Tag Archives: writing

Why professional ghostwriters don’t work for peanuts [winning blog idea February]

Why professional ghostwriters don’t work for peanuts [winning blog idea February]

Each month BookMachine offers a community member, with great ideas, the chance to write on the site. February’s winner was Emma Murray, who wrote for us about why it’s worth investing in a good ghostwriter. Emma is a bestselling author and ghostwriter, specialising in business, psychology and higher education. She also ghosts books, blogs, articles, case […]

Why writing rules and outlining won’t squelch your creativity

Why writing rules and outlining won’t squelch your creativity

Lisa Poisso is a fiction editor and book writing coach working with independent authors and new authors seeking representation. Lisa helps emerging authors tune their manuscripts to publishing industry standards and craft commercial fiction that resonates with readers. Find her at Lisa Poisso, follow her on Twitter at @LisaPoisso, or like her on Facebook. This guest […]

Write to the End of Your Novel: Interview with Anna Davis

Write to the End of Your Novel: Interview with Anna Davis

Norah Myers recently interviewed Curtis Brown Creative’s Rufus Purdy about Curtis Brown Creative, the writing school led by the team at Curtis Brown. Here, she follows that by interviewing Curtis Brown’s managing director, Anna Davis, about a new course from Curtis Brown Creative: Write to the End of Your Novel. 1) How does Write To […]

Post-publication editing for self-publishing authors

Post-publication editing for self-publishing authors

Louise Harnby is a professional proofreader and copy-editor who specializes in helping independent authors of fiction and non-fiction bring clarity and consistency to their books. To get in touch, visit her website: Louise Harnby | Proofreader. I’m a specialist author’s proofreader and copy-editor. I work primarily with independent fiction writers in a variety of genres […]

Should you send your whole manuscript to a prospective editor?

Should you send your whole manuscript to a prospective editor?

Lisa Poisso is a fiction editor and book writing coach working with independent authors and new authors seeking representation. Lisa helps emerging authors tune their manuscripts to publishing industry standards and craft commercial fiction that resonates with readers. Find her at Lisa Poisso, follow her on Twitter at @LisaPoisso, or like her on Facebook. This guest […]

Dead Ink publisher to receive Art Council grant

Dead Ink publisher to receive Art Council grant

Dead Ink, an independent press based in Liverpool has just received confirmation of a significant grant of £65,359 from Arts Council England. The grant will enable Dead Ink to ambitiously expand their Publishing the Underground project. Publishing the Underground seeks to bring new writers to publication by connecting them with readers who act as literary […]

Startup snapshot: Leanpub

Startup snapshot: Leanpub

Len Epp is a Co-Founder of Leanpub. He wrote a doctorate in English Literature before working as an investment banker in London, so enjoys wearing the seemingly contradictory hats of resident corporate finance and literary type person at Leanpub. We interviewed him about Leanpub here.  1) What exactly is Leanpub? Leanpub is a book writing […]

Community Building: pleasure, pain and lessons learned

Community Building: pleasure, pain and lessons learned

One evening a group of publishing people got together to think through ways to keep in touch throughout their careers. The aim was to keep it casual and get lots of people involved. There were too many conferences, a lot of formality – and really, lots of people they knew who just wanted to meet […]

Writing unthinkingly: 7 steps to finding a writing habit that works for you

Writing unthinkingly: 7 steps to finding a writing habit that works for you

It’s all too easy to put off writing. I’m just way too busy, now’s not the right time, there’s other stuff going on. We know that writers delay writing for years – decades even. Not because of laziness or fear of hard graft but rather because their project seems so overwhelming. This is where the […]

The business of publishing: on writing a book live

The business of publishing: on writing a book live

You’d think that publishers would be in the perfect position to turn their hand to writing a book, wouldn’t you? Especially one who actually began her career – back in the Cretaceous Period – as a writer: my first gig fresh out of university in 1991 was to write a dictionary of saints’ lives for […]