Finding an Agent or Publisher: Pros and Cons

Finding an Agent or Publisher: Pros and Cons

At the outset, I have to say I’d love an agent. But I don’t have one, even though my second crime novel is being published soon. I’d tried several agencies before securing my own contract with Ringwood, a non-profit company showcasing new authors. Sadly, a rare breed....
Finding a local writers group

Finding a local writers group

The idea of a writer being ‘born in a cellar and living in a garret.’ was coined by English writer Samuel Foote in the 1700s. But from Socrates to the present, many writers do emerge from their garrets to congregate in groups. I wonder how many writers submit to...
Storytelling: Art or Science?

Storytelling: Art or Science?

‘A real work of art destroys in the consciousness of the receiver the separation between himself and the reader.’ Leo Tolstoy All authors want readers to finish their masterpieces. Now and again, I’m so taken by a book I read it in one go. During my storytelling...
Hooks, Lines, and Sinkers…

Hooks, Lines, and Sinkers…

Choosing a title for a book is as hard as writing it. Choosing a newspaper headline can be even harder: the time for dithering is short before presses roll. But the time we take to decide whether or not to read an article is even shorter: 3 seconds, according to...
Submissions: 5 things you Don’t do (apparently)

Submissions: 5 things you Don’t do (apparently)

Writing is tough: time-consuming, brain-addling. Pitching to an agent or a publisher accepting direct submissions is worse: time-consuming, brain-addling plus frustrating when they don’t answer and demoralising when the rejections trickle back. Before submitting my...