‘The sound of a typewriter brings me happiness’ – historical fiction and non-fiction author Cordelia Biddle @AuthorBiddle
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by Roz Morris @Roz_Morris
2w ago
When Cordelia Biddle was nine years old, a schoolteacher told her she could never become an author. Cordelia has proved that teacher everlastingly wrong with two works of non-fiction, five Victorian mystery novels and two standalones. Also, 12 murder mysteries written with her author husband. Her latest release is They Believed They Were Safe, set ..read more
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Let nothing stop you finishing your book – interview with Joanna Penn @thecreativepenn
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by Roz Morris @Roz_Morris
2w ago
A lot of people start writing books. Right now, ’tis the season for starting all sorts of great things. It’s also the season to vow to finish the book you lost touch with. How can you turn your good intentions into a finished work? We have the knowhow! My friend Joanna Penn has invited me ..read more
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Easy reading is hard writing –  why hard writing is worth it and how to do it
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by Roz Morris @Roz_Morris
3w ago
I have a friend on Facebook who posts thoughtful quotes about writing. This, from literary agent Jonny Geller, struck a chord. ‘One thing you learn working with good writers: the easier it was for you to read their story, the harder it was for them to write it.’ My last novel took 23 drafts, and ..read more
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Audiobook lovers, lend me your ears
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by Roz Morris @Roz_Morris
2M ago
Very quickly… the audiobooks of my first two novels are now available again – My Memories of a Future Life and Lifeform Three. The links above will take you to a range of audio stores and subscription services. If they’re not yet at your usual store, they’re going through the back channels and should be ..read more
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Thriller writers – your first pages: 5 more book openings critiqued by @agentpete @anniesummerlee and me!
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by Roz Morris @Roz_Morris
2M ago
I’ve just guested again at Litopia, the online writers’ colony and community. Each week they have a YouTube show, Pop-Up Submissions, where five manuscripts are read and critiqued live on air by literary agent Peter Cox @agentpete and a guest, or sometimes two. This time the other guest was longtime Litopian Annie Summerlee @anniesummerlee ..read more
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How do you make a career with your writing? Lessons from several years of author interviews
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by Roz Morris @Roz_Morris
2M ago
‘Dear Roz, how do I get a career with my writing?’ – Anya Dear Anya You might already guess what I’m going to say: everyone finds their own way, and a career happens after an apprenticeship of muddling and wandering. That muddling period might be long, or it might be short if the stars align ..read more
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How to make good decisions about book cover design – interview with Jessica Bell @iamjessicabell
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by Roz Morris @Roz_Morris
3M ago
How do you judge if your book cover is attracting the right readers? How do you brief a designer, especially if you have little knowledge of design or marketing? What do book cover designers wish authors knew about the process? There is no better person to ask than Jessica Bell, who you’ve seen on this ..read more
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Becoming you – how to develop confidence as a writer
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by Roz Morris @Roz_Morris
3M ago
On a recent episode of Litopia’s Pop-Up Submissions, we intended to talk about writer confidence, then the show went in another direction. But it’s worth a proper discussion. Litopia founder Peter Cox, who is also a literary agent, told me confidence is a major issue for his members. ‘Either it never gets a chance to ..read more
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What you can achieve if you try something a little scary… how I became a memoirist and novelist by @expatapple
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by Roz Morris @Roz_Morris
4M ago
Apple Gidley has lived all over the world, has taught English, sold SCUBA gear and negotiated British nationals out of jail when she was the British honorary consul in Equatorial Guinea. Her writing is powered by a fierce interest in the history of the many cultures she’s lived in and her latest novel, Have You ..read more
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How to master back story – book now for my mini-course, September 21st
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by Roz Morris @Roz_Morris
4M ago
Back story is a vital element of novel and memoir, but tricky to use well. I’ve certainly been reminded of this when commenting on manuscripts at Pop-Up Submissions. Writers often make the mistake of including it right at the beginning, bringing the narrative to a standstill. But once you learn some tricksy, back story is ..read more
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