In this guest post, Jacqueline Saville describes how her native West Yorkshire and other areas of Northern England have influenced her writing. She muses on the use of accents, the trope of the angry working man as well as ways of evoking northern-ness in characters without designating their setting.
In this guest post, Alison Morton takes us through a detailed strategy for authors who want to acquire their first 50 reviews. Alison is the author of five historical thrillers, which have been widely reviewed. Her novel SUCCESSIO was an editor’s pick in The Bookseller in 2014.
On my recent trip to Bhutan, Linda Leaming’s book Married to Bhutan helped me recognise and appreciate some of the fascinating quirks of Bhutanese culture, which otherwise might have passed me by. Linda is a freelance writer, the author of two books about Bhutan and she runs tours of Bhutan.
In this guest post, Judy Upton offers her ten best bits of advice for those looking to break into the industry. Judy is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who has had plays produced by the Royal Court, National Theatre and BBC Radio.
In this guest post, Tam May explores the influence of San Francisco in her life and her writing. She is the author of the recently published collection Gnarled Bones and Other Short Stories. Each story in the collection is set in San Francisco.
In this guest post, Claire Patel-Campbell describes how she drew on childhood memories of Wisconsin to create a setting for her novel that explores the dark underside of the supposedly most innocent of places: small town Wisconsin. Claire’s novel Abernathy is crowdfunding at Unbound, where you can make a pledge to see it published.
Take a look at guest host Lesley McDowell’s most popular tweets as well as the highlights from the chat. Our Writing About Women Writers chat was full of inspiring feminist book chat as well as a long list of recommendations.
In this guest post, Helen Taylor muses on the gritty details of representing Glaswegian dialect in her novel about Caravaggio’s mysterious re-appearance in this most unlikely of places. The Backstreets of Purgatory is currently crowdfunding at Unbound, where you can make a pledge to help her publish it.
Karen Sullivan, founder of the independent press Orenda Books, shares her thoughts in an interview with me about what role authors can play in marketing books. Orenda’s list includes four titles longlisted for the Not the Booker Prize this year alone. Given that the Not the Booker Prize list is generated by reader choice, Karen must really know her marketing.
Here’s a round up of highlights from our chat on DIY Online Marketing. Have a read and pick up some new tips.