2019 World Book Night titles revealed

The titles that will feature in the 2019 World Book Night have been revealed by The Reading Agency. World Book Night is celebrated on 23 April and brings peo...
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Men give up on books sooner than women

Women are more likely to stick with a book they don't like. Men give up on it sooner. That's the finding from a study carried out by UK book discovery website J...

Being your own editor – a revision checklist for writers

After I finish a draft I let the manuscript sit for at least a couple of weeks and then go back and read it over. When I've made all the changes I want to make and have all of the big pieces in place I go down my revision checklist and make sure I haven't missed anything.

What I Know About Dialogue

‘… and what is the use of a book,' thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversations?'

The alert reader will recall this line from the opening paragraph of Alice in Wonderland, and will further recall that it is the lack of dialogue in her sister's book which causes Alice to wander away and fall down a rabbit hole. Lucky for us, but consider the author of the sister's book. Presumably Alice's sister continues her reading, and so he has not lost his entire audience, but to Alice, and to the rest of us, he will forever remain anonymous and unread.

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Writing a Synopsis

Writing a synopsis is often seen by authors as being the hardest part of putting together a package and submitting your work to agents and publishers. It doesn't have to be dull, if you take some time to plan your approach and edit/rewrite it with the same passion you apply to the novel itself.

Writers will spend years writing, lovingly polishing and then marketing a novel, and yet they shrug off the synopsis with a comment like "I hate writing synopses."