Indie presses are a joy. They publish unique, interesting and challenging content that can often be neglected by the big guys. And, they can be a great outlet for writers looking to get their work in print. Meeting the editors Last night, I attended a fascinating talk at Waterstones Newcastle at which editors of four… Read More Working with indie presses
Finding a literary agent can be a pivotal point in a writer’s career. It can help you secure a book deal, get the exposure you need to build your readership and get your name known in the publishing world. But how do you go about getting one? Navigating the publishing landscape I was lucky enough… Read More How to find a literary agent
Julie Kirk, friend of Book and Brew and all-round delightful lady, has only gone and published her own book. [Insert hand clap] Snipped Tales is a beautiful piece of art as well as a keepsake for bookworms to treasure. I’ll let Julie tell you more… Picture a chance meeting (across a crowded work desk) between… Read More Snipped Tales
Vikki Patis is a writer and blogger at The Bandwagon, where she reviews books, interviews authors, and gives her opinions on a wide variety of topics, from feminism to fibromyalgia. She recently published a collection of short stories, Weltanschauung, and is talking to us today about the importance of being well read. As a book reviewer,… Read More Want to write? Then read.
Sarah Jeffery joined us at book club a few months ago. She’s always loved reading but took the plunge a few years ago to try her hand at writing. She talks to us today about her writing journey, and the support that helped her get published. I’ve always been an avid reader and could… Read More Sarah Jeffery: my writing journey
I spent the weekend blogging at the Berwick Literary Festival. I spoke to other readers, met some fascinating authors and heard some brilliant talks about being a writer. Looking back on my two-day adventure, there are some key things I will take with me and use to help me develop as a reader and writer.… Read More 10 things I learned at Berwick Literary Festival
Author Richard Yeo spoke at Berwick Literary Festival today about how to start writing. He provided some essential tips for those of us who want to write but don’t know where to start. By working through four simple questions – why, when, what and how? – Richard offered a useful structure for getting your ideas on paper.… Read More How to start writing
Alistair McCleery is Director of the Scottish Centre for the Book at Napier University in Edinburgh. He knows his stuff when it comes to the book industry and joined the Berwick Literary Festival to talk about the worth of writers – on a social, cultural and financial level. Getting paid Alistair started his session by… Read More What are writers worth?
As a book blogger, I attend quite a number of meet the author events. I’ve sat in the front row in a Waterstones basement, in the upper tier of a packed theatre and been squashed into a heaving festival tent to listen to the authors I love. But, I’ve never quite had the experience I… Read More Jelly babies from Helen MacKinven
LJ Ross is the bestselling author of the DCI Ryan series of crime novels. Her books are known for their strong sense of place, with landscapes and well-known settings as much a part of her writing and plot as her characters. Louise, as she’s also known, will be at this year’s Berwick Literary Festival to… Read More Writing places with LJ Ross