Kate Murdoch on Managing Multiple Manuscripts

Award-winning author Kate Murdoch is about to release her second novel, The Orange Grove, which delves into the murky relationships between the five mistresses of a nobleman in early 18th century France.

How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal

Think of your book proposal as a business plan for your book. It explains your book's content, the need it fills and where it fits in the market. Further, it positions you, the author, as the most qualified person to write and promote the book.

Natalie Muller, Publisher at Black Cockie Press

Ever wondered what it takes to become a publisher? Natalie Muller has done just that. An experienced teacher, she became increasingly drawn to the world of books. After completing a Master of Arts in writing, she published her own novel, Poisoning the Nest. Today, she runs Black Cockie Press and The Wild Goose literary e-magazine.

A Beginner’s Guide to Formatting a Manuscript

If you want to submit a manuscript to an agent, but don't understand the basics of formatting on Word, this post is for you. To avoid the telltale signs of an amateur – tabs or spaces to indent paragraphs, or returns in place of page breaks – read on for a step by step guide.

The Perfect Time to Write

Have you ever wanted to write, but struggled to find the perfect time and place? Does the following sound familiar? I can't start work until I have the right __________ (fill in the blank: study space, computer, head space, time, other). Yes, it's hard to fit creativity into our busy schedules. Wouldn't it be wonderful … Continue reading The Perfect Time to Write

Kirsten Alexander, Novelist and Founder of Storymart

One of the joys of writing this blog is the opportunity to meet inspiring people who have fascinating real-life stories. Not only is Kirsten Alexander an accomplished novelist, but she is the instigator of Storymart, a unique short story subscription site which offers readers a source of great material and writers an paid opportunity to … Continue reading Kirsten Alexander, Novelist and Founder of Storymart

Kate Forster, Novelist and Founder of Ladybirds

This week, I had the pleasure of chatting with Kate Forster, best-selling novelist (women's fiction and young adult romance) and founder of The Ladybirds—Women Who Write Helping Other Women Who Write, a support network for female writers on Facebook, now over 1,500 members strong.  Kate charmed me with her honesty, grounded approach and a genuine … Continue reading Kate Forster, Novelist and Founder of Ladybirds

The Book Publishing Flowchart

This post is for my long-suffering non-writer friends who have endured my detailed explanations about the book publishing process. It is also for my writer friends who want to show their circle why they haven't published their book yet. In brief, the process is: write and edit the book find an agent the agent finds … Continue reading The Book Publishing Flowchart

A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Online Book Reviews

Over the past two weeks, I’ve discussed websites, blogs and social media for writers. To finish the puzzle, this time, my focus is on posting book reviews. With the boom of self-publishing, over one million new titles are released each year in the US alone. One way to make your book stand out is by … Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Online Book Reviews

A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media for Writers

Last week, I discussed websites and blogs for writers. This week, my focus is on social media. Beyond personal use, authors can use social media to promote their writing and to connect with the writing community. There are a myriad of different apps available, each with a slightly different focus, so where should you start? … Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media for Writers