11 Ways Not To Start Your Novel – No. 6

With Your Protagonist Waking Up The submission sits in front of me on the desk. I’ve read this scene about a hundred times before and here it is again. I’ll probably read it at least three more times before the day is up. The words spin in front of me and I search for the…

MONSTER OF THE MONTH

This month, MONSTER OF THE MONTH illustrator, Jon Holder, took some advice from the Children’s Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook and spent some time with his target audience. Jon took his work-in-progress to three UK schools and read it aloud to hundreds of primary school children aged eight and up. Jon said, ‘To say I was…

Happy publication day for GONE IN SECONDS by A. J. Cross!

What is GONE IN SECONDS about?   The main character of GONE IN SECONDS is Kate Hanson who’s profile is that of a single mother to 12 year old Maisie – so there’s a readily-availabe source of aggravation.  Kate has a full time post as a lecturer in Forensic Psychology/Criminology at the University of Birmingham, which she loves, and she also has a role as…

James Leighton talks about Duncan Edwards: The Greatest

In a tweet can you introduce us to Duncan Edwards? Duncan Edwards played for Manchester United and England in the 1950s and is regarded by many as the greatest footballer of all time. Sadly, he died in the 1958 Munich air disaster when he was only 21 years-old. Where did the title “The Greatest” come…

An Interview with Jason Dean

Jason Dean was born in South London. He spent many years as a graphic designer before turning his talent to writing the kind of American thrillers he has always loved reading. He lives in Thailand with his wife and is currently working on his second novel. In a tweet can you tell us what THE…

Literary Agency – Dictionary Corner – Publishing Terms Translated

Have you ever spoken to someone in publishing or browsed the submission portion of an agency’s website and wondered what on earth we’re all talking about? Well, wonder no more. Here in Dictionary Corner we will strive to shed some light on the technical jargon and industry lingos that often confuse new writers. Literary Agency…