Sue Bentley on writing fiction books: a famous author’s views

Thinking of writing a fiction book? Here are some cold, hard yet still heart-warming facts about a successful writer’s journey, by millions-selling children’s author Sue Bentley whom I met at a recent book fair, and who kindly has shared her experiences and advice in this article.

Writing books isn't easy by a famous author

Sue Bentley: If people like you and find you interesting, they will want to read your books

Here Sue tells it how it is, and was, so helping new authors get a realistic view of book writing – even from the top. Over to Sue…

Writing fiction books: not the fastest way to riches

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Halloween special: a whole horror story from this amazing new book

Wednesday is Halloween and if you are anywhere near west Northamptonshire (England) and want to share some spine-creeping stories in one of the spookiest locations you’ve ever seen the night before, on Oct 30th, read on. And if you’re thousands of miles away but love the horror genre, take a long hard look at this book. Details here.

The Second Corona Book of Horror StoriesTo give you a flavour of the event – and the anthology – here follows my own story contribution in its gory entirety. As if only to make things even more horrifying I will actually be at this event and will be reading the story to the audience…

Whatever you’re doing, have an utterly gruesome Halloween. Enjoy.

Upside Down

by Suzan St Maur

Silence.

Then a few creaking sounds.

Then some mooing. Eldred opened his eyes, but saw no cows. [Read more…]

Vanity publishing is dead. Crappy publishing isn’t.

30 years ago, there were only two ways to get your book published: one, by a trade publisher like Random House or Penguin and two, by a vanity publisher. Books in those days could only be produced in printed form and could only be sold in bookshops or, in the case of a vanity published book, by the author direct.

vanity publishing versus professional self publishing

It’s not hard to tell the difference between a professionally produced book, and a crappy one

Many people today believe that anything other than traditional trade publishing is vanity publishing.

But it’s not. Truthfully.

The internet and digital technology have turned the entire book publishing world upside down and opened up a number of new options not only in how to produce a book, but also in how and where to sell it. [Read more…]

Why writing a business book is very good for business

If you listen to cynics you’ll probably have heard that having written a published business book is just an “expensive business card,” which is, well, the cynical view. But say what you like: being a published author on your particular business, therapy or other passion raises you up in your readers’ – and customers’ – estimation. And not many business cards can achieve that.
writing a business book is good for business

Your business book puts you into an elite club

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How to insult nicely in writing, with business jargon…

Jargon and slang as metaphors are wonderful tools to use if you want to insult or express rage in a business context without swearing or ranting.

business jargon and slang to use when youre angry

MBWA: Management By Wandering Around, suggesting that managers simply walk around rather than do their jobs properly…

Here is a selection for you to keep handy, excerpted from my jolly little book English Business Jargon and Slang…  [Read more…]

How to write a simple nonfiction book plan

Does the thought of writing a nonfiction book scare you witless? It needn’t! With the right planning you can simplify the process so it becomes a series of manageable, do-able stages or layers if you like … rather than one mammoth and seemingly insurmountable project. (And this can even work for fiction, too.)

simple way to plan a book

Planning each chapter and section of your book is a little like pegging laundry out on a clothesline…

The beauty of devising and producing a plan of your own is that it’s tailored absolutely to your own needs. Another of its beauties is that you build it up slowly, step by step – this process always reminds me of hanging laundry out on a line: you keeping pegging clothes out in clusters until you have everything hung out neatly! (Well, I do, anyway, although these days I cheat and use a tumble dryer.)

So here’s how you start: [Read more…]

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