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How To Write Your First Novel

Sophie King
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Sophie King
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Masterclasses in Creative Writing

Barbara Dynes
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Barbara Dynes

What often holds aspiring writers back is the lack of confidence to get started. How do I structure my story? How do I bring my characters to life and make them believable? How do I write convincing dialogue? In this dip-into book a professional, award-winning writer and lecturer on creative writing has developed a collection of revealing and highly accessible masterclasses that will inform and encourage creative writers. The book is arranged in easy-to-find subjects and includes mini tutorials, examples, top tips, and summaries of learning points in· Developing all your writing skills· Keeping the reader involved· Creating great characters· Writing natural dialogue· Using viewpoint effectively· Enjoying the process of writingThe lessons are designed to increase your skills, add to your knowledge, and help you fulfil your creative potential.

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Teaching Creative Writing

Helen Stockton
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Helen Stockton
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Get Writing Children's Fiction

Karen King
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Karen King

The aim of this book is to get you writing. It's full of inspiration, tips and writing exercises for anyone who wants to write children's fiction. Included are tips from other published writers, useful links and answers to questions you've always wanted to ask.Includes chapters on:Know-how: the difference between writing for children and writing for adults.How to get ideas for your stories from your family, your work and your life - and how to expand those ideas.Creating believable characters children will love reading about.Writing by the seat of your pants, or plotting? Basic things you need to know for either approach.Writing realistic dialogue.Writing the first draftHow to create 'reel them in' beginnings, sustain the pace in the middle, and write satisfying endings. How to write page-turning chapter endings; keeping continuity when writing series. Writing for the educational market.Writing a synopsis and a proposal.Submitting your work to a publisher or agent.Dealing with rejects and rewrites.Publicity and marketing. Publishing your own work.

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More Five Minute Writing

Margret Geraghty
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Margret Geraghty

This follow-up book to Margret Geraghty's bestselling The Five Minute Writer contains 50 more inspirational exercises to inspire you to write - even if you have only five minutes a day to spare. Margret also includes a new feature: snippet triggers, which she has designed in order to show readers how they can develop quirky little anecdotes they find in newspapers and regional broadcasts.Each short section offers you a thought-provoking discussion, followed by a five-minute exercise. These daily warm-up exercises can be taken at random and will help you to:Develop a reliable and enjoyable writing routine.Break through the dreaded writing block.Open your mind, step out of your comfort zone and set free your creative thought. Access your inner self and the personal memories that provide an inexhaustible source of story ideasDevelop whole-brain techniques for 'stepping outside the box'.

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100 Ways To Publish and Sell Your Own Ebook

Conrad Jones, Darin Jewell
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Conrad Jones, Darin Jewell

If you've published an e-book, or are planning to do so, you'll need this essential guide. It provides expert advice on every step of the process, from production through to all-important promotion. To ensure your e-book reaches its intended audience, at the very least you have to: - design and format the cover a certain way - know your options in terms of publishing platforms and choose the right one for your book - price and promote it appropriately - know which social networking, bookmarking and cataloguing sites are best suited to showcase it. This book will give your e-book its best chance of becoming a best seller.

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How To Write Erotic Fiction and Sex Scenes

Ashley Lister
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Ashley Lister

Whether you're writing a steamy erotic novel, or a romantic novel and want to take the reader beyond the bedroom door, writing a convincing sex scene can be one of the most difficult challenges for any fiction writer. How to Write Erotic Fiction and Sex Scenes is a practical guide to help every writer rise to this challenge.

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Creative Writing

Adèle Ramet
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Adèle Ramet
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Writing From Life

Lynne Hackles
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Lynne Hackles
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Write Your Life Story In Ten Easy Steps

