what different types of agent can offer.
Looking for some NaNoWriMo inspiration? Elizabeth Haynes tells Danuta Kean how she researches her bestselling crime novels – and how NaNoWriMo helps her write.
Writing in exotic locations – and occasionally shop windows – is all in a day’s work for narrative nonfiction author Isabel Losada.
Develop your craft with these 10 essential books for writers. How many have you read? And which others would you recommend?
Don’t get too carried away with excitement and gratitude when an agent offers to represent you. Put on your business hat and look out for these common pitfalls with agency agreements.
There are lots of Twitter hashtags out there that are useful to help writers promote their work, connect with other writers, and – well – write. How do you use them, and which should you use?
Jon Reed asks bestselling hybrid author Nick Spalding which side of the publishing fence is best – traditional or indie?
LinkedIn is one of the most powerful tools you can use for your publishing job search. Suzanne Collier of bookcareers.com shares her top ten tips for using it effectively.
Where does Wire in the Blood creator Val McDermid get her ideas? Danuta Kean investigates.
Self-publishing is all about ebooks – right? Not always, says Anna Lewis, who explores the possibilities of print.
With many students doing some form of work placement over the summer, Suzanne Collier of bookcareers.com shares her top ten tips for making the most of it.
Alison Baverstock, author of How to Market Books, offers her top 10 marketing tips for self-published authors.
Feeling overwhelmed by your writing goal? Chris Smith of Prolifiko says you can achieve big things by thinking small. Here are his top 7 tips for incorporating a ‘small thinking’ methodology into your writing process.
This year’s London Book Fair featured a panel discussion about the topical issue of the day: “Brexit: Good News or Bad News for the Publishing Industry?” And (spoiler alert) the answer from delegates was a resounding “Bad News” – by a margin of 140-0. But what do you think?
Productivity isn’t just a way to show off to colleagues and suck up to your boss. Getting things done allows you to spend more time doing the things you love and want to do. Bec Evans shares her favourite tactics to make short shrift of the long to-do list.
The end is in sight! Here’s your final week of writing prompts from Sarah Salway to see you through to the end of NaNoWriMo.
Are you half way through your NaNoWriMo draft? Here’s your next week of writing prompts from Sarah Salway!
Are you surviving NaNoWriMo? Here’s your second week of writing prompts from Sarah Salway to keep you going!
So it’s November, that month when many writers start an annual obsession with word counts and sleep deprivation! Whether or not you’re joining in the annual novelathon, boost your productivity by taking Sarah Salway’s challenge to write something every day for the next 30 days.
Kerry Wilkinson is something of an accidental author. His debut, Locked In, was written as a challenge to himself but, after self-publishing, it became a UK number one bestseller within three months of release. Then he signed a six-book deal with Pan Macmillan. Jon Reed asks him how he did it.