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  • 'For a long time, probably since 1988 when The Silence of the Lambs was published, the crime market was dominated by books about serial killers. I like a good serial-killer thriller, but, probably happily, I do not have one in me. Then Gone Girl changed the game. Psychological suspense is what I had studied and what I thought I would be able to write...' Daniel Mallory, who, under the pseudonym A J Finn, published his much-heralded debut crime novel The Woman in the Window after a career in crime publishing. Our Comment was in the Observer Magazine.
  • An Editor's Advice is a series of seven articles by one of our editors on really useful subjects for writers such as Dialogue, Manuscript presentation and Doing further drafts and Planning: 'The idea of planning doesn't fit well with the idea of the writer as inspired genius, frantically scribbling away. However, I am willing to bet that, no matter what they would have you think, most successful writers plan as much as they write. They just don't tell you about it. The biggest objection that most inexperienced writers raise when someone broaches the delicate matter of planning is that it will get in the way of their inventive powers. A plan will be like a straitjacket. They'll be stuck with this plan and if they come up with a good idea along the way, they will not be able to use it. They are genuinely horrified at the thought...'
  • The Bridport Prize 2018 is open to writers of any nationality writing in English, 16 years old and over. You can submit unpublished Poetry and Short Stories with a First Prize of £5,000, and Flash Fiction and First Novel with a First Prize £1,000. There are various fees. Closing 31 May.
  • Are you struggling to get someone to look at your poetry? Our Poetry Critique service for 150 lines of poetry can help. Our Poetry Collection Editing, unique to WritersServices, edits your collection to prepare it for submission or self-publishing. Both can provide the professional editorial input you need.
  • Our links: I love publishing because it doesn't play to formulae, and something always happens that no-one could predict, Opinion - Publishing Monday, 23 April 2018; the number one question we were asked by investors was: How are you going to create great stories? Publishing startups have the tech - what they need is the stories | The Bookseller; five years ago, I decided that it was time to write my first book, What You Need to Know to Create a Best-selling Book; and What makes a writer? How do you become one? Let's silence the creative writing course snobs | Books | The Guardian.
  • Which service should I choose to help me get my work into good shape for submission or self-publishing? This is the question our page Which service? answers and it then goes on to give a quick rundown on our 20 editorial services for writers, the biggest you can find on the internet.
  • More links: it often surprises people that after her success, she couldn't put her feet up and retire, Hanya Yanagihara: influential magazine editor by day, best-selling author by night | Books | The Guardian; in a groundbreaking study of more than two million books published in North America between 2002 and 2012, scholars found that books by women authors are priced 45% less than those of their male counterparts, Want to earn more as a book author? A male name will help; Amazon is huge - worth $740bn (£530bn) at Monday night's share price - but it moves fast and is a lethal predator, The age of Amazon: a closeup examination of Bezos's behemoth | Technology | The Guardian.
  • It's a common enough fantasy for writers: maybe now I can leave that dreary job and devote myself whole-heartedly to writing. But how practical is it? Is it something you can realistically aspire to, or just a distant fantasy? What are your chances of making your dream come true? Don't give up the day job.
  • 'Always stop while you are going good and don't worry about it until you start to write the next day. That way your subconscious will work on it all the time. But if you think about it consciously or worry about it you will kill it and your brain will be tired before you start.' Ernest Hemingway in our Writers' Quotes.

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  • ‘I was given the audio versions of some Harry Potters, read by Stephen Fry, and realised I could match the sound of the words to their shape on the page... Once I heard those Harry Potter books, I could then memorise them. To this day, I know the first three pretty well perfectly...' Leo Carew, whose much-heralded fantasy first novel The Wolf has just been published by Headline and whose website features wild places he's visited, with fabulous photos. Our Comment, From dyspraxia to publication.
  • Have you managed to find a publisher for your work and are now enjoying the thrill of knowing that your book will soon be published? Or are you planning to publish your own book? If you're wondering what happens next, here is an outline of the processes involved. Preparing for publication.
  • Submissions are now open for this year's Polari First Book Prize, which celebrates the very best debut books that explore the LGBT experience, whether through poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction. Deadline for submissions is 1 May. Books must have been published in English by a writer born or resident in the UK.
  • Are you looking for an assessment of your book? Which Report? helps you work out which of our three reports might be the right one for you. Or do contact us, we'd be glad to advise.
  • Our links: working as a literary agent means being privy to a full canon's worth of submitted novels that the world will never see, The Year in Trump Novel Pitches: An Agent's Lament | Literary Hub; Amazon also has a Donald Trump problem, No Sympathy for Amazon | The New Republic; and 'I spent much of this winter living on an abandoned island in the Hebrides, writing my second book', Going off Grid.
  • 'You are a first-time author without an agent and you receive a contract to publish your book - just how do you evaluate it? Is it fair or biased against the author by prevailing industry standards? Is your publisher looking out for your interests as well as his own - or wording the clauses in a way only advantageous to the company?' Why your book contract needs vetting.
  • More links: reading is crucial, as are new digital storytelling tools, European Children's Bookstore Conference: Internet-Generation Readers; a multimedia sequence which explores the 1981 New Cross fire coming from the poet 'who has made the most exciting contribution to poetry', Jay Bernard's ‘personal and brave' poetry wins Ted Hughes award | Books | The Guardian; and for a few years now, I've been intrigued by the writers who manage to produce both fiction and nonfiction work, The Writers' Roundtable: Fiction vs. Nonfiction.
  • 'I always write in the morning. I was pleased to hear lately that Rousseau, too, after he got up in the morning, went for a short walk and sat down to work. In the morning one's head is particularly fresh. The best thoughts most often come in the morning after waking while still in bed or during the walk.' Leo Tolstoy in our Writers' Quotes.