Sophie King
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Sophie King

Writing your life story is one of the greatest gifts you can give your family. In writing it you will find yourself drawing even closer to your children and grandchildren. You will also find it an exciting and fascinating process, one that helps you to make sense of your own life. Writing your own life story is also a very good way for creative writers to find inspiration and get started in the 'habit' of writing. This step-by-step guide will steer you through different ways of telling your life story, in ten easy steps: - HOW TO BEGIN - USING THE POWER OF MEMORY - HOW TO START YOUR RESEARCH - DIFFERENT WAYS OF STRUCTURING YOUR LIFE STORY - HOWTO MAKE YOUR LIFE STORY STAND OUT WITH PICTURES, COLOURS AND SMELLS, ETC - HOW TO PROVIDE A CONTEMPORARY FEEL TO YOUR LIFE STORY - BRINGING THE REST OF THE WORLD INTO YOUR STORY - HOWTO END YOUR LIFE STORY - AND MAKE SURE THAT IT DOESN'T HURT ANYONE (INCLUDING YOURSELF) - HOW TO PRESENT YOUR LIFE STORY AND GET IT PUBLISHED - STORIES TO INSPIRE YOU Nowadays, you can publish your life story should you want to do so. For a small amount of money, you can get a few bound copies or you can publish it free on the net. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to write an heirloom which will last for ever.

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Writing From Life 2nd Edition

Lynne Hackles
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Lynne Hackles

You will learn how to write about what you know - and you certainly know a lot. The good news is that the older you are, and the older you get, the more experiences you have had - so you'll always have something to write about. The author, Lynne Hackles, will show you how to make your own 'Raking up your past' file - using memories, lists, diaries, newspapers, smells, family trees, etc. Plus how to turn your own anecdotes, recounted to friends and family, into useful prose; and how to fashion the passed-down history of your ancestors into a family saga. With this book you'll also learn how to: - Sell a snippet of conversation - Make money by sharing secrets - Take your boss and your best friend and come up with a new character - Sell one event in your life to several different markets - Impart knowledge you didn't think you had to people who didn't know they needed it - Use the emotions, traumas, joys and experiences of your own life to make your writing stronger and more saleable. With this book you'll never run out of ideas, and writer's block will be a thing of the past.Contents: 1. Writing and your life; PART ONE - NON-FICTION; 2. Easy ways to start; 3. And my specialist subject is...; 4. Washing your dirty linen; 5. Wholesome real life; 6. Everyone has a book in them; PART TWO - FICTION; 7. What is fiction?; 8. Short stories; 9. Novels; 10. Writing for children; Index.

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Creative Writing, 8th Edition

Adèle Ramet
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Adèle Ramet

This book is an excellent guide for writers who are starting out, or writers who are looking for ways to improve, broaden and vary their writing. It focuses on fiction and fiction genre - science, romance, horror and crime. It teaches how to create characters, set atmosphere, develop dialogue and create suspense. The book also covers non-fiction, in particular the ways to draw on personal experience to write articles on a wide variety of topics in a number of different styles. There is a chapter on writing for children, teaching the specialist skills that - once mastered - bring enormous satisfaction to both the writer and the reader. The internet's impact on the creative writer and the opportunities it presents are explored and described, and - crucially - there is also a chapter on how to present your work to a publisher and get it into print.Contents: List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Getting started; 2. Writing non-fiction; 3. Creating fictional characters; 4. Setting and atmosphere; 5. Showing not telling; 6. Writing realistic dialogue; 7. Finding true love; 8. Haunting, thrilling and killing; 9. Writing for children; 10. Sending your work to a publisher; Glossary; Answer to assignments; Useful addresses; Useful websites; Online dictionaries; Further reading; Index.

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The Writer's Guide to Copyright, Contract and Law, 4th Edition

Helen Shay
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Helen Shay

The law is of great significance to you as a writer. It can work to your advantage or to your disadvantage; it can help you or hinder you. The best way to ensure that you get the most out of the law is to know it. With this book you will learn what rights you have as a writer and how to enjoy them; and what obligations you have and how to comply with them. You will discover how to avoid legal pitfalls; and, in the event that you find yourself in a legal entanglement, how best to remedy the situation. Specifically, this book will show you; * What copyright is and how the law protects an owner * How to preserve your copyright and avoid infringing that of others * How to avoid libellous writing and defend yourself from legal action should the need arise * What is required for a binding contract, and how to enter into and get out of one with your publisher * What are the usual basic clauses of a publishing contract, with examples * How to understand advances, royalties and rights * How to deal with your literary estate * What other legal issues may arise and how to manage them With the help of this book you will become confident in your knowledge of the law as it applies to you - before, during and after publication.

