• The challenges of creating a first novel

    August 5, 2016 Blog

    We met Michelle properly on July 15th 2015, when she attended the book launch of our first paperback, The Moors. That this is where we met is a testament to Michelle’s tenacity as she is forever attending events about publishing to learn more about the industry. Also, she’s so personable when dealing with fellow authors that it’s no surprise her guest blogs are growing in both quality and quantity, and we’re delighted to have Michelle …

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  • Author Elana A. Mugdan gets ready to fly to London

    Bags packed and ready to launch

    July 13, 2016 Blog, Interviews

    Whilst the writer of Dragon Speaker sat at JFK airport waiting to embark on the journey that would eventually bring her to Barnstaple, we squeezed in on last interview.

    So you’re sat at the airport ready for your flight to England. Is it finally sinking in that your first novel is about to be released? How do you feel?

    Right now I think I’m somewhat in shock. The past few days I’ve been working at my day …

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  • How to structure your story

    May 12, 2016 Blog

    Whilst making my annual jaunt to the London Book Fair this year, I met a writer who told me that once he has started a project, new ideas become completely unwelcome to him. In fact, to try and stop new thoughts interrupting his flow, he would completely shut himself away, creating a tunnel vision effect that allowed him to reach the finish line without distraction.

    Although I get the sentiment, this is in many ways the …

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  • Business as usual at Pen Works Media

    When do pseudonyms become deceitful?

    February 29, 2016 Blog

    I found it quite interesting to recently learn that James Patterson doesn’t actually write all his own books, and the discovery led me to wonder how his fans actually felt about it.

    In a recent blog, I highlighted a number of reasons why a writer may wish to use a pseudonym, but to optimise financial gain by allowing multiple authors to write under one umbrella wasn’t one of them, so I thought I’d try and add …

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  • Pseudonym author

    What use is a pseudonym name to a writer?

    February 14, 2016 Blog

    If you know me, or read my blog, you’ll be fully aware of how passionately I believe in character development and story structure. I feel they are both integral to the creation of a great story, and it can take a lot of time and effort to write a book or a screenplay in what I consider to be the right way.

    If you agree with me and you’ve spent months or years of your life …

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  • How House of Cards can improve your writing in 2016!

    February 13, 2016 Blog

    Now that we’re in 2016, there will be an awful lot of writers walking around with a spring in their step, believing this will finally be their year. While I applaud the enthusiasm, I am also fully aware of how many writers I’ll meet over the next year that will feel the industry hasn’t given them a fair shot.

    Nobody is more sympathetic to this view than me. I have honestly felt ready to “make it” …

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  • 7 steps to writing a great scene

    September 2, 2015 Blog

    Whether you’re writing books, plays, musicals or screenplays, it’s vital that you master the fundamentals of a scene. I mean, that does without saying, right? After all, your work is essentially a long list of scenes, so if your individual scenes have something missing, how will your finished product be any different?

    There’s one small problem. Writing a noteworthy scene is incredibly difficult. If you pull someone off the street and ask them to write a …

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  • 5 steps to writing a great villain

    August 24, 2015 Blog

    A couple of notes before you read this article:

    *I’ve referred only to films and not books in this blog because I feel it’s easier to make an example of characters whose arcs take shape over just 90-pages.

    *In the off-chance you haven’t yet seen some of these films, there are potential spoilers for The Rock, Rocky IV, Star Wars, Warrior, The Impossible, The Dark Night, 8mm, Unbreakable and X-Men.

    Now, let’s begin.

    To be truly absorbed in a story, we need …

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