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Authors, achieve more in 2017

Last year, the team at I_AM Self-Publishing created our first ever author goals worksheet, which we shared right here on www.writersandartists.co.uk, and it was the most popular piece of content we have ever created. This year, we have gone back to the drawing board, read up on the advice from top goal achievers and successful entrepreneurs, and put together a new 30-page guide and workbook – Author Goals: Your guide to achieving more  which you can download here.


Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” - Tony Robbins, bestselling author & entrepreneur


Why bestselling authors set goals

Writing, publishing and marketing a book well takes time and effort. The authors I know are busy people who often juggle this with their other work, as well as family and general life commitments. Also, as creatives, authors can sometimes have lots of ideas that pull them in lots of different directions, but struggle to …

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Firewords Competition: And The Winner Is...


We're delighted to reveal the team over at Firewords Quarterly have chosen their winners for our recent short story competition. Over 550 entries directly inspired by Maggie Chiang's wonderful illustration came in, each story providing its own unique take and prompting plenty of debate amongst the editorial team over at Firewords HQ.

It was such a tough job to choose a winner, in fact, that the work of two writers couldn't be separated... meaning two stories will be published in an upcoming edition of Firewords Quarterly!

The first runner up, who will receive back-list copies of Firewords Quarterly Magazine is...


Jeanne Panfely with 'A Mother Whale Lifts Her Head.'

Feedback from Firewords Quarterly: 

Jeanne pulled off something really challenging in this story: she took the reader by the hand and let them experience a child’s imagination without patronising them. Writing from the perspective of a young protagonist and making it feel authentic but also engaging to a reader of any age …

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Firewords Competition: Shortlist Announced!











After weeks of deliberation, we can reveal the shortlist for our Firewords Writing Competition. A massive congratulations to our top ten!

The Visit by Toni Allen

Last Man Standing by Jen Falkner

After The Dark by James Hatton

Stars by Liam Hogan

Homeland by Katherine Mezzacappa

A Mother Whale Lifts Her Head by Jeanne Panfley

A Good Thing by Megan Parker

Mountain Ash by Nicole Pearson

The Man With No Shadow by Stephanie Percival

The Seventh Sense by Dee Takemoto

The winner and two runner-ups will be announced at the end of the month, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Publishing on my 50th Birthday

Justine Robinson

Ever since my early teens I have loved to write – journals, poetry, short stories. I’ve always been part of a book club or a creative writing group. In my early twenties, a magazine even published one of my first articles and I remember being paid £75 – quite a lot of money back then! In that moment of triumph, I recall giving thought to becoming a ‘proper’ writer.

‘Wouldn’t that be good?’

But it was an idea immediately followed by more realistic thoughts.

‘I already have a job as a PA. I can’t give that up. How would I pay the bills, keep my flat?’

So that was that. The writing was no more than a hobby.  Until my mid-forties, that is, when I felt the need to write about my father’s death. It was a time in which things just seemed to happen, a period of my life that felt almost fictional. The seed of a novel began to take hold and I didn't fight it. Quite the opposite, in fact.

I realised life’s just too-damn-short.

So I …

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Merry Christmas from Writers and Artists!


It's our favourite time of year at Writers & Artists, (let the Christmas book shopping commence!) and what better way to bring in the festive spirit than to run a book giveaway!

From Friday 9th to Tuesday 20th December, we're giving away one of our favourite books from 2016 every single day.

To enter, it's simple: watch out for our Christmas #giveaway tweet every morning and just RT and follow to be in with a chance of winning.

Here's the line-up of books featured:


9th December: The Wicked Boy, by Kate Summerscale

10th December: Jonathan Unleashed, by Meg Rosoff

11th December: A Guinea Pig Oliver Twist

12th December: Sweet Caress, by William Boyd

13th December: The Silk Roads, by Peter Frankopan

14th December: The Camper Van Bible, by Martin Dorey

15th December: Golden Kicks, by Jason Coles

16th December: Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett

17th December: We Chose To Speak Of War & Strife, by John Simpson

18th December: The Saffron Tales, by Yasmin Khan

19th December: Out On The Land, by Ray …

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