Get that dark horror story of yours into the light … by May 31st!

Do you love to write dark horror stories – that haven’t seen the light of day yet? Here’s an invitation to submit your most bone-chilling horror short story to the next anthology from Corona Books … from the publisher himself, our special guest writer today, Lewis Williams. (NB: unlike with many such invitations, you don’t have to pay to submit whether your story gets selected or not. But hurry: deadline is just one week away. Sz.) Here’s Lewis…

Get that dark horror story of yours into the light ... by May 31st!

Have you got a brilliant horror story lurking in the dark … and want to get it into the light at long last?

I’ve always liked horror stories

I guess for the same reasons others do: for the intensity of emotion they can engender whilst at the same time you can be safe in the knowledge it’s only a story and isn’t real; for the shock and surprises and twists; for the way they can affect you viscerally as well as intellectually, making you think about some aspect of life or of behaviour in a new way. [Continue reading]

Book cover design: key tips to make yours work

Great news! You’ve written a book – your first book perhaps? – and if you’re self or hybrid publishing (as many people do now) you need to commission a cover design that will do your superb words the justice they deserve.

Book cover design: key tips to make yours work

My own design for an eBook – hardly art, but it ticks all the boxes for nonfiction

Not surprisingly, what your book cover design needs to take into consideration depends to a large extent on the following key issues… [Continue reading]

14 really clever puns, thanks to Ellen

14 really clever puns, thanks to Ellen

This week's #SundaySmile is a small but perfectly formed collection of clever puns, (or we should say, quality puns) as shared by my good friend Ellen of the excellent All About Quality company in southern England...Psssstt ... don't tell Ellen, but … [Continue reading]

Does your book’s title really need to be SEO friendly?

Does your book's title really need to be SEO friendly?

You're writing a book - or you've finished it - and now you're looking for the right title that's going to whack it up to the Number 1 spot on Amazon. Like every other kind of literature from a hard-boiled selling point of view, your book's … [Continue reading]

If you spam in English, FFS learn how to write it first

If you spam in English, FFS learn how to write it first

Do you spit fur and feathers when you get a spam-mail that insults your website's performance ... in bad, incorrect English? I do. I know I should just hit the delete key but these people's conceited belligerence brings out the Taurean beast in me, … [Continue reading]

25 written tips for wannabee pony owners…

written tips about owning a pony

With the summer holidays looming in the northern hemisphere a number of children (mainly little girls) will be winding parents up to get them a pony. For the benefit of uninitiated parents, I wrote this advice to help you understand what you might be … [Continue reading]

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