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January – quick update

Happy New Year! Just a few quick things to mention.


My interview with Mur Lafferty on the I Should Be Writing podcast ep369 is now available on iTunes and also here on her website.

So if you’re an aspiring author and want to hear some good and varied advice from all kinds of authors, then check out the podcast.


In about two weeks time I’m at Birmingham Waterstones for a publishing workshop on How to edit your novel alongside 2 other authors (Gemma Todd and Gillian McAllister) and an editor/agent (Amanda Rutter). The event is free and tickets are still available. Contact the bookshop to reserve a seat.

We’ll be talking about our experiences with editing our novels, the standard steps a novel goes through when you work with an agent and then an editor at a publisher. We’ll also be answering questions from the audience and there will be copies of my books and Gemma’s first awesome book, Defender, if you want signed copies.


This is an annual convention that moves around the country which is organised by a different group of people each year. For 2017 the event is called Innominate and is being held in Birmingham at the Hilton hotel from 14-17th April.

I’ll be attending the event, hopefully on a panel or two, and will be hanging around all weekend so will be signing books and probably chatting in the bar! If you’ve never been to an event like this before then I would recommend it. You could just come along for the day, sit in some talks and panels, meet some authors and just relax with a crowd of people with common interests.

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How To….

Just a short post today, but one that I’m hoping will generate some feedback.

Next month I’m one of three authors  involved with a free publishing workshop at Waterstones in Birmingham. This event on June 8th is designed to provide writers with information on how to find a literary agent. This is for those who are interested in traditional publishing, not self publishing. The three of us will be talking about how we found an agent and answering questions.

For those unable to attend, or not even in the UK, would you find some How To… type videos useful? Is there enough information out there already?

Do you know how to find a literary agent? How to find a publisher? How to write a synopsis? How to write a covering letter? Do you understand the publishing process and the stages a book goes through before being published?

I’m considering a How To…YouTube channel but if all of this is clear, then I don’t need to add to the noise.

So, over to you. Would you like to see such a thing? If so, what topics would interest you?

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