Category Archives: Resources for authors

Ideas and links to help with getting your book out there

Writing opportunities in May and June

This week the emphasis is on opportunities for writers. Some of these competitions are quite specific, and will need some work to refine an entry. Others will just be right for that piece that only needs a final polish. Why … Continue reading

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What exactly is a short story?

If you are new to writing shorter fiction, you may find it difficult to define your work. Is it a short story? Is it a novella? This post has a handy table to guide you through the process of identifying … Continue reading

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How to write first and last lines

First lines are important. They grab attention. Last lines are important too. They stay with the reader. So here are some tips for first and last lines. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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What to do after you think your manuscript is ready

I’ve finished my first draft, so now I need a proofreader. It is the email that makes my heart sink. Yes, I know you have put a lot of effort into getting this far. But no, I’m not in the … Continue reading

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The benefits of being a beta reader

Here is a handy post about how being a beta reader can improve your work. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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5 Tips for writing vivid fiction

We haven’t had any writing tips from famous people for a while. Here are some thoughts about vivid fiction from Edgar Allan Poe. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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5 rules for writing a sequel

Writing a sequel is a good marketing ploy. People know they liked the first one, so it is easier to persuade them to give the next one a try. And of course, you already have an element of the planning … Continue reading

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