All Posts by Scott Mullins

The benefits of author lectures and book signings

Writing, editing and getting a book published is a battle within itself, but what happens after that? Whether you go down the traditional publishing route or self-publish, the promotion of a book these days is widely left to the author. Events such as book signings and author lectures are seen as a great way to put […]

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Author interview with Stavros Halvatzis

Author Interview Stavros Halvatzis

Stavros Halvatzis, introduce yourself, your books and your writing style to our readers I’m a writer and teacher who is passionate about stories – novels, screenplays, you name it. If the story is good, I’m all over it. I’ve taught and studied writing while living in various countries, including South Africa, Greece, England, and of […]

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Author interview with Anne Leigh Parrish

I’m Anne Leigh Parrish, and I live in Seattle. I write literary fiction. For years, I wrote short stories, and brought out two story collections,  (Press 53, 2011) and  – a linked collection (She Writes Press, 2013). Last October my debut novel,  was published by She Writes Press. In terms of style, I’ve been working […]

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Author interview with Greg Barron

My name is Greg Barron, I’ve got three novels and a short story out with HarperCollins. All my published works are international thrillers based on recent events. I’m an ordinary guy in my forties who likes to travel and find out about things. I’m a news junkie and enjoy outdoor pursuits such as boating and […]

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Why a quality book cover design is so important

Guest post by Ida Jansson, Amygdala Design Why should you invest in a professionally designed book cover? I love to read, and I’m constantly on the lookout for new and exciting books – particularly those in the dystopian genre! And I find it particularly satisfying to discover books by high quality self-publishing authors. But how do I […]

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Author Interviews: Joshua Isard and Conquistador of the Useless

Joshua Isard introduce yourself to our readers I’m originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, and despite three attempts to leave, that is where I’ve settled. I’m a novelist, short story writer, and professor. My first novel, , was published in 2013 by Cinco Puntos Press, and I’ve had short work in journals such as StoryChord, […]

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Author interview with Roger Smith

Roger Smith Author Interviews

Roger Smith’s thrillers , Sacrifices, Capture, Dust Devils, Wake Up Dead, & are published in eight languages and two are in development as movies. He also writes horror under the alias Max Wilde. When did you first start writing and how did you go about starting your first novel? I wrote my first (very short) crime novel […]

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Author Interview with Bea Davenport

Bea Davenport is a former newspaper and broadcast journalist – she started off working for a freelance agency then moved on to local newspapers. She then spent 17 years with BBC North, covering Northumberland, which was a brilliant job. Now, she teaches creative writing to pay the bills. She lives in Berwick-upon-Tweed, the last town […]

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Pitching your manuscript – 5 Things you need to know

5 Things you need to know about pitching your manuscript

You’ve managed to finally finish your story. Over months, even years, you’ve poured your heart and soul into it. Foregone normal human interaction in favour to that of your characters. Edited, rewritten and edited some more. Now you’ve decided to submit your pride and joy to a publisher or agent. But how do you get […]

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Author Interview with Robyn Roze

Robyn Roze Author Interviews

Robyn Roze lives amongst the cornfields of the Midwest and telecommutes as an accountant. Her passion is writing romantic women’s fiction with enough steam to fog a kindle screen. Her latest book  is a romantic novel filled with suspense and thriller elements. Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about your books? I write […]

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Author interview with Jo Gatford

Jo Gatford is a writer from Brighton. Her novel was published by Legend Press and the winner of the 2013 Luke Bitmead Bursary. It was also longlisted for the 2013 Tibor Jones Pageturner Prize. Jo has worked a myriad of jobs at one time or another including a till-monkey in a bookshop, a circus performer, baby massage teacher […]

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Author interview with Annelise Freisenbruch

Born in Bermuda in 1977, Annelise moved to the UK when she was eight. She studied Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, receiving her PhD in 2004. She released her first non-fiction book in 2010. is her debut novel. Annelise sat down with us to talk about her writing process. Have you always wanted to be a writer? […]

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Author Interviews: Ruth Humphreys and Magic Carpet

Ruth Humphreys, children’s writer and storyteller. How did you get into storytelling? I trained as a librarian and from being a librarian you automatically have to do story telling. You don’t have to, but it kind of comes with the territory. Being a children’s librarian, it’s all about telling stories and getting children down to […]

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Building dialogue

Guest post by Laurence Kennedy, Director at Convergences The other day, someone reminded me how Garcia Marquez would settle down in bed to talk with newly imagined characters, rejecting any he couldn’t get along with.  For Elmore Leonard, changing a taciturn character’s name could make him into a chatterbox. Most writers want to establish dialogue with […]

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3 Things to bear in mind when using independent publishing services

Guest post written by Sarah Scotcher, Director of Rowanvale Books 1. Expectations Some writers just want to see their work in print (or on e-reader), and have no intentions beyond that, while others see writing as their future career. It is important to consider what you want out of the process, and to ensure that your expectations […]

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Writing and motivation

It’s been a while since my last post, partly because I’ve been sick, but mostly because I’ve been lazy and putting it off. I’m one of those writers that’s easily distracted. I sit down to write and decided to check out Facebook for a second and after an hour of stalking friends’ profiles and watching […]

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