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This week's success story is the talented Evie Wyld, who has just won the prestigious John Llewelyn Rhys Prize with her novel After the Fire, A Still Small Voice.
New Categories series
So you want to write historical fiction?
Well, your timing is good, because historical fiction is fashionable again after many years in the doldrums. In fact itís so popular that it has virtually reinvented itself as a category.
Our latest article in this series explores the market and approaches to writing historical fiction.
This year's competition has come up with some entertaining shortlised titles, including this excerpt from Philip Roth.
Booker winner Mantel deserves the accolades
John dismisses the Booker judges but applauds their choice: 'Many good Ė and many great Ė writers go through life without ever getting close to the Booker award. Itís nice to see one winning who thoroughly deserves it.'
We feel very honoured that the British Library has asked to archive www.writersservices.com in its web archive.
The UK Web Archive is a corpus of websites selected by leading UK institutions for their historical, social and cultural significance in the UK. Also listed in this article on their archive are other international web archives.
Are you having difficulty deciding which service might be right for you? This useful new article by Chris Holifield offers advice on what to go for, depending on what stage you are at with your writing.
Tips for Writers Our new series for writers:
Improving your writing, Learning on the job, New technology and the Internet, Self-publishing - is it for you?, Promoting your writing (and yourself), Other kinds of writing, Keep up to date and Submission to publishers and agents
If you're thinking about self-publishing, this is the place to find out what's involved. If you're ready to go ahead, our high quality service is second to none and there's an economy version for those who want to tackle some of the work themselves. You can estimate the cost for yourself.
Check out the 17 different editorial services we offer, from Reports to Copy editing, Typing to Rewriting.
In the fifth part of this series, Chris Holifield gives an update on writers' routes to their audiences:
It is a supreme irony that at time when creative writing courses are turning out large numbers of keen writers and almost everyone seems to think they have a book in them, it has never been so hard to find a publisher.
First article: Bookselling
Second article: Publishing
Third article: Print on Demand and the Long Tail
Fourth article: Self-publishing - career suicide or 'really great'
Read the two winning poems from the gifted young 7-8 and 9-11 year-old poets who have won first prizes in this international competition.
John is on feisty form this month as he attacks the 'log-rolling' of reviews and the silly results from best books of the year round-ups - for which he gives his own suggested list.
Zoe Jenny, who was born in Switzerland but is shortly publishing her first book written in English:
'Now that I am writing in English I have to start all over again, earning my credentials in a new market. I am essentially back to square one. But maybe that is the most exciting place to be.'
My Say 7: Timothy Hallinan on the Writing Session.
My Say 8: Jae Watson on the magic formula which enables writers to 'cross that fine, elusive line dividing unpublished and published writers'.
Fauzia Burke is founder of a an Internet marketing firm specializing in creating online awareness for books and authors. Her article shows how successful niche publishers are reaching communities of readers on the web.
Maureen Kincaid Speller reviews this useful new book and concludes that: 'It is true the handbook asks for a lot from the reader in terms of participation and active thought, but for those writers who are extremely serious about improving their work, it provides a valuable course in how to think about the art and craft of writing.'
'Very few works of non-fiction can do without an index of some description... If the reader is lucky, the index will allow them to find the term they seek and take them immediately to a relevant and useful mention of that term or concept... So why canít a computer programme achieve this?
Joanne Phillips' article on Indexing looks at why non-fiction books need them, why it's a specialist job and why computers can't achieve the same result as a skilled indexer.
A professional index is essential for any work of non-fiction. Readers expect to find a useful, well-presented index at the back of a book, and can get very frustrated if the index doesnít quickly lead them to the information they seek.
A professional index will set your work apart from other self-published books. Indexing need not be expensive Ė and an effective index is the key to a good non-fiction book.
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