Top Tips for "Aspiring" Writers
huffingtonpost.co.uk – Wednesday August 26, 2015
I'm often asked if I have any nuggets of wisdom for aspiring writers.
Being me; terrible at stringing sentences together verbally, and often angsty about my work, I tend to deflect, self-deprecatingly, and redirect the question back into the conversation.
A Book Well Worth the Wait
publishersweekly.com – Sunday August 23, 2015
An editor publishes a book by a writer whose work he fell in love with 20 years ago.
Revealed: Why the Dragon Tattoo girl is really a man (...and why Stieg Larsson wrote off Inspector Morse)
dailymail.co.uk – Sunday August 23, 2015
The heroine should act like a man while the hero should be a â€˜bimbo' – and neither should ever behave like Inspector Morse.
These are the bizarre rules of crime writing, according to the stunningly successful author of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
ePublish and Be Damned!
huffingtonpost.com – Saturday August 22, 2015
There's an old clichÃ© in the ink stained trade from which I hail, "Every journalist has a novel in him, which is an excellent place for it."
But in 2004, when I was young, dumb and full of cum, I paid no heed to caution or wisdom. I had a daredevil idea, for a non-fiction book about jails in the USA, and submitted the proposal to several literary agencies based out of London.
Making a living from writing, writing from making a living
theguardian.com – Thursday August 20, 2015
For authors from Ken Kesey to Nathan Filer and Christie Watson, conventional working life has provided a vital resource – and not only in getting the rent paid.
Reply to a bad review
firstwriter.com – Thursday August 20, 2015
In the years that we've been publishing our Writers' Handbook and other titles we've been pleased to get a lot of good reviews: previous editions score averages of four stars on Amazon, and an amazing 70% of reviewers for our 2015 edition gave it the maximum score: five out of five. Customers have called it "excellent", a "wonderful book" and "a must have for writers" – but, inevitably, amongst the generally positive reviews there are also the occasional negative ones. This is only to be expected, of course – you can't please all of the people all of the time – but it can be frustrating when the criticism comes not from a fault with the book, but a customer's misunderstanding of the intent. This isn't the customer's fault, of course – it identifies that, in that instance, we've failed to adequately communicate the reasons for the choices that have been made.
Science Reveals the Advantage Writers Have Over the Rest of Us
mic.com – Tuesday August 18, 2015
Science has good news for people who write: The consequences of putting pen to paper go beyond hand cramps and furrowed eyebrows.
Study after study has linked the act of writing to myriad mental and physical health benefits, including elevated mood and emotional well-being, decreased stress, an improved ability to deal with trauma and even physical healing.
50 Shades of self-publishers: Fame and fortune through publishing yourself online
express.co.uk – Sunday August 16, 2015
Once dismissed as vanity books, the success of EL James has paved the way for a new generation of novelists who have found fame and fortune after publishing themselves online.
If You Want to Be a Writer Then Write!
huffingtonpost.co.uk – Saturday August 15, 2015
I don't usually read Good Housekeeping, but a GH story featuring Gone Girl novelist Gillian Flynn featured on my Facebook timeline today and I had a look. Flynn was describing how redundancy from her magazine journalism job was the kick she needed to really get focused on her writing.
Some tips on approaching an agent
By Andrew Lownie
Literary Agent, The Andrew Lownie Literary Agency Ltd
firstwriter.com – Friday February 20, 2015
Our thanks to Andrew Lownie, named by Publishers Marketplace as the top selling agent worldwide, for providing this advice on how best to present yourself to an agent. This article is taken from The firstwriter.com Writers' Handbook 2015, available through Amazon, Amazon UK, and other outlets all over the world.