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Set Your 2016 Author Goals

Goal setting can seem like an extra and optional job when you're busy overcoming the back-to-work blues, but it is an important exercise if you want to get the most out of 2016. The fact is that most people talk themselves out of goal setting. Either they are afraid of writing something down and then failing to achieve it or they don't know how to set proper goals in the first place. But those who do set goals are more successful. So whatever stage of the writing/publication process you are at - whether you want to finish your first draft this year, whether you want to get published this year or perhaps you are already published but want to grow your online presence - having a clear, structured goal will help you succeed in 2016.

Goal Setting Will Make You Achieve More

There is a famous study in What They Don't Teach You at Harvard Business School in which graduates were surveyed upon graduation and ten years afterwards; the few graduates who had set clear written goals …

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Take The Leap

Writing a set of goals and new year’s resolutions on the first page of a brand new notebook is as much of an end-of-year tradition for me as eating cold turkey sandwiches and pickled onions from the jar in my pyjamas, and eating mince pies because ‘we’ve got to get rid of them. While it isn’t unheard of for me break in the first two or three pages of my notebook with reams of resolutions, this year has been different. I haven’t bothered making a list at all. Instead, I plan on doing my very best to do just one thing this year: take the leap. 

In September of last year, I won a writing competition. My first writing competition, and if I’m being honest, my dream writing competition. I won the 2015 ELLE Magazine Talent Contest. A competition I never, ever expected to win. A competition I almost didn’t enter at all. 

I can’t tell you the amount of writing competitions I have planned to enter, and the amount of entries I have begun to write, and sometimes …

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Merry Christmas from Writers & Artists

Christmas giveaway


It’s our favourite time of year at Writers & Artists, and we think it’s about time we started celebrating! With less than a month to go until the big day, we wanted to do something to say thank you for all your support over the past year.

We’ve been steadily building up our writing community, both on www.writersandartists.co.uk (not to mention on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest), and we’ve loved hearing about your writing projects and helping you with any questions you might have had.

So, by way of encouraging you to keep sharing your writing, we're delighted to offer a 10% discount on all editorial services booked during the month of December and January, using discount code 'EDITORIAL10'. Whether you have a completed first draft you would like an experienced editor to take a look at, or you have the beginnings of an idea you would like to chat to an agent about, we can help.

And, as it's Christmas, we're also going to help you out with your Christmas present …

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How I Met Matador Books

Tracy Rawles

In 2012 I emigrated to Provence, France. With the realisation that my long-term writing plans could now be developed I welcomed the abundance of wildlife, pine forests and vineyards on my doorstep. I focused my writing ideas around the flora and fauna before me. However, there appeared to be something missing... With a life-long adoration for Cornwall I instinctively knew that Provence and Cornwall together would form the perfect backdrop for my adventure-filled, mystical children’s book, Charlie’s World of Glittering Powers.

And so, Charlie was born from the force of the Mistral wind, the clicking and buzzing of the cigales, the scent of pine in the forests and the vibrant colours as the sun sets over the mountains.

My human protagonist, Sevi has a carefree and tomboyish character derived from her Cornish homeland of weathered moorland, rock pools hidden amongst sandy coves, rugged shorelines and bustling fishing harbours.

Attendance at the …

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Writing Tips from Sarah Waters

Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award

With the results of the Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award due to be announced in December, we're sharing three of bestselling author and past winner Sarah Waters' top writing tips for authors looking to get their work published. 

As a previous recipient of the prize and the writer of Tipping the Velvet and The Paying Guests, amongst others, she explains below what winning the prize did for her.

'When I received the award, in 2000, I had published two novels and was beginning to think about my third. My sales were very modest, my income was uncertain; the first, intense thrill of publication had faded slightly, and I was discovering what a lonely business writing can be. To be named the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year – to know that the judges had read and liked my work, and wanted to reward me for it and encourage me to write more - was a terrific honour, and a huge boost. And the money had a real, significant impact on my writing life. …

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