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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Barbara Nadel: What’s Your Story

by Eithne Cullen Barbara and I meet in the relaxed setting of the Writers’ Lounge. A familiar face at Pen to Print, she mentored me when I wrote my first novel, The Ogress of Reading, and has been a mentor to many other Book Challenge writers. A book of colourful tarot card ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Pen to Print Resolutions 2020

by Claire Buss The Pen to Print alumni share their 2020 writing goals. My writing goals for 2020: Find an agent/publisher for my first novel (same goal as 2019) – long-term goal is to be traditionally published Find an agent for my second novel Find the time to write my third novel, which has been ...

The Enigma of Success

by Claire Buss As we come to the end of another year now is the time to look back and reflect on how much we have managed to achieve,  a time to measure our success. But that rather begs the question of what exactly is success to a writer?   This is how ...