Author: Claire Bradshaw

5 Quick Tips for Writing Thrilling Fight Scenes

Fight scenes are common across a range of genres, from action, spy and thriller novels to fantasy and sci-fi. They're often a physical manifestation of the conflict that's driving your story – and they're great for keeping things exciting for readers. Whatever genre you write, knowing how to write an authentic, …

Ultimate Guide: Establishing An Author Newsletter

We've talked before about the importance of building your author platform. Mastering your online author presence is something all modern writers need to learn how to do – especially those who are self-published. An important part of that platform and online presence is an author newsletter. 'Wait a minute,' you're probably …

Opportunities: November 2017

The Caledonia Novel Award The Caledonia Novel Award is open internationally to unpublished and self-published novelists. Prize is £1000. Submissions should consist of the first 20 pages of the novel followed by a 200-word synopsis. Entry fee is £25 per novel. Entries close 1st November. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize The …

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 …