Author: Claire Bradshaw

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 …

Opportunities: December 2017

Michael Terence Publishing Short Story Competition Michael Terence Publishing invites entries up to 3000 words for its Short Story Competition. Fiction/short novel, science fiction and non-fiction genres accepted. First prize £300; second prize £200 and third prize £100. All prize winners receive publication online and in a print anthology. Open …

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The Caledonia Novel Award The Caledonia Novel Award is open internationally to unpublished and self-published novelists.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 …