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The Other Side of the Desk

by Clare Cooper Wanted: Writers to fill pages in magazines. Must have thick skins and be prepared to take criticism, rejection and incredibly long waiting times on the chin. Must learn to bite their tongues and not get stroppy, or they will be sent to the naughty desk.  Must accept that ...
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Magpies

by Denise Woodhouse   I like to think I’m not superstitious, yet I always slyly nod or take a sharp, sideways look for your mate, hoping she is not keeping some date with sorrow,   some meeting with ill fate.   The two of you, foraging through your lifelong match, carry me away, in this mirthless stony-skied season, with ...

As a… Writer: Eithne Cullen

This week’s ‘As a…’ interview is all about Pen to Print alumnus Eithne Cullen.   (c) Jimmy Lee Eithne has been writing stories and poetry for a number of years. Her poems have had particular reach and she has seen them published in anthologies and magazines, even winning some prizes along the way. ...

Real Names vs Pen Names

By Luke Edley  There are lots of writers who choose to write under pen names for many different reasons. But few seem to acknowledge why the popularity of certain names can be a determining factor in a writer’s decision to embrace a nom de plume.  Joanne Rowling, for instance, may have chosen J.K. Rowling ...
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New Beginnings

by Mary Walsh   When I was young, I looked for the brow of the hill. With light footsteps, I made my way to the top but as I reached the summit, I found another hill beyond, another brow beckoning me and leading me on. “Don’t look back,” it warned, “lest you be turned to salt.” And so I ran or ...

As a… Writer: RJ Barker

For our latest ‘As A Writer’ interview - L.M. Towton ask fantasy author, R.J. Barker about himself and his writing.   We have met RJ a few times at, writing convention, Edge-Lit in Derby. Mostly this has been through attending his extremely entertaining and interactive workshops - complete with props and chaos, but the ...

Netgalley for Authors

by Maria Riegger In 2019, I used  NetGalley  for the first time. NetGalley  is a paid site used by independent authors and publishers to obtain more book reviews. Here, I’m reporting on my first use of NetGalley and the results.  First,  what is  NetGalley? Authors and publishers can pay to list their books on the site. NetGalley subscribers  (it’s ...
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Barking Gecko

by Eithne Cullen   The sign tells us we’ll see the Barking Gecko, well, I can tell you I’ve never seen the Barking Gecko, coming in from Gospel Oak or on the tube from Mile End, anyway.   The sign says I will recognise it by its vivid colour—green— with markings on its back, well I’ve never seen one with white, yellow or ...

As an… Editor, Publisher & Author: Alysoun Owen

From our ‘As A…’ series, Write On! questions editor, publisher and author Alysoun Owen about her different roles in the writing industry.  Alysoun Owen is an experienced publisher and the Editor of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook and author of the Writers’ & Artists’ Guide to Getting Published. She runs a publishing consultancy whose clients ...

10 Reasons Why Reading is Good For You

by Claire Buss 1. Reading is stimulating! Remember the last time you read a great book? It probably got your heart racing in some way or made you think differently about something. Perhaps it scared you, made you laugh or cry. Either way, it got your brain working out and that ...