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Why Every Writer Needs As Much Editing As Possible

I RECENTLY RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM A WRITER who had self-published his book but had decided against professional editing because of the extra cost that was involved. I got the feeling that he later regretted his decision. He asked me this: ‘With a professional edit and help promoting it, I think the book has potential. […]

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About Jody Hedlund

Jody Hedlund is an award-winning historical romance novelist and author of the best-selling book, The Preacher's Bride. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Taylor University and a Master’s from the University of Wisconsin, both in Social Work. Currently she makes her home in Michigan with her husband and five busy children. Her second book, The Doctor’s Lady, released in September 2011.

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What is Genre? (Part 2: Horror and Fantasy)

IN THIS, THE SECOND INSTALMENT OF THREE IN SOPHIE PLAYLE’S INVESTIGATION OF GENRE (following her recent attendance at the Paul Cornell talk [www.paulcornell.com] at the Bad Writing Symposium in London), horror and fantasy are discussed. Horror According to Cornell, horror collapsed and vanished to the point that it was just Stephen King. This was partly […]

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About Sophie Playle

Sophie Playle studied English Literature with Creative Writing at UEA, and has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London. She is the creator and editor of Inkspill Magazine (www.inkspillmagazine.com), and has had over thirty short stories, poems and articles published, and is currently working on her first novel. Read her thoughts on writing, publishing and creativity at www.sophieplayle.com

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What is Genre? (Part 1: Science Fiction)

PAUL CORNELL – A NOVELIST, COMICS AND TV WRITER, NOTABLY FOR DOCTOR WHO AND ACTION COMICS – was the guest speaker at the Bad Writing Symposium, held at King’s College, London, last month. He spoke about the concept of genre, its history and how we define it. It was a great talk: humorous, energetic and engaging. […]

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About Sophie Playle

Sophie Playle studied English Literature with Creative Writing at UEA, and has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London. She is the creator and editor of Inkspill Magazine (www.inkspillmagazine.com), and has had over thirty short stories, poems and articles published, and is currently working on her first novel. Read her thoughts on writing, publishing and creativity at www.sophieplayle.com

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Crabbit’s Tips for Writers 1: On Writing Fiction

NICOLA MORGAN, SELF-STYLED AS ‘CRABBIT’, IS AN AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR of around 90 books. Here she offers writing advice in the first of a series of articles. The orginal post can be found on Nicola’s blog: Help! I Need a Publisher! In my absurd desire to pander to your every whim and propel you towards publication […]

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About Nicola Morgan

Nicola Morgan is author of around 90 books, blogger at Help! I Need a Publisher!, and author of Write to be Published and Tweet Right – The Sensible Person’s Guide to Twitter.

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The Essence of Writer

WHAT IS IT THAT ‘WRITER’ IS? I use that deliberate set and order of words to reflect the phenomenological stance, as applied to thinking. Or, initially, to put it more accurately: what is it that this writer is? This writer, in this instance, is me (as opposed to the arbitrary and indefinite article that is […]

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