Author: Claire Bradshaw

5 Key Reasons Indie Authors Should Use Goodreads

If you're an avid reader, you probably already have a Goodreads account. But if you're an indie author, you might not yet have utilised Goodreads as a tool for book promotion. In case you haven't heard of it, Goodreads is a 'social network for readers'. It has a searchable database of …

Opportunities: May 2018

Bristol Short Story Prize The Bristol Short Story Prize is open for entries of short fiction up to 4000 words. Open internationally. First prize is £1000; second prize £700; third prize £400. Seventeen further prizes of £100 will be presented to the remaining shortlisted writers. All winners and shortlisted stories …

When and How to Write an Amazing Prologue

Today we're going to talk about one of the most divisive literary devices around: the prologue. As you probably know, a prologue is a section that appears before Chapter One in a book. The prologue is something separate from the main story, which always begins in Chapter One. Some readers …

5 Things To Avoid When Writing Romantic Relationships

Ahh, romance. Not only is it a massively popular genre of its own, it's also an extremely common element in countless other genres and categories – from literary fiction right through to sci-fi, fantasy and young adult fiction. However, writing romantic relationships isn't easy. Just because it's done often, doesn't mean …

7 Ways To Get Paid On Time As A Freelancer

Not getting paid on time for your work is a frustrating problem faced by many freelancers. You've obeyed a deadline and submitted your work on time – why can't your client extend the same courtesy when it comes to payment?! Unfortunately, many businesses and individuals still have a lax approach …

Opportunities: April 2018

Killer Nashville Annual Claymore Award The Killer Nashville Claymore Award assists new and rebranding authors in getting published. Manuscripts with thriller, mystery, crime or suspense elements are eligible for entry. Winner receives a traditional publishing contract with a Mystery Writers of America and/or International Thriller Writers' approved publisher. $40 entry fee. …