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April 2, 2020

We hope that you - and your loved ones - are continuing to stay safe and healthy. 

Earlier this week we were telling you about our friends at Kobo and their initiative for getting people reading during self-isolation. 

It's almost the weekend and we wanted to turn our attention to writing. In fact, in these times perhaps Lockdown Friday is the weekend! In the media, we have notice...

March 24, 2020

Over the coming days and weeks, we will be sharing writing and book marketing tips for our wider author community. 

We are living in unprecedented times. And the most important thing is that we all stay safe and healthy. 

We are also cooped up in our homes. And many people are battling the mundanity by either reading or writing or both. Last week, Stephen Fry told Sky News that he was fight...

Organising a launch event to celebrate your book’s publication can seem daunting. But it doesn’t have to be. Clink Street author Laura Gascoigne shares the secrets she used to make the launch party for her novel The Horse’s Arse a success.

After the painstaking process of readying a manuscript for publication, planning a book launch feels like a party. Anyone capable of organising a piss-up in...

April 7, 2017

Brighton Festival and Lulu.com are coming together to launch an exclusive short story writing competition based on the Brighton Festival 2017 theme of ‘Everyday Epic’.

Lulu and Brighton Festival are thrilled to be able to launch this competition with the prize offered for your story to be published into a short story anthology with four additional stories from members of the Storytelling Army...

April 4, 2017

Constructive feedback early in the writing process can often make all the difference in the quality of the final product, but that doesn’t make hearing it any easier. Author Joe Treasure describes his time in writing group and how he learned to take criticism. 

It isn’t easy to get the kind of supportive criticism that will help you improve as a writer, particularly if you’re unpublished. Peop...

March 15, 2017

Why do we write? You may think it’s a simple question, but that doesn’t mean there is a simple answer. Author and editor Peter Salmon dives into his reasoning and asks other writers to do the same. 

"Don’t be a writer; be writing.”

– William Faulkner

In the last issue, curmudgeon that I am, I railed against those who want to write books but who don’t want to read them. Apart from

being baffled th...

January 31, 2017

While it may not seem possible to encapsulate your book into just a few hundred words, it’s an essential part of promoting it, and getting readers interested. Hayley Radford explains why less is definitely more when it comes to the back cover blurb. 

Drafting a potent back cover text can be a real challenge for authors. Promoting a novel — or a play, a film,

a new TV show or even an art exhibit...

January 31, 2017

One of the things that baffles me more than anything in the world is people don’t read books, but want to write them. Actually, let me start again. One of the things that baffles me more than anything in the world is simply people who don’t read books. I mean, who are these people? I don’t like to use the words ‘idiots’ to describe people, but needs must. All I can do is tell it like it is.

Th...

August 26, 2016

Kate Appleton, Authoright’s Senior Publicist, shares her inside scoop on how book publicity works and why the unknown world of journalists and reviewers shouldn’t be scary at all when you have a professional on your side. 

A regular working day for a PR professional is pretty systematic and broken up into straightforward time segments (do not judge me; I am organised). During my commute to wor...

June 4, 2016

From little grammar mistakes to major plot holes, a good editor can be the savior of your book. Peter Salmon gives a look inside the mind of an editor and how the editing process can be the most important one your writing will go through.

On e of my favourite objects in the world is a facsimile edition of The Waste Land by T S Eliot. It is a reproduction of the original manuscript, showing Ezr...

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