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Guest Post: Writerly Benefits of Working on the Frontline

So we’ve already established that I’m a book-wrangler (as in, I’m a library assistant), but I also write young-adult fantasy. When I took the job, I assumed that the only writerly benefits I’d reap would be plenty of spare time to write since it’s only a part-time post. And obviously access to plenty of awesome books. But that’s where I was wrong. I didn’t foresee just how beneficial working on the frontline with readers would […]

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Guest Post: Beginners Guide To Hiring A Freelance Editor

So you’ve got a book that you’ve worked hard on and you’re thinking of hiring a freelance editor, but where do you start? Hopefully you begin looking a month or two before you actually need an editor (which should be after you’ve done your own revisions first). As you can imagine, editing takes a while and editors frequently book up months in advance. For some of the higher profile editors, it’s not unusual to have […]

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Guest Post: Creativity Compost (plus giveaway!)

Where do you get your ideas? If you’re a writer, you probably just cringed. At least for me, it’s the single most common question I get asked, sitting right above “What, like a real writer, with books?” and “Wow, do you have a castle like J.K. Rowling?” Still, despite having answered this question a hundred times over, I always still groan on the inside when I hear it. Because it’s not a simple question to […]

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Guest Post: The Realities of Publishing (And What Rejection Has Taught Me)

We’ve all heard the stories. There’s the girl who sends out her first batch of queries, only to get an immediate deluge of full requests and wake up the next morning with eight offers of representation waiting in her inbox. Or the debut author who goes on submission, only to find himself fending off several six-figure, multi-book, preempt offers the following week. Well, here’s Reality Check #1: That’s not going to be you. (Ok, I […]

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Writing Futuristic Fiction in (what feels like) a Science Fiction World

When I was in my teens, in the late 80s, one of my favourite Ray Bradbury stories was “There Will Come Soft Rains”.  Published in 1950, it’s a story of beautifully understated tragedy, about a futuristic-style house full of automatic functions, that keeps on functioning (cooking breakfast, dimming lights, reading poetry) even though its occupants have all been killed by a nuclear catastrophe. I was fascinated, both by the concept itself and by the idea […]

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