Finish your story. First drafts can be defeating, but you need to hang in through the slog. Keep writing and pushing through until you can write 'The End'.
A lover of storytelling from a young age author Amy Trueblood fell in love with the world of publishing and writing after reading an advanced reading copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Now working on her second YA novel, we caught up with Amy to chat about her publishing journey and the joy of finding untold stories in history.
Even if you’re lucky enough to be published by a large imprint, you’ll have to do some self-promoting. Gone are the days of being able to hide and only pop out when you have a new book. You have to keep people constantly aware of your existence.
Multi-genre author and screenwriter M Pepper Langlinais always loved making up stories as a child. Now with a long list of varied writing projects, she chats to us about her beginnings as a scriptwriter, trial and error book marketing and the dangers of writing advice overload.
The writer’s life is one of constant adventure. There will always be a need for great stories, so finish writing yours!
‘After the publication of my debut novel, The Truth About Awiti, I had nightmares that the wrong file was uploaded. I also had nightmares that readers would receive books with blank pages. I can laugh about it now but it was terrifying at the time.’ - Author CP Patrick on nailing your elevator pitch, nightmares post-publication and the difficulty of finding your audience.
'Rejection is a rite of passage. You're not a real writer until you have been rejected.'
With a recently released teen historical fiction novel under her belt author Abigail Shepherd talks about perseverance, home-schooling and drawing inspiration from her native Scottish Highlands.