Author: Claire Bradshaw

Opportunities: March 2018

BBC National Short Story Award The BBC and Cambridge University welcome entries to the 2018 BBC National Short Story Award. Winning author receives £15,000, and four further shortlisted authors receive £600 each. Open to British nationals and UK residents aged 18 years or over who have a prior record of …

5 Top Tips for Getting Indie Book Reviews

When it comes to promoting an indie book, you don't have a whole marketing team behind you like a traditionally published author does. Authors on contracts with publishing houses generally have a whole campaign developed for them, not only saving the author time and money, but also potentially leading to …

5 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Writing YA Fiction

As with any other style or genre, writing YA fiction truly is an art form. There's so much to balance: the younger characters' perspectives, relationships and development; the language; the plot... One of the most common misconceptions about writing for young adults is that it's easier than writing for adults. …

5 Handy Organisational Tools For Freelance Writers

So we've covered professional portfolio sites and invoicing tools – now it's time to take a look at organisational tools for freelance writers! As we've mentioned before, being highly organised is one of the most important supplementary skills for freelance writers. If you're unorganised, you risk missing deadlines, turning over …

Opportunities: February 2018

The Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing The Text Prize is awarded annually to the best manuscript written for children or young adults by an Australian/New Zealand author. Entries must be between 20,000 and 120,000 words. Winner receives a publishing contract with Text and a $10,000 advance against …

5 Fresh Ideas For Promoting An Indie Book

As an indie author, all book marketing and promotion is entirely your responsibility. The amount of people your book lands in front of comes down to the promotion strategies that you develop. But when it comes to promoting an indie book, it can feel like every marketing tactic has been …

Opportunities: January 2018

Exeter Novel Prize Authors who are currently without representation by a literary agent are invited to enter the 2017 Exeter Novel Prize. Entrants must submit the first ten thousand words and synopsis of a novel that has not been accepted for publication by a traditional publishing house. First prize is …