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The Five-Minute Writer

Margret Geraghty
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Margret Geraghty
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The Beginner's Guide to Getting Published 6th Edition

Chris Mccallum
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Chris Mccallum

The writers who get their work published are not necessarily the most brilliant. They are writers who provide what editors and publishers want. Being a successful writer means balancing your individuality and enthusiasm with your writing and selling skills. It means: adopting a professional attitude from the start; writing as well as you can in your chosen field; giving editors what they want, not what you think they should want; presenting your work as editors like to see it; and, developing a mutually profitable relationship with a publisher.The world of publishing is volatile and highly competitive so you'll need a guide to show you how to give yourself the best chance of success. If you follow the advice in this book you'll save yourself a lot of time, money and frustration. Now in its 6th edition, this book has been thoroughly revised and updated to include: the absolute need to be computer-literate - the chances of success are limited these days for any writer without internet/e-mail access and the skills to use it; the advantages to the self-publisher offered by print-on-demand technology; specific advice for beginners from established writers; updated information on how the world of publishing works,and how and why material is selected for publication; and, the importance of websites, blogging, pod-casting and other digital information.Contents: List of illustrations; Preface to the sixth edition; 1. Getting started; 2. The Internet; 3. Understanding Rights and Contracts; 4. Keeping records; 5. Preparing Your Work for Submission; 6. Submitting Your Work to the Market; 7. Writing for Magazines and Newspapers; 8. Writing and Selling Short Stories; 9. Writing and Selling Your First Novel; 10. Writing and Selling Non-Fiction Books; 11. Writing for Children and Teenagers; 12. Writing Poetry. Song Lyrics and Greeting Cards; 13. Writing for Radio, Screen and Stage; 14. Self-Financed Publishing; 15. Writing for Competitions; Glossary; Recommended Reading; Associations Open to Unpublished Writers; Other Useful Addresses; Index.

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Writing For Magazines (4th Edition)

Adèle Ramet
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Adèle Ramet

Written by an experienced author, this practical book shows you how to produce manuscripts to fit a specific slot, advises you on how to adapt your style to suit different markets, and how to utilise research material to write facts and fiction effectively.Contents: 1. Mixing fact and fiction; 2. Constructing an article; 3. Getting articles into print; 4. Researching and filing systems; 5. Rewriting for different markets; 6. Writing short stories; 7. Caring for your characters; 8. Finding the right format; 9. Creating a Twist in the Tale; 10. Signposting; 11. Twisting With Little Old Ladies; 12. Fitting a Specific Plot; 13. Working as a Freelance; 14. Marketing Your Manuscript; 15. Keeping Records; Solutions to exercises; Glossary; Useful addresses; Further reading; Index.

Conrad Jones

Conrad Jones is a best-selling e-book author, and has been interviewed on the BBC and radio and quoted in many newspapers as an e-book marketing specialist. His Soft Target thrillers were in the Kindle top 40 for nearly 12 months, and two of them achieved top ranking in their categories.

Darin Jewell

Darin Jewell is a professional literary agent with a prestigious list of clients, and author of How to Sell and Market Your Book. As a publishing sales and marketing expert, Darin regularly participates in panels on writing seminars and speaks to writing groups nation wide.

Patricia Highsmith

Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and moved to New York when she was six, where she attended the Julia Richman High School and Barnard College. In her senior year she edited the college magazine, having decided at the age of sixteen to become a writer. Her first novel, Strangers on a Train, was made into a classic film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. The Talented Mr Ripley, published in 1955, introduced the fascinating anti-hero Tom Ripley, and was made into an Oscar-winning film in 1999 by Anthony Minghella. Graham Greene called Patricia Highsmith 'the poet of apprehension', saying that she 'created a world of her own - a world claustrophobic and irrational which we enter each time with a sense of personal danger' and The Times named her no.1 in their list of the greatest ever crime writers. Patricia Highsmith died in Locarno, Switzerland, in February 1995. Her last novel, Small g: A Summer Idyll, was published posthumously, the same year.

Sophie King

Sophie King is author of such novels as The School Run, The Supper Club and The Wedding Party for Hodder. She also writes under the name of Janey Fraser for Random House. Her other How To Books are How To Write Short Stories for Magazine, How To Write Your First Novel and How to Write Your Life Story in Ten Easy Steps. Sophie is an active creative writing tutor and attends many of the annual writing conferences as a speaker.