Book review: Mixed Emotions – an Oxfordshire Affair

Book review: Mixed Emotions - an Oxfordshire AffairNovel writing experts often say your protagonist in a story should be a likeable character. However most of the way through this entertaining book I wanted to grab the beguiling young Susie Rowlands right out from the page and slap her for being such a spoilt, featherbrained little bitch.

She is the classic Trust Fund babe who messes up in almost everything she does, but because she is pretty, appealing and knows how to flutter her eyelashes, gets away with quite a lot … until she pushes her indulgent parents one step too far. Then she gets the lessons she needs to learn, none of which she bargained for. [Read more…]

Book review: an intriguing cruise with Slippers In The Oven

HTWB SlippersIf you’re someone who doesn’t have a sense of humor about ocean cruises, don’t read “Slippers In The Oven” by Roberta Aarons.

It’s a vicious yet hysterically funny pastiche about the modern holiday/vacation cruise business and the passengers it attracts.

But, the main arterial element of the book is a disturbing and heart-rending story of two estranged sisters trying to find a workable relationship after a lifetime of rivalry and misunderstanding, who decide they might achieve this on an ocean cruise which is territorially and emotionally neutral. [Read more…]

Writing a novel? For NaNoWriMo? Here’s how to bring yours alive – just in time!

How To Write Fiction Without The FussRemember how much we enjoyed Lucy McCarraher’s amazing series of tutorials called “How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss,” here on HTWB earlier this year?

Here’s some even better news… [Read more…]

How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss: submitting your manuscript successfully

 

Welcome to Part Thirty of this popular series. In this final part* of the series, novelist and publisher Lucy McCarraher shows you how to submit your manuscript to a publisher or literary agent in the best possible, professional way, so – with luck – it will skip over the “slush pile” straight into the hands of an interested party. (*Don’t worry, by the way – Lucy is back in September with some really exciting new series – see below.)
How to write fiction without the fuss
Your story is the best you can make it; your manuscript is clean and professional; it’s time to send your baby into the big, wide world to seek its fortune. [Read more…]

How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss: formatting that could make or break your manuscript

 

Welcome to Part Twenty-Nine of this popular series. This week, novelist and publisher Lucy McCarraher shows you how to format your manuscript ready for submission to agents, publishers, et al. You may not think this deserves to be important, but it is – because it shows your professionalism and how serious you are about getting published.
How to write fiction without the fuss

Formatting your manuscript [Read more…]

How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss: editing – chop until you drop?

 

Welcome to Part Twenty-Eight of this popular series. This week, novelist and publisher Lucy McCarraher shows you how to edit your story – often thought to be the most important part of the fiction writing process.
How to write fiction without the fuss

“Editing is like pruning the rose bush you thought was so perfect and beautiful until it overgrew the garden.”
Larry Enright [Read more…]

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