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Can Writing Be a Sociable Activity?

Ben Adams | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ben Adams

Over the past few weeks, I have looked in to a whole variety of ways of keeping myself sane while I write. It's not as though I want to chat all day, but having the odd conversation with an adult every so often would be nice, even if I don't get to share their pizza.

Vision to Reality: Why I Published 'My Relationship With Food'

Lisa Roukin | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Roukin

If you give your ideas the energy, focus and belief that they require, you will bring them to life. All of us have ideas, some however are never birthed and left remaining in our minds, but others inject life into those thoughts and the process of creation truly begins.

Author Alex Wheatle's New Novel Can Inspire Young Black Males Away from Gang Violence

Claudia Tomlinson | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Politics
Claudia Tomlinson

In this general election year, politicians are in listening mode, so what message would Wheatle wish to transmit to them? Inequalities and confused messages about literacy would be at the top of the list.

My Experience of Chicken Pox to Author

Lisa Roukin | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Roukin

There are some experiences in life that spur a person to make positive changes. One such experience for me came in the form of Chicken Pox. At the ripe age of 36, I was struck down with a severe case which had me holed up at home for a month and feeling truly miserable.

Some Advice for Young Writers and Authors

Emma Leverton | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Emma Leverton

Although I am still a (very) young author and my first book has only been out for a couple of months, I think that I have acquired along my short journey some insights into the loosely termed 'writing industry'.

Questions Questions Questions

Tony Schumacher | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Comedy
Tony Schumacher

What are you still doing here? You're like a stray following me home; shoo... go away... start writing! Alright, we both know I don't really want you to go away, otherwise I would have just stopped writing and gone and made another coffee.

'Losing It' by Helen Lederer - An Interview and Book Review

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruth Jacobs

Packed with hilarious scenes that had me laughing out loud, Losing It is an easy to read book that is hard to put down. Wrapped in this brilliant comedy is the more serious change made by the protagonist, Millie, who loses some of her criticalness of others and herself, which perhaps is an important element of Helen Lederer's new 'Mid-Lit' genre as it is in mid-life.

Bad Girl Tarot - Intuition V Ego - Lesson Three

Alice Grist | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

The beauty of tarot is that it provides a tool that distracts you sufficiently to remove your mind from the whirling howls of ego, and leads you towards a quieter, wiser, softer voice; that of your intuition.

What's Your Definition of Success?

Jenny Garrett | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Garrett

I recently delivered a talk on the rise of female entrepreneurship. How women were supporting women to achieve, even though it may difficult to gain funding and they may be juggling caring responsibilities alongside their work.

i-Stress - How Technology Can Reduce/ Increase Stress Levels

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

When you think about communication, we think about how quickly and able we are to communicate with people no matter the time of day or where we are geographically, although it has benefits at times it can cause the attitude of being reachable even when off-the-clock.

Bestselling Author Kate Mosse On How She Became A Writer

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Some people might say that Kate Mosse lived a full working life before she even became a bestselling (not to mention, world famous) female author. ...

Perfect Clarity, for Bigger and Better Results

Colin Hunter | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK
Colin Hunter

The latest interview in our series is with Jamie Smart, author of the business best seller, Clarity: Clear Mind, Better Performance, Bigger Results. The book has been heralded as profound, not only by the business community at large, but by the individuals who embrace its philosophy.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Millionaire Author?

Stephanie J Hale | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stephanie J Hale

Many people think it's down to chance which books sell millions and which don't. Experience tells me otherwise. Too many authors dash off books, plonk them on Amazon, then wonder when they don't sell. Or they get a handful of rejections from publishers and moan about how 'difficult' it is to sell books these days.

Why Love Letters Belong on Paper

Sue Moorcroft | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Moorcroft

In the aftermath of the Second World War Tom had to return to his family after spending the duration in Polly's tiny rural village. Circumstances and parents didn't allow the young couple to meet for a year. It was their daily love letters on cheap lined paper torn from exercise books that kept their love alive.

Is Your Problem Actually a Solution?

Alice Grist | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

The cold weather that meant you had to change into a warmer coat, which then made you late. And who knows what this little delay in your schedule caused you to miss, maybe a bad bout of traffic, maybe an accident? Perhaps as the result of this you met a lady at the bus stop who you wouldn't usually see. Maybe she inspired you?

Creating Space to Be Inspired

Alice Grist | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

Inspiration is a mythical beast isn't it! We can search for decades to find it, trolling our inner depths and taking on massive outward adventure. It can be as elusive as a once trodden upon grass snake. Then it hits. Right when you aren't looking for it.

Sex 'n' Drugs 'n' Pokémon: A Parental Tale of Teenagers

Amanda Prowse | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Prowse

My boys are sixteen, but I still think they are four. Last Friday morning, they were discussing cricket scores and 'A' level options and I kid you not, by 2AM the following morning, they had discovered sex and booze and rock 'n' roll, or whatever the equivalent of rock 'n' roll is nowadays.

Nigella, You Are Not Alone ...

Amanda Prowse | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Prowse

The government change in the definition of domestic violence, highlights the fact that abuse does not have to mean a punch or a kick, it can be a word or a measure of control - just as any victim will tell you, fear comes in all shapes and sizes.

Can You SEO Your Way to the Bestseller List?

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Tech
Laxmi Hariharan

Chris McVeigh-- he runs FourFiftyOne a digital publishing consultancy as well as seoforbooks--said, "SEO is a huge opportunity for Indie authors to become discoverable" adding "it is not a discoverability but a visibility problem for many authors."

Matthew Tucker

Dan Brown: The Marmite Man Of Modern Literature

HuffingtonPost.com | Matthew Tucker | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Entertainment

Dan Brown has sold 200 million books in 52 languages, penned the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code and was named one of the 100 Most Influential Peo...

Direct Publishing - A Real Game Changer

TJ Cooke | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
TJ Cooke

As Winston Churchill famously said, 'Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end, but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.' We may well be 'at the end of the beginning' of of a period of change in publishing trends. Amazon et al have now made their mark in the direct publishing world, and if they haven't yet caused the industry to sit up and take note, they surely soon will.

Author Profile: Coralie Colmez

Abigail Tarttelin | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Abigail Tarttelin

Coralie Colmez's idiosyncratic combination of Gallic good looks, quiet intellect, a warm, unassuming personality, and an ultra cool dress sense that veers between hipster and high fashion is magnetic.

No ORDINARY GRACE: The Stunning New Novel From NYT Bestseller William Kent Krueger

Abigail Tarttelin | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Abigail Tarttelin

A really great book with a wonderful, pitch perfect voice. I very much recommend it.

Getting in the Flow for 2013

Louise Presley-Turner | Posted 10.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Presley-Turner

We tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves at this time of year. We think we'll be happy when we've sorted everything out - the new job, the DIY, paperwork, the new kitchen and so on.

Publishing: A Changing Industry

Samantha Shannon | Posted 17.12.2012 | Home
Samantha Shannon

One thing I've learned is that publishing is all about teamwork. It's not left up to the editors to make your book good: it's up to you. They're there to help you bring out the best in your writing, not force you into changing it.