Tag: Writing tips

Writing goals for Autumn 2018

I love this time of year: back to school and work and a normal routine after the chaos of the summer holidays. And to keep myself from going crazy waiting to hear back from editors about The Tertiary Code, I've decided to set myself some writing goals for the Autumn. So, in the spirit of keeping busy, I commit to: Writing single day (even if it's only a little bit; even if it's crap) Getting up at 6am on weekdays so I can write for an hour before getting the kids up and getting ready for work Having 28 chapters of Book Two drafted by 18 November, and finishing a first draft by the end of January 2019 Not drinking during the week so I'm clear headed and focused for the early starts! Launching myself as a writing mentor and offering my submission assessment service to support emerging writers What are…

My #PitMad diary – a practical guide to pitching on Twitter

In early 2016, Authors Publish magazine were looking for a practical how-to article about #PitMad. There was an event on 17 March so I decided to give it a try. This article originally appeared in Authors Publish magazine in April 2016. Update: The book I pitched at #PitMad was Seal Skin. I'm very happy that this middle-grade adventure story is now being published by Mother's Milk Books (planned: 2018). My #PitMad Diary #PitMad is a quarterly Twitter pitch party coordinated by writer and social media guru Brenda Drake. There are several Twitter pitching events out there and they all have slightly different rules and entry requirements. Twitter provides the perfect platform for micro-pitches because of the 140 word character limit per tweet. At #PitMad authors are allowed up to 3 tweet-pitches per day. You are allowed to pitch more than one project, but it must be a finished manuscript which is edited,…