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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 ...

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 ...

Turning Family History into Stories

by Sheila Johnson My historical romance, Waireka - Maori for sweet waters- began as a fictionalised account of a real family story.   A distant relative of my Father’s wrote an account of his first ancestors arrival in New Zealand from Scotland. The story my relative shared was captivating as it explored the difficult conditions of my relatives as early nineteenth ...

From Roots to Routes

by Daisy Hart Writing for me has never been about the physical act, and instead has always been a way for me to project my worries, experiences and beliefs into a world where for me, clarity doesn’t exist. As a child I attended a Steiner school, a German schooling system where children do ...

Separating the Rocks From the Spindryer

By Gertcha Cowson I think I have always had a gift for using words in abstract and metaphoric ways but could never get myself to sit down and put it to paper. I did try writing lyrics when I was a teenager but, life got in the way and I put ...