UK Authors

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

Jacky Donovan | Posted 07.11.2014 | 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 17.10.2014 | 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 30.09.2014 | 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 30.09.2014 | 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 26.09.2014 | 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...

Teaching Children About War: Mum's Not the Word

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

The 70th anniversity of D-Day the centenary of the First World War pinpoint 2014 as a year of wartime nostalgia. Amongst fabulous stories of rebel veterans absconding from their care homes to Normandy and colourful re-enactment celebrations, one of the quieter questions being bartered around is 'do kids really know what's going on?.'

Hay-on-Wyte

Tess Finch-Lees | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tess Finch-Lees

After half an hour waiting in my second cue of the day I was catatonic. The people behind were chatty at first but grew markedly frosty when little Sylvian exclaimed (finger pointing for dramatic effect) she's the one that booed bankers in the Tata tent!

What Maya Angelou Taught Us About Being Strong Women

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Most of us may have encountered Maya Angelou via a school oruniversity syllabus, but once our eyes rested on her powerful words, it was love at first ...

Farley Mowat - The Most Significantly Awesome Man I Have Ever Known

Captain Paul Watson | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK
Captain Paul Watson

Today is a very sad day for me. The greatest Canadian I have ever known and one of my closest and dearest friends has died. I spoke to him just a few weeks ago and he was as full of life as he always has been. His passion for nature as profoundly strong as ever and he was just as outspoken as ever.

Why It's Important to Discover What You DON'T Know You Want Online

Dan Franklin | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Dan Franklin

When it comes to the cultural choices we make: the films and plays we see, the gigs we attend, the exhibitions we visit, the books we read, no-one really knows what they want. That's what can make cultural life rich and surprising.

Bestselling Crime Writer, Sheila Quigley, Discusses Her New Novel 'Lady in Red'

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruth Jacobs

Sheila Quigley is a bestselling crime writer from the North of England. She hit the news in her mid-fifties when she signed her first publishing deal for a six-figure sum with Random House.

Interview: Trista Hendren, Feminist Activist and Author, on Her New Book 'Mother Earth'

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK
Ruth Jacobs

Trista Hendren is a feminist activist who co-founded Rapebook, a Facebook page set up to campaign against rape humor and other abusive content on Facebook.

How to Take a Good Author Photo

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabrielle Leimon

Your work is being published and you are over the moon. The work being published has been created so all the hard work is over, right? WRONG!

Ten Publishing Trends: An Indie Author's Take

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK
Laxmi Hariharan

The most interesting part of a publishing conference is normally the wrap-up session. By then, you have worked out that all the authors are in the same boat: i.e. hoping to be mainstream published, but meanwhile contemplating going Indie.

10 Top Tips for Debut Authors: What Every Writer Needs to Know About Their First Time

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK
Hannah Beckerman

Last week, my first novel was published. I didn't, in all honesty, have any clue what to expect: it's not as though there's a training course called 'How To Be A First-Time Novelist' which lays out what's going to happen... I thought I'd share my top ten things every author needs to know before their first time.

Do You Constantly Feel Guilty?

Louise Presley-Turner | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Presley-Turner

It sounds obvious, but maybe you were a child who picked at scabs. You know you shouldn't spend time with those individuals who deplete your energy and leave you feeling guilt ridden - so stop doing it! Chose your friendships wisely and mix with those of a sunny disposition.

Pay the Writer

Sara Sheridan | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sara Sheridan

A lot of writers don't only earn less than the national average wage, they earn far less than the minimum wage. I'm not talking about writers who are unpublished or indeed, failed by any measure - I'm talking about people whose books have been taken on by bona fide publishers and whose work is building a steady, if not bestselling following.

Should the MOD Take UFOS More Seriously?

Neil Spring | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK
Neil Spring

Lights in the sky are one thing, near misses quite another, and as much as the MOD is happy to publicise the dubious (and often humorous) reports from members of the public, they aren't nearly as forthcoming as to remind us that the National Air Traffic Control Services detect around one unidentified flying object every month.

A Thrilling Read and A Fascinating Author - Meeting Bestselling Writer Peter May

Claire Meadows | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Claire Meadows

Peter May is a writer who needs no introduction. An award winning journalist at the age of twenty-one, he left newspapers for a career in television and screenwriting, creating three prime-time drama serials, including 1978's The Standard.

Writing Exercises That May Help You to Become More Creative

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabrielle Leimon

Writing should be a labour, but a labour of love. You should at least enjoy some degree of your writing so here are some quick exercises that may help you to become more creative. Find your writing space, wear whatever you're most comfortable in