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Make your First Impression Count

Published on 25th July 2014 by Emily Ashton in Creative Writing

When you start working on your next novel or short story, give a little thought to your opening paragraph. It’s easy to rush through to the exciting bits of your story, but keep in mind that if your opening doesn’t grab your reader’s attention, it might be the only part of the story they read! A strong opening is the key to getting your rea...

Top Ten Tips for Submitting to an Agent or Publisher

Published on 18th July 2014 by Diana Nadin

Most published writers would agree that the hardest part of the process is finding someone in the industry who is willing to take a chance on your book. Agents and publishers receive hundreds of submissions from unpublished writers every day, so what can you do to give your work the best possible chance? 1. Do your research – Every agent and publ...

Why Should I Write for Children?

Published on 4th July 2014 by Emily Ashton

The children’s book market offers a huge range of opportunities for new writers, and if you think you’re up to the challenge then it could be the best decision you ever make. If this is something you’ve never given much thought to, then there’s no better time to give it a go! But what is it that makes writing for children so rewarding? Most...