23 Tips from Famous Writers for New and Emerging Authors



  1. “I have advice for people who want to write. I don’t care whether they’re 5 or 500. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you. Where you just put down what you think about life, what you think about things, what you think is fair and what you think is unfair. And second, you need to read. You can’t be a writer if you’re not a reader. It’s the great writers who teach us how to write. The third thing is to write. Just write a little bit every day. Even if it’s for only half an hour — write, write, write.” ― Madeleine L’Engle
  2. “Let the writer take up surgery or bricklaying if he is interested in technique. There is no mechanical way to get the writing done, no shortcut. The young…

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Baldy needs Your Help!

Kieran’s words paint a vivid image!


I am delighted to say my shortlisted poem, ‘Loneliness’ is one of eleven finalists for the Theatre Cloud’s Loneliness Project. I am so pleased that I was selected from over six hundred entries, proud and humbled.
The judging takes place this week and I am campaigning for votes again. There are two prizes voted for by the judges, but there is a third prize for the poem with the most votes, shares and you tube views. If you haven’t voted for my poem yet, please, please – I urge you to take a look and; vote for it by clicking the heart icon. The link to the poem is here:

I would greatly appreciate anyone sharing the link on their blogs and social media.

Thank you all. And thank you all for your continued support and kindness. Baldypoems has had some wonderful success this year and it is a…

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Third Party Listings

Indie authors, read this as you send your work out there and beware! It could happen to you…

Stevie Turner, Indie Author.

Something I have not come across before is ‘Third Party Listings’, and I am writing this blog to find out if any other Indie author has had the same thing happen to them.

I noticed  on my Amazon author page today that two extra copies of my paperbacks, ‘A House Without Windows’ and ‘A Rather Unusual Romance’ have appeared, and are both up for sale at £20.15 each.  I know I did not put them up for sale at this high price, and so contacted CreateSpace to find out what was going on.  I received this reply:

I understand that you are concerned about the third party listings of your book.

Rest assured that you all receive royalties for all books that are manufactured. The specifics in the listings for items sold by third-party sellers on the Amazon platforms are solely at the discretion of the third-party seller. For instance, sellers in the Expanded…

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Anyone can write

Postcard from a Pigeon

Someone commented on a story of mine, recently, that they couldn’t write fiction and I thought, why not?

Anyone can write but not everyone will write a story that every one wants to read. That takes time and practice.

There are no rules in writing but a story, everyone understands, has a beginning, a middle and an end. Now, if you write stories all the time, whether novels or short stories, then you will find yourself asking the question, posed above, by Lev Grossman.

But, you see, every writer will ask themselves that question all the time, if they’re serious about what they’re doing. For a writer, stories never end, they evolve. And then a time comes along when…

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A Deserved Victory!

charles french words reading and writing

Sometimes, not always, but on occasion, courage, determination, vision, and a knowledge of being right come together and make a difference in the world.  Sometimes this wonderful event can happen.  Please read Tricia’s post http://neverlessthan.com/2016/05/17/restoration/ Restoration to see how a courageous person led a battle for the educational rights of her son.  This is both encouraging to see a good person win such a battle, and the writing of the event is deeply moving.

Again, please go to:  http://neverlessthan.com/2016/05/17/restoration/



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Wednesday Wing – Publishing an e-book- easy to use steps by @AlisonW_Editor #wwwblogs #AmWriting

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Today Editor Alison Williams joins us to talk about Publishing an e-book

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Publishing an eBook

There’s absolutely no doubt that self-publishing has opened the doors to many new authors and many are tempted by the idea that they can write a book, upload it to Amazon and wait for the money to roll in. But of course it isn’t as simple as that. Aside from the issues around quality, you also need to prepare your manuscript for publishing.

There are freelancers and companies that will do this for you, but of course they will charge you. So, although formatting can be quite a tricky business, it is worth learning how to do this as once you have the skills you will then be able to format and self-publish in future without incurring any costs (aside of course from…

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