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Guest author, blogger and former police officer, Clare Mackintosh, shares how to research police procedure. Clare is an author, feature writer and columnist. She is the founder of Chipping Norton Literary Festival and spent twelve years in the police force, working on CID, in custody and as a public order commander. Claire’s novel I Let You Go is
Everyone has heard of metaphors, it’s something most people are taught at school, but are they still relevant to your writing? Yes. Undoubtedly, metaphors enhance your writing, whether you’re penning a novel, short story, poem, or an English assignment. But to use them effectively, it’s important to fully understand what metaphors are in terms of definition, how to not confuse them with similes, and understanding all the different ways they can strengthen your work with examples. In this article I will
A few weeks ago, I was asked what I do for a living. When I said, ‘I’m an author,’ the gentleman said, ‘Oh, what do you write? Crime?’ ‘No, romantic comedies.’ ‘What, like Dame Barbara Cartland?’ ‘Er, no. She wrote historical romance.’ ‘So not like that E. L. James either then?’ ‘No. She writes erotica.’ He
As writers ourselves, we know how daunting it can be to self-publish your first novel. Member L M West did just that, embarking on the mammoth task of learning all the skills effective self-publishing involves. Now, she’s reaping the rewards. From editorial assessments to cover commissioning, she takes us through her process and explains why
You’ve finally finished your book! After months of writing, followed by toing and froing with your beta readers and editor, the book is ready to go to print. But just as you’re thinking of jetting away somewhere hot and having a much-deserved rest, your publisher (or Amazon Central) asks you for an author headshot. You
Self-publishing is no mean feat. After the herculean task of writing your book, it may seem easy to go at it yourself. Maybe you’ve already explored the option of traditional publishing, and it isn’t for you. Perhaps you’re burnt out from the hunt for an agent. Either way, if you’re reading this, self-publishing may well
In the second module of this course, Nicholas Erik takes us through key metrics including CPC, CTR, ACOS and conversion.
Most writers will suffer from a lack of confidence at some stage in their career. In this session we look at practical ways to help build resilience in your writer’s life and confidence in your work. And ask the big question: Should you read your reviews – or not?
Part of a series of sessions filmed live at the self-publishing day event in London. This is Dean’s candidly told story, with screengrabs demonstrating just how much better things have become since he took control of his own career. Dean gives you advice based on the knowledge he’s picked up along the way. This session includes a Q&A at the end.