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How to get a book deal

Matthew Smith, MD of Urbane Publications, has had more than 25 years’ experience in the publishing industry. Here, he offers some down-to-earth advice for writers hoping to net a deal. • Just because you’ve written it, it doesn’t mean it’ll be read – not even by your friends and family. Be prepared for that! •…

Litfest call for submissions: Penzance Literary Festival

Writers are invited to send ideas for interviews, panels, writing workshops and more Penzance Literary Festival will take place between 6 and 9 July, with contributors inclduing Rachel Joyce and Julie Myerson. The theme of this year’s festival is ‘going underground’. Writers are asked to interpret this creatively and suggest ideas for author sessions and…


Terry Pratchett interviewed

‘Go on then, you tell me, smart boy.’ His face twinkles with mischief. ‘Describe the typical Terry Pratchett reader to me.’ But there isn’t one. Sir Terry’s books might be shelved into not one but two publishing niches, fantasy and humour, but his readers certainly aren’t. You don’t get the UK’s third fastest selling novel…

Early access to October’s Competition Special Writing Magazine for digital readers

On newsstands next week but available NOW in our digital edition, the new issue of Writing Magazine is our Competitions Special, with details of over 200 competitions to enter, offering nearly £440,000 in prize money. Also in this 144-page bumper package: • How to improve your chances, and your technique, in writing competitions • Break…