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Getting Published

Nearly every writer ultimately wants to get their work published – read these blogs for tips and tricks on how to make it happen, from the authors who've already done it and the experts in the industry.

Writers and the Dreaded R-Word

Farheen Khan

No one likes rejection.

I’m not sure about you, but rejection leads me straight to the cookie tin. I’m not ashamed to admit I stay in there for a good twenty minutes, devouring as much sugar as humanly possible. In those moments, I am a savage and manage to recollect every rejection I’ve ever had (every short story submitted, agent rejection, all the jobs I’ve ever applied to, even the singing role I never landed in the school play). My mind, which can never remember anything useful when required, is suddenly able to recall lines of rejection letters (with vivid detail) received from universities ten years earlier. So, if I wasn’t already feeling like an insecure-useless-worthless-waste-of-space-failure-with-no-prospects, my mind has conjured up enough images to ensure that label remains.

As a writer of a novel being reviewed by publishers, it is near-impossible not to take rejections personally. When publishers say ‘we don’t sign many psychological thrillers’ my …

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The Right Ways To Monetise Your Content

Being a self-published or indie author is akin to running a small business; the problem is that some do not truly appreciate this fact. It’s easy to get embroiled in the creative process and then once this is finished to consider it ‘job done’. But this is only the start. And, as we will focus on in this two part blog, an often misunderstood but vital component within this small business to help maximise revenue streams and reach a wider audience is rights and licensing.

The reality is that monetising works can be difficult. Immediate obstacles appear to be marketing, PR and distribution - with all too many ignoring rights and licensing. And I don’t say this lightly. Our team have had all too many conversations with authors who:

  • a) Have no idea what rights and licensing actually means
  • b) Don’t know what rights they actually hold
  • c) Don’t realise how valuable they are
  • d) Fail to protect them, never mind monetise them

Not that it’s necessarily their fault. Historically, the …

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Be part of the story: how crowdfunding is revolutionising writing


There is no denying the impact the internet has had on our professional and private lives; entire industries have been forced to rethink the way in which they do business, and publishing is no exception. Back in the day, writing used to be a solitary exercise. Writers would retreat to a cabin in the woods somewhere, taking only their typewriter with them, and stay there until the job was done and their book was complete.

Not so today. With the advent of the internet and the proliferation of social media, you are never alone. This makes for a whole new creative process, but also a new way in which writers can fund their writing and make a living from their talent.

How publishing lost its way

The internet offered aspiring writers the opportunity to surpass the gatekeepers – to make their content available online to an audience of millions – but many of the important traditional processes were forgotten along the way. Processes such as editing, proofreading and cover design.

Here at

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Why now is a good time to be an author!

Alison Baverstock

It’s true. I think right now is a good time to be an author. Amid all the discussions about whether reading, let alone bookshops and publishers, will survive, it seems to me that there are so many opportunities – many completely new – through which ideas and content can be shared.

But with the enhanced ability to share comes responsibility – both to yourself and your readers. Writers need to be increasingly aware of the need to share their content at the right time – and that usually means not before it is ready. Sharing too soon, or with the wrong audience, can result in negative feedback that not only damages the writing self, but also the writing reputation – reducing the chance the someone who has been disappointed by your work will risk giving their time again.

Also part of the territory is a new need for proactivity on the part of the writer; an ability to take advantage of routes to market that reach readers who appreciate your kind of work, whether it’s through …

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Calling All Short Story Writers!


We hear from Catherine Horlick, the editor of a new and exciting platform designed to showcase the work of new and established short story writers.

Launching in April 2015, will sell short stories of all genres at 50p per click, or an annual subscription of £20. 50% of the proceeds will go to the contributing authors.  The rest will be spent on maintaining and marketing the site. pennyshorts is dedicated to the neglected short story; the twist in the tale, the transformational moment, the glimpse into a different psyche.  All contributions are welcome, from published and unpublished authors, but only the very best stories will make it onto the site, and all stories will be professionally edited and proofread.  

pennyshorts has been created to be a natural home for the short story and to give readers the opportunity to access new voices in fiction.  There is a lot of free content on the internet, but no quality screening, and much of it is …

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