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The May Magazine has the third part of Suzy Jenvey's The Essential Guide to Writing for Children, Starting to write and the final two articles in Joanne Phillips' Writerservices Guide to Self-publishing, on Marketing and Promotion Online and Offline.


Whats new: 21 July 2014 - What's new 21 July 2014
  • Freya North on writer's block, Nicola Solomon berates publishers, Joanne PhillipsUK-based freelance writer and ghostwriter. She has had articles published in national writing...

In an extraordinary change of approach, Nicola Solomon, the Secretary of the UK Society of Authors, has attacked publishers, saying that ‘Traditional publishing is 'no longer fair or sustainable'.

Kenya's Okwiri Oduor won the 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing, often described as Africa's leading literary award, for her short story "My Father's Head" from Feast, Famine and Potluck (Short Story Day Africa), South Africa, 2013).

In recent months, America's publishing giants have been up in arms about the predatory practices of Their outrage would be less hypocritical if they weren't guilty of conduct that's just as bad.

Novelist David Mitchell is to tell a 6,000-word story on Twitter, beginning today (14th July).

The author of novels including Cloud Atlas and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (both Sceptre), whose latest book The Bone Clocks is published (also by Sceptre) in September, will relate...

What does it mean to cry over a book? It's a question that has been in the foreground lately, thanks to "The Great Y.A. Debate of 2014"-the conversation, sparked by Ruth Graham last month in Slate, about the merits of John Green's "The Fault in Our Stars" and other young-adult fiction.

Crime fiction might be dominated by violence against women - but there's more to it than titillation

Chief executive of 9,000-member UK group argues that while 'authors' earnings are going down generally, those of publishers are increasing'

'Authors need fair remuneration if they are to keep writing' ... Society of Authors chief executive Nicola Solomon


Commentary: The dreaded writer’s block 18 July 2014

‘It was terrifying. I thought: "That's it, I only have 12 books in me." I was so sufficiently ill with it that I had to go to a doctor. For six months I couldn't write and I didn't tell anyone. It wasn't that I didn't know what to write, it was that I couldn't get the damn thing out. In the end...

Whats new: 14 July 2014 - What's new 14 July 2014
  • 'Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer, with art by Jeremy Zerfoss (and many others), is unlike any other writing instruction manual I have ever seen. Heavily illustrated with fantastical paintings and specially commissioned illustrations, it is, in VanderMeer's own words, ‘a kind of...
News Review: Writers struggle to make a living 14 July 2014

A new study just published by ALCS (the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society) has shown that the typical income of a UK writer is just £11,000 ($18,815) a year. The figures show a sharp decline in the number of full-time writers.

Crime novelist Val McDermid has said she would not be able to build a career as a writer today, because publishers would not support her after low-selling early books.

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