Sunday, 22 April 2012

Getting Published & other advice by Stephen Leather - Author

I just read a very interesting post on Stephen Leather's Author's website, the author of 25 thriller novels plus TV and other work, and I hope he does not mind me 'linking' this post to his website. I found the advice excellent for aspiring writers like myself who may tread the same path in trying to get a book deal.

His author's website has a fascinating insight into how he writes, how he started off after his career in journalism and contains great snippets of wisdom about writing, getting an agent, Getting Published and useful links to writer's reference books (see below).

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Friday, 20 April 2012

Writing a Synopsis?

I've written a book, I know how to write, I've got two books totaling 800 pages under my belt, so I know exactly how to write a synopsis to send to an editor or literary agent don't I?,

It's harder to write than a book because it has to be concise and yet explain the whole plot, the theme, the characters and the emotional conflicts and resolutions. Piece of cake.
I set about writing a synopsis for my second novel and thought that I would check around the twitterverse and see how 'the professionals' do it. I came across several articles but I was impressed by the advice by Rebecca Laffar-Smith on her blog The Craft of Writing Fiction.
I feel much happier now about the task and in a way looking forward to telling the story again, not in 100,000 words, but more like 3,000 words. Rebecca compares it to writing a short story, albeit a little more compressed and detailed.
I'm looking forward to rummaging around in her other posts which cover just about every aspect of writing, representation and publishing. 
Join Rebecca on twitter @laffarsmith 

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Shipwrecked Author

Felicity Lennie's "Book Island Castaway" Gregory Stenson - First Shipwrecked Author

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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

My new look blog progress

Welcome folks to my new look blog page, which i am still formatting. I will use this page to discuss areas of writing, publishing and books in general. 

I will also add film and book reviews and other stuff that interests me and might interest other readers, it would be great to get some interraction going on.

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