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Writers helping writers.

Genuine advice on how to get past writing blocks, how to write for particular genres. Learn the gritty behind the scenes truths of what makes writing work and what doesn’t.

Find out what’s going on in the world of writers: retreats, competitions, conferences, and book fairs.

May’s Events for Authors and Publishers [2017]

This post is outdated. For upcoming retreats, go to International Book Fairs 2020, Writers Conferences 2020 and Writers Retreats Not to Miss

For anyone in the writing industry, it’s important to always stay on top of things. May is another month loaded with great events for authors and publishers of all categories. Between book fairs, publishing events, writers’ retreats and conferences, we listed 14 events in May 2017 that matter to authors and publishers across the globe.


This brief article will help you plan your month around what events you want to (and can) attend, as well as where to find more info on each event.

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10 Basic Steps for Reviewing Your Writing

Once you’ve finished your manuscript, it’s easy to breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate the first step to getting your book published. But bearing in mind editors can tell what’s worth publishing after as little as two pages, it’s a good idea to do some editing yourself, before you send it off.

The more that editors realize your manuscript needs a lot of editing work, the more likely they are to put it to one side and forget about it. Self-editing will increase your chances the editor reads your manuscript – it’ll also increase the chances your book will actually be readable.


To avoid any hiccups, below are 10 easy steps you can follow to re-read over your manuscript and self-edit.

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Interview with Bogota International Book Fair 2017

One of Colombia’s (and Latin America’s) most important cultural and literary events, the Bogota International Book Fair will provide you with more than just Gabriel Garcia Marquez – you’ll also get to enjoy well over 1000 cultural events on the side, along with literary gems from all the biggest Latin authors along with many promising, up-coming names.


This year, the FILBo 2017 will be celebrating it’s 30th anniversary. So we thought we’d conduct an interview with the Fair’s manager, Ms. Sandra Pulido Urrea, to discover what’s so special about this year’s event, as well as France’s role as the country guest of honor at this milestone event. FILBo will be held from the 25th of April till the 8th of May this year.

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April’s Events for Authors and Publishers [2017]

This post is outdated. For upcoming retreats, go to International Book Fairs 2019, Writers Conferences 2019 and Writers Retreats Not to Miss

It’s no April fools’, but this month is actually racked with an impressive lineup of events targeted for authors and publishers. Maybe they know how much we love spring after a long cold winter, and plan to catch us in a good mood.


This brief article will help you plan what book fairs, publishing events, conferences, workshops and retreats you want to organize your month around, as well as where to find more info on each event.

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How to Attend Writers’ Conferences for Less (or Free)

Finding the perfect conference, writer’s retreat or exhibition to attend is the easy part. And as an author, especially when you’re at the beginning of your writing career, you’ve been told that it’s one of the most important ways to network and learn from the experts.


Seeing the price-tag, however, can put the break on attending! It can be almost prohibitively expensive – where do you find the money? Fear not as help is at hand! Whether it’s by planning in advance and working with colleagues and friends to take advantage of discounts, or by applying for grants, you can reduce expenditure.

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The Art of Writing Short Stories

Writing short stories is an excellent way of getting started as an author, whether you’re writing for adults or children, as it gives you the opportunity to flex your writing wings. You can also start getting your work published, whilst not having to worry about writing a great tome.

How to write a short story

But what are the key elements to creating highly readable short stories? Below are some top tips to consider as you plan that best-seller!

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Resources for Horror Writers: How to Spook ’em Right

You know that abandoned house at the end of your block? You know the one. It sits in shadows even on the brightest of days. Birds don’t even land in the yard, have you noticed? I’d tell you the key to a kickass horror novel is hidden in its depths, but that would be cruel and it might get you killed.


There are a lot of resources for horror writers that aren’t located in the bowels of a haunted house, you’ll be happy to know. Let me lay out a few. And if you want to go hunting for the key later, well, that’s not my problem.

Just beware the thing that lives under the stairs, okay?

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How to Capture a Young Reader’s Mind: 5 Essential Tips

As recently as ten years ago, children’s literature was in the doldrums, seen as a poor investment by publishers. When the Harry Potter books burst onto the scene, authors in the field saw their opportunities with young readers expand.

In fact, when the final Harry Potter installment was published in 2007, it was the fastest selling book ever recorded. The BBC reported that an estimated 15 million were sold in 24 hours. Since then, there’s been real interest in writing specifically for children.

5 essential writing tips for young readers

With greater opportunities opening up for children’s authors, it’s a perfect opportunity to take the step into writing specifically for children. Below are five essential steps you should consider when starting out in the children’s literature field.

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Children’s and YA Authors: Don’t miss these 13 Resources

For first-time authors, it can be a daunting task creating the initial plan for your book, let alone actually writing it. This is especially the case for authors of children’s and young adults’ books. Thankfully, courtesy of the internet, there’s a lot of hugely helpful information available that will help your ideas blossom into a book.


Access to online resources have also flowered into a beautiful garden of support and inspiration. Featuring articles by and interviews with best-selling authors, all unwrap the mystery of writing books. They also have top tips and advice for getting started, developing plot and characters, as well as the business side of the publishing industry.

With digital books also an option, in addition to print books, there’s a huge potential now available for interactive ebooks for children. Authors are no longer restricted to just paper printed editions. They now have the option of tablets and computers to give their books an extra accessibility previously not found.

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26 Workshops & Retreats for Writers in 2017

This post is outdated. For upcoming retreats, go to Writers’ Retreats You Don’t Want to Miss.

If it’s proving hard to chip away at the good old writer’s block, then you’ll be glad to know there’s something you can do about it. And not just any old solution either.


Writer’s retreats and workshops are the perfect way to unblock your creative juices, get them flowing again, and getting your pen (or keyboard!) loose again. With leading authors and agents in attendance, you’ll get to ask the right questions and hear the answers you need for your latest literary work.

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