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Northerners! Know Your Place

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.

The First 50 Reviews

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.

Wisconsin, Winter and Writing What You Know

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.

Tower Blocks, Tenements and ‘Taps Aff’

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.

Author Marketing and the Independent Publisher: An Interview with Karen Sullivan

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.