Category Archives: The Writers’ Summer school Swanwick

Submissions, why it is important to do your research.

All writers get to the stage where they think their work is “ready” for publication. For those of us who would love to get a publisher (or agent) to take us on, there are a few things that are essential … Continue reading

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The joys of free writing

Athletes of all kinds often say that when they are doing things automatically with freedom, skill, and success that they “are in the zone.”  Those of you who can remember back to Headingly 1981 saw two of the finest examples … Continue reading

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Why I’m Not Doing NaNoWriMo This Year

First up I want to say what a great idea NaNoWriMo is, it encourages people to write and we need more writers in the world than we do corrupt politicians and uncaring governments. But, I am not doing it this … Continue reading

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Managing serial fiction – the nuts and bolts

I am now writing my fifth book of a young adult series concerning the eponymous hero Jack Janson. At the beginning in book 1, Jack is a few days short of his twelfth birthday and now, in book 5 he … Continue reading

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The magic of Swanwick

Here I am in the main lounge sitting quietly after a presentation this morning on ebook publishing. There are four others in the room with me and they are engrossed in their writing or reading something. Other courses are going … Continue reading

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Take every opportunity

A writing acquaintance of mine who I meet up with at the Writers’ Summer School, Swanwick in August each year is a wonderful lady. A writer, journalist, and all round good egg, she has written over 50 books and is … Continue reading

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Selling your books to bookshops

Okay, so you’ve self published your own book and done it the old fashioned way and have hundreds if not thousands of copies in boxes filling every available space in your home. I know, I have been that writer. What … Continue reading

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