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Want to learn how to write a crime book? Just ask the experts

dailyrecord.co.uk – Wednesday June 28, 2017

New crime writer Chris McGarry spoke to Scottish crime heavyweights Val McDermid and Chris Brookmyre to get insider knowledge on writing a hit.

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I thought writing novels from home was the dream - I didn't realise how lonely I had become

telegraph.co.uk – Monday June 26, 2017

Days had gone by when I realised I hadn’t left my house. I had got up every morning and showered, hit my desk to write a couple of thousand words, had leftovers for lunch, welcomed the children back from school, made dinner for everyone, then went to bed leaving my husband working downstairs. I hadn’t spoken to anyone but my family in days.

I used to chat with friends throughout the day, but now we all seem to prefer to text than phone. We leave messages underneath Facebook posts, and should one of us try to make plans, we never quite manage to synchronize diaries.

One of my dearest friends lives around the corner, and works for the International Animal Rescue. She works at home too. We text each other regularly saying ‘let’s meet for lunch’, but I am on deadline, or she is running to New York for a meeting and then I realise just how lonely I have become.

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20 inspirational pieces of advice for writers on National Writing Day

telegraph.co.uk – Wednesday June 21, 2017

June 21st is National Writing Day, a celebration of writing creatively that aims to encourage people of all ages to 'put pen to paper, unleash their imagination and make their voices heard'.

A number of events marking the occasion are being held across the UK, details of which can be found on the National Writing Day website

On social media many people, professional authors among them, have been sharing their tips on how to go about become a better writer. Here are a selection of the best.

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Top Tips for Writing a Killer Proposal

foyles.co.uk – Friday June 16, 2017

Writing a dazzling nonfiction proposal that will attract publishers is an art. As an agent I spend a lot of timing honing nonfiction proposals with authors. Here are ten top tips that all budding authors should bear in mind when putting together a killer proposal. 

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Publishers rejected me, but I went on to earn six-figures selling 1,000 books a day

telegraph.co.uk – Tuesday June 13, 2017

Millions dream of quitting the grind and replacing their income through a rewarding, creative endeavour.

And what could be simpler - and more glamorous - than writing a bestselling novel?

After years of not knowing how the next month’s bill would be paid, thriller writer Mark Edwards is among a new and growing elite of high-earning authors who broke away from traditional publishing routes and self-published online.

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Buying houses in cash and selling millions: meet self-publishing's 'hidden' authors

theguardian.com – Thursday June 8, 2017

When Keith Houghton bought his four-bedroom detached house earlier this year, he did a rare thing for an author: he paid cash, with earnings from his books.

Keith who, you may ask? Houghton is one of a handful of so-called “hidden” bestsellers: his self-published crime thrillers are ebooks, sales of which are not monitored by the UK’s official book charts (if they don’t have ISBNs, which self-published titles often don’t).

Houghton made his money over the past six years by selling more than 500,000 books, chiefly through his Gabe Quinn series of thrillers. In a world in which traditionally published authors struggle to make £7,000 a year from their work, it is no wonder Houghton says: “I feel like I have won the lottery.”

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Andrea Mara on having the confidence to write a novel

irishexaminer.com – Friday June 2, 2017

THIS time three years ago, I got up, put on a dress and heels, and drove to my office in Dublin’s Financial Services Centre to look at my long to-do list. 

I know this not because it stands out in any way, but because back then it’s what I did every day. 

Today, I’m sitting at my kitchen table in jeans and flats, looking at an equally long but very different to-do list, and getting set to launch my first book, a psychological thriller about a woman who sees something strange in her next-door neighbour’s garden.

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Stuck While Writing? Try This Brilliant Advice

themarysue.com – Wednesday May 31, 2017

Every writer knows that while there are the blessed moments where words seem to pour forth in a magical river, sometimes the act of writing is like pulling teeth. Actually, pulling teeth sounds a lot easier than attempting to write when you’re blocked. The following approaches to getting unstuck could prove extremely helpful—I know they’ve helped me.

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Scribbling at Sea

By Lesley Middleton

firstwriter.com – Monday May 29, 2017

Successful author, Diane Janes is interviewed by novice writer, Lesley Middleton

Most people boarding a cruise ship are looking forward to sightseeing, socialising and, perhaps most of all, relaxing on deck soaking up the sun. Not author Diane Janes though – at least not whilst she's on board as a guest speaker. When she's not enthralling passengers with talks about famous authors and real-life crime mysteries, she uses her time on the ship to write her own books. There are few interruptions and plenty of food and drink readily available so maybe more writers should follow her example.

As a novice writer, I was thrilled to meet Diane on a recent cruise on P&O's Oriana. Diane is generous in her encouragement to new writers. She will happily chat to cruise passengers with ambitions to see themselves in print and has tutored several courses for would-be authors, despite never having had any ambitions to become a teacher. She very graciously agreed to being interviewed by me.

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How Eleanor Oliphant changed a writer's life, and set the publishing world ablaze: an interview with Gail Honeyman

heraldscotland.com – Saturday May 27, 2017

GAIL Honeyman shakes her head, as if to shrug off the shades of a dazzling but unbelievable dream.

We are meeting in a cafe bar in the west end of Glasgow, where her debut novel, the source of that sense of slight but delighted bewilderment, is also largely set. Her book is entitled Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. It is a moving, funny, and by the end, devastating novel, and also a rare thing: a debut novel from Scotland which pitched the literary world into a kind of delirium. Ms Honeyman, 45, wrote the novel while she worked at Glasgow University - she created it, as many aspiring writers do, in snatched parcels of precious time - in the morning, in the evening, on holiday. But when it was complete, and in the hands of her agent, it ignited the publishing world. "It was a massive shock," she says.

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