Writing, reading, and generally getting over-excited about words

Hope is out there!

March 27, 2014


I’ve received a nice email from Cris at Pants on Fire Press which I’d like to share.  Pants on Fire are an American publisher but they are open to submissions from the UK, and have just signed their second UK author (hurrah!). The book is The Vampire Cat by Antony Bowers Smith from Manchester.  Bernard […]

Posted in: publishers, Submissions

March madness!

March 14, 2014


It’s an exciting month for me, fellow scribes.  My short play The Voices is being performed as part of Ghost Dog Productions‘ new writing night at the Horse Bar, London, while previous play Love in the Time of Magicka is currently ‘on tour’ at the Little Black Box Theatre in Bristol and then next month […]

New indie markets

March 6, 2014


A couple of interesting indie publishers featured in Writing Magazine this month. First is Fledgling Press,  a Scottish company that focuses on debut authors writing a variety of fiction including YA.  If you’re Scottish too that will help!  You should send three chapters and a short synopsis by email and they aim to reply within […]

An interview with Martyn Beardsley

February 10, 2014


Following my visit to author Martyn Beardsley’s blog, he has kindly agreed to answer some of my own questions.  Martyn is an interesting character, having achieved success in several genres and age groups.  He is probably best known for his series of humorous children’s books about the useless knight Sir Gadabout, which was also turned […]

Posted in: interviews

Trudi Granger’s success story

January 27, 2014


I am delighted to share the success story of Trudi Granger, a reader of this blog, who is due to have her picture book ‘Always There Bear’ published next month by Top That! Publishing. What is your background and how long have you been writing for? Ahh my background….. banking law!  For quite a few […]

I’ve been interviewed!

January 20, 2014


How exciting – I’ve been interviewed over on the blog of Martyn Beardsley, prolific writer for children and adults and author of the Sir Gadabout Books. If you’ve popped over from Martyn’s blog then unfortunately you will now be caught in an endless loop for all time as I’m about to direct you back to […]

Posted in: About me, interviews

Chapter One

January 4, 2014


It seems very appropriate for the beginning of the year to be discussing how to write the opening chapter of a novel.  I always imagine a new year as turning over the first page of a book – the adventure is all before us and anything could happen!  And something nice already has happened, as […]


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