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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...