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Get Writing Fit For 2020

Remember those New Year writing resolutions you made? If they’re all but a distant memory now, fear not, for short story editor Clare Cooper is here with some light-hearted tips to whip you back into shape…  WALKING AND LIFTING  Power-walk your way to your nearest bookshop, remembering to take your Christmas book tokens with you.  Now, buy as many books as you can afford.  Balance it out by buying an even ...
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Holocaust Memorial Day

by Philip Shamplina   Holocaust Memorial Day We stood in silence, nothing more to say Remembering what has happened in the past And the long shadow, it did cast   Gathered together with survivors Realizing what divides us Hatred for others who are seen as different Destruction is their bent   Not one person would they miss And not one trick did go ...

As a… Writer: Patsy Collins

From our ‘As A…’ series, L.M. Towton questions author and prolific short story writer Patsy Collins about herself and her writing.  Patsy Collins spends her time making things up and writing them down from her home in Lee-on-the-Solent or whilst traveling in a campervan. She is the author of five novels, ...

When Writers Become Publishers

By Madeleine White  These days everyone is a writer. You might not think so, but if you use social media, email, or Whatsapp with conviction, you are able to say you write. However, in this digital free-for-all, something has also gone missing. Beyond the algorithms that feed us with whatever they think we ...

As a… Writer: Claire Buss

From our ‘As A…’ series, Write On! interviews writer Claire Buss.  Claire is an award-winning,  multi-genre author and poet. She wanted to be Lois Lane when she grew up but work experience at her local paper was eye-opening. Instead, Claire went on to work in a variety of admin roles for ...

Coping With Rejection

by Seb Reilly  As everyone who has worked in sales knows, there is a pattern to rejection. Door-to-door sales work on the 10% rule—for every ten people they speak to, one will buy what they are selling. The acceptance ratio in publishing is much lower than 10% but the principle still ...
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Universe

by Dan Cross   Almost all eyes were facing forwards. My wife was on the stage. Her white skirt trembled in the draft of the old theatre. Her bare feet were flat against floorboards. She pulled her stocking-covered legs into her chest and rested her forehead against the tops of her knees. A ...

As a… Writer: Ian Ayris

In the first of our ‘As A…’ series, Lynda Shepherd interviews crime writer Ian Ayris.  Photo Credit: Karen Ayris No stranger to Pen to Print, Ian has been a mentor to Book Challengers, as well as running a series of writing workshops for budding writers. He was born in Dagenham, Essex, having ...

Why Authors Need Editors

by Kim Kimber You’ve finished writing your book. You may well have spent months, years even, slogging away but finally your first draft is complete. I say ‘first draft’ because that’s exactly what it should be. Writing is only part of the process, the next, and most important, stage is editing and this is where ...