Author: Claire Bradshaw

Dos and Don’ts For Pitching Freelance Articles

There are many different types of freelance writing jobs. But perhaps the most common thing people think of when they hear the words 'freelance writer' is article or feature writing. Whether it's an online article, a feature in a magazine, or any other longer-form piece of writing, this type of …

Ultimate Guide: Why Indie Authors Need To Guest Blog

As an indie author, book marketing and promotion is entirely up to you. If you want to succeed, it's your responsibility to get the word out there about your books. Along with ARCs and book subscription boxes, guest blogging is another great marketing tool. Indie authors can gain much from building solid …

Opportunities: October 2017

London Short Story Prize The London Short Story Prize 2017 is currently open for entries of stories up to 5000 words. Winner will receive £1000 as well as print and online publication. Two highly commended and three shortlisted stories will also receive publication and payment. Open to writers living in …

How To Find And Fix Plot Holes In Your Novel

Plot holes. We all know what they are: inconsistencies or gaps that defy logic in stories. And we all know they're entirely undesirable when it comes to writing a good novel. Plot holes diminish the plausibility of a story and can have a huge effect on the way that story …

5 Must-Have Supplementary Skills For Freelance Writers

To be a successful freelance writer, you need more than just sound writing skills. Freelancing, after all, essentially involves running your own small business. You're not just doing your writing work; you're also managing all the other bits and pieces yourself – from invoices and payments to marketing and networking. …

Opportunities: September 2017

HWA Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Award The Historical Writers' Association is now open for entries to the Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Award. Short stories of up to 3500 words, set at least 35 years in the past, will be accepted. Prizes include £500, publication, mentoring session from author and agent, …