UK Authors

Forget Spelling, Learn Selling if You Want to Write

Tony Schumacher | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tony Schumacher

One of the few things I have done right (eventually) was managing to get a deal with Harper Collins and having my debut novel "The Darkest Hour" published in the USA and UK. Finally, I did something right. Except I didn't. I made a ton of mistakes as a debut author... so I thought I would list them here...

Every Library That Closes...

J.N. Paquet | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
J.N. Paquet

Nowadays, libraries are unfortunately losing their appeal to the new generations. How can a visit to the library compete with playing Minecraft on an iPad?

The Heroines Journey

Becky Walsh | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Walsh

When I think of masculinity and a form of energy, I feel it to be out going 'doing, fixing, sorting and achieving'. The feminine energy brings a softer presence 'passive, stillness, reserving and being'. The male is always the guest and the female always the host.

No, Peppa Pig Is Not to Blame for Your Children's Behaviour.

J.N. Paquet | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
J.N. Paquet

A week ago, a columnist of the Daily Mail was telling her readers why she had suddenly decided to ban the four-time Bafta-winning cartoon Peppa Pig from her home. Is Britain's top-selling pre-school character as dangerous and evil as the journalist claims it is?

Questions Questions Questions

Tony Schumacher | Posted 13.02.2015 | 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 12.02.2015 | 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.

Could Your Story Change Someone's Life?

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

When we feel passionate about our subject and have something important to share, we want the whole world to know about it. I can't tell you how many times aspiring authors have said to me that the most important thing for them is to get their book into as many hands as possible.

Write Harder, Better, Faster, (Not) Longer - with Uri Bram

Mark Brewer | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Mark Brewer

So, please, indulge me as I hitherto invent a new genre of literary criticism and thrust it upon your unwitting and uninterested eyes. I call it a "pre-review review". I hear your teeth grind as you call me a "wally" and slap the back of your own neck in the hope you'll hit that "off-button" sweet-spot. Why not simply call it a "preview", like a sensible person?

Are all books created equal?

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Tech
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

I'm sure many of you have enjoyed reading a good motivational book or ebook at some point in recent months. I've had quite a few to choose from and this got me thinking, are all books really created equal? If you had to choose, would it be an ebook or a printed one?

Man Creates Adventure Story On Twitter

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Tech

Remember those old multiple choice adventure books you could get? They'd usually start in a dungeon, or a castle and from there you'd go on your own u...

Interview with Bestselling Children's Author Jacqueline Harvey

Alix Long | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alix Long

There is nothing more special than children's literature. Even now, I remember almost by heart the books my parents used to read to me as a young child, and the books I first started reading by myself.

The Ones To Watch: Best Debut Fiction Coming In 2015

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Beckerman

But what is it that makes debut fiction so irresistible? For some it's the excitement of discovering new voices. For others it's the possibility of following a writer though a long career from the very beginning.

Nine Whimsical Winter Destinations in Europe for Writing Inspiration

Lizzie Davey | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Lizzie Davey

In winter, these senses are on overdrive thanks to the white blankets of snow and enchanting lights, the smells of cinnamon and tangerines, and the sounds of bells, carols, and laughter. So what better time is there than winter to gorge on writing inspiration?

Authors Pick The Best Books of 2014

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Beckerman

I asked 20 bestselling authors to recommend the best books they read in 2014. Here are their favourite reads of the year.

Interview With Half Bad Trilogy Author Sally Green

Alix Long | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Alix Long

I caught up with Sally Green to find out why she decided to write about something barely written about before, why she finds writing for YA a unique experience, and why she thinks that YA books never need a message.

The Key Challenge of Self Publishing: How One Author Learnt That 'She Who Plays With a Cat Must Bear Its Scratches'

Jacky Donovan | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jacky Donovan

Once upon a time there was a cat called Simon, who won numerous awards for bravery thanks to the part he played on board HMS Amethyst during its epic escape from the Chinese Communists many years ago. He became the world's first celebrity cat.

PUBLISH! Yes, You Can

Liz Fraser | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Liz Fraser

But crowdfunding is fairly standard now, and people are getting the hang of it. Many books, films, music albums and so on have been very successfully made this way. It's a long road, but it's A ROAD, and I am on it, and moving forwards.

How to Launch 'The Great Novel'... Or Not?

Richard Masefield | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Masefield

So here I am, no longer in the world of generous advances. My book will have to work quite hard to earn its keep. But at least it's out there. Amazon is criticised for undermining bookshops. But if more novels see the light of day and more readers get to read them, that surely has to be a good thing, doesn't it?

Interview with NY Times Bestselling Author: Leigh Bardugo

Alix Long | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alix Long

The Grisha Trilogy, consisting of three books Shadow&Bone, Siege&Storm and Ruin&Rising has also left a strong impression upon me, as an aspiring author, and made me eager to find out more about Leigh, and why she decided to write the trilogy in the first place.

Publishing in the Future or the Rise of Independent Authors

Christian Damke | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Christian Damke

Publishing of tomorrow will be different due to the rise of independent authors, who write and publish their books in more formats, for more audiences and through more channels than ever before.

Would You Let TV Cameras Into Your Home?

Stephanie J Hale | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stephanie J Hale

As a book publicist and marketing strategist, working with authors on press campaigns and book launches, this whole experience raised a lot of interesting questions for me. How much publicity is 'good' publicity? What is 'bad' publicity? Is there too high a price for marketing a book?

The Emerging Cult of Celebrity Authors Moving in on the Industry

Alix Long | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alix Long

Recently, there has been an explosion of A-List celebrities and YouTube megastars gaining their own book deals, with the likes of publishing giants such as Penguin. From teen idols Kendall and Kylie Jenner to online sensation Zoe Sugg, announcements seem to be springing up from everywhere about a new piece of fiction, written by your favourite pop star.

Ever Had a Bad Day?

Matt Clifton | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Clifton

Ever felt like you have had a bad day? I am sure you have had more than one, maybe you had a head-ache or perhaps a sickness bug? Well imagine if throughout your day/week or however long you had it, you were constantly told "just to get better or get over it" ...

Authors United Have Picked the Wrong Fight

Endeavour Press | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Endeavour Press

I have read a few articles and spoken to a couple of people in the book trade over the past week in relation to the ongoing dispute between Hachette (and Authors United) and Amazon. Most people who you will speak to, particularly inside the industry, will be squarely behind the authors.

The Guardian's First Self-Published Book Prize Winner - Finally Some Recognition for Self-Published Authors

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

Self-publishing is a double-edged sword because, whilst it provides people with a direct route to market, some of the cheaper, automated publishers offer their services to absolutely anyone, regardless of the quality and presentation of the written work. This is where the problem lies, as it's not the content or the idea of self-published books that often lets it down, but the delivery...