Why authors need to get messy

Why authors need to get messy

If you’re an author, or you’re working with an author, then you may beat yourself/them up for being unable to summon up a laser-like focus on the job in hand. Alternatively you may be exasperated by the way your/their creativity and the immediacy of the writing seem to evaporate as the book progresses. (I speak […]

£1000 in Cash Prizes – Young Oxfordshire Writers Competition

£1000 in Cash Prizes – Young Oxfordshire Writers Competition

Enjoy writing?  Fancy reward and recognition for your work? Writers in Oxford (WiO) is running a competition this summer for young Oxfordshire writers (aged 18–30), with £1000 being distributed in cash prizes. Submissions of 500 words, either fiction or non-fiction – and which can have been previously published – are invited of a piece of […]

Introducing The Riff Raff: A new writers’ community

Introducing The Riff Raff: A new writers’ community

Amy Baker is a freelance writer and the author of travel humour memoir, “Miss-Adventures: A Tale of Ignoring Life Advice While Backpacking Around South America”. She has just co-founded The Riff Raff – a writers’ community that champions debut authors and supports those hoping to one day be published themselves.  When working on your first […]

Difficult authors: 14 tips for editors

Difficult authors: 14 tips for editors

Editors deal with all types of clients. Many of them are pleasant and easy to work with. Some can be very difficult. In a previous article, freelance copy-editor Sue Littleford discusses different sorts of difficult clients and the problems an editor faces. Here she follows up with some useful tips on how to tackle these issues.  […]

17 ways to annoy an editor

17 ways to annoy an editor

Editors deal with all types of clients. Many of them are pleasant and easy to work with. Some can be very difficult. Freelance copy-editor Sue Littleford discusses different sorts of difficult clients and the problems an editor faces. Soon to follow is Sue’s companion piece on how to resolve these issues, and what authors can do […]

Writing for international audiences

Writing for international audiences

Writing has a huge potential audience now as we have many ways to access the written word. If not done well, though, writing for a global audience will not reach some readers. Who is the audience? When writers are writing, they may not automatically have their worldwide audience at the front of their mind, or […]

Interview with Pageturner Prize winner Leaf Arbuthnot

Interview with Pageturner Prize winner Leaf Arbuthnot

Leaf Arbuthnot is a feature writer at the London-based Sunday Times. She also writes poetry reviews for the Times Literary Supplement and draws cartoons as the Glum Cartoonist. Her debut novel An Unmaimed Man, has won the Pageturner Prize. Norah Myers interviews her about her prize win here. 1) Congratulations on winning Tibor Jones’s 2017 […]

Curtis Brown Creative: An award-winning author’s perspective

Curtis Brown Creative: An award-winning author’s perspective

Curtis Brown Creative offers in-person courses and online courses for students interested in writing fiction and nonfiction. Norah Myers wanted to know more from a student who successfully completed an online course. Here, she interviews author Jane Harper. 1) What motivated you to sign up for an online writing course with Curtis Brown Creative? I […]

A budding author’s experience of The London Book Fair

A budding author’s experience of The London Book Fair

It’s London Book Fair! A daunting prospect for rookies starting out… Bookollective co-founder Esther Harris remembers Day 1 of her first Fair as a new writer. 7:00 a.m.: Carefully lay out my LBF wardrobe: distressed jeans, heels and blazer. I’m-too-cool to-pitch-however-if-you-happen-to-be-the-editor-of my-dreams-vibe? Check. Hot stationery? Check. Copy of MS (just in case)? Check. 8:00 a.m.: […]

8 writers receive the phone call of a lifetime: Windham-Cambell Prizes announced

8 writers receive the phone call of a lifetime: Windham-Cambell Prizes announced

The director of the Windham-Campbell Prizes at Yale University made the call of a lifetime to eight unsuspecting writers this week, and informed them that they will be recognized with a $165,000 individual prize to support their writing. This year’s recipients of one of the world’s richest literature prizes for the first time include poets, […]