Critiquing For Other Writers

Check out this great post from Rachel Poli on the challenges of critiquing another writer’s work.

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Editing is hard. It’s even harder when you don’t know how to edit or what to look for when editing.

It’s especially even harder still when you’re editing someone else’s work. And when you believe that someone is a better writer than you? Well, how can you edit their work confidently?

Critiquing For Other Writers

I’ve talked about editing all month long with various tips and tricks and advice on editing. This post isn’t going to be like that. Instead, it’s going to be more like a “pep talk,” if you will.

Yesterday I talked about why I think it’s important for writers to be part of some sort of writing or critique group. I’ve had my group for over two years now. People have come and gone in the group, but it’s still going strong and I hope to have my group for many, many years.

Yet, each month I take a look…

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The Toy Breaker by Roy Chester

Check out the book, The Toy Breaker, by Roy Chester, as featured on the By The Letter Book Reviews blog


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Dr Hannah Nightingale faces a race against time to stop the evil serial killer known as the Toybreaker

Someone is snatching small children from their beds in the middle of the night. They leave a sinister calling card behind: a broken handmade puppet on the child’s pillow. The press nickname the kidnapper the Toybreaker. In a desperate move, Superintendent David Mallory calls in criminal profiler Dr Hannah Nightingale to help with an investigation that is going nowhere.

More children disappear and the city of Garton is on the edge of panic. A very dark mind is at work, but why does the Toybreaker suddenly change his method, adding a lock of hair to the crime scene. When a prime suspect escapes, the police appear to have reached another dead end. Will the Toybreaker be stopped before more families are destroyed?

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#BlogTour. #Review – The Elephant of Frimley by Nicholas Rawls. @AuthorightUKPR

#BlogTour. #Review – The Elephant of Frimley by Nicholas Rawls. @AuthorightUKPR

Check out the book, The Elephant of Frimley, by Nicholas Rawls, as reviewed on The Writing Garnet blog.

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The Elephant of Frimley Cover

Two sisters and an elephant embark on an exciting adventure in this charming illustrated children’s book.

After the discovery of an elephant in their back garden, sisters Hannah and Emily make it their adventurous mission to return it back home. 

Originally written as a bedtime story for his two daughters, and beautifully illustrated by Louise Jewell, The Elephant of Frimley is a delightful and fun read that parents, primary school teachers and extended families will enjoy sharing with young children.

What does TWG think?

As soon as my three-year old daughter saw the front cover, she asked me a question; ‘Mumma, was is the elephant sad? Its eyes are dripping near the baby bit of her eye, why she crying?’.

Before I was able to answer her questions, I flicked through the book myself and tried to see if the story gave me any clue. Personally, it didn’t. The illustrations were…

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#BookReview: Making Space by @SarahTierney @sandstonepress #MakingSpace

#BookReview: Making Space by @SarahTierney @sandstonepress #MakingSpace

Check out the book, Making Space, by Sarah Tierney, as featured on the Rather Too Fond of Books blog



About the Book

Why do we hold onto things we don’t need? And let go of the things we do? Miriam is twenty-nine: temping, living with a flatmate who is no longer a friend, and still trying to find her place in life. She falls in love with Erik after he employs her to clear out his paper-packed home. They are worlds apart: he is forty-five, a successful photographer and artist and an obsessive hoarder still haunted by the end of his marriage. Miriam has an unsuccessful love life and has just got rid of most of her belongings. Somehow, they must find a way to reach each other.

My Thoughts

I was thrilled when I was offered a copy of Making Space to review because it sounded like exactly my type of book. Regular readers of my blog will know I love books, both fiction and non-fiction, about dealing…

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I Know My Name by CJ Cooke #giveaway @fictionpubteam

Check out this giveaway of the book, I Know My Name, by C.J. Cooke, from this post on the Portobello Book Blog

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I have a fantastic giveaway for you to enter today courtesy of Harper Collins Publishers. They have very generously offered me three proof copies of psychological suspense novel I Know My Nameby CJ Cooke to giveaway. Although it is available in e-book format just now, it won’t be published in paperback until 15th June so this is your chance to get your hands on a physical copy early. To enter, click the Rafflecopter link below and follow the instructions. It’s UK only (sorry to my overseas followers, it’s because of the postage costs!) and you can enter up to midnight on Friday 26th May. I’ll contact the winner within 24 hours and your prize will be sent directly from the publisher.

Click here to enter the giveaway

Here’s what the book is about:

Komméno Island, Greece: I don’t know where I am, who I am. Help me.

A woman…

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6 Basic Tech Skills Every Author Must Learn

6 Basic Tech Skills Every Author Must Learn

How To Ebook

Tech skills for authorsThese six tech skills are as essential to today’s authors as hammers and saws are to carpenters. Please don’t waste your time and money learning these on a highly paid consultant’s dime when you could be working on a much higher level. Learn these tools now, before you hit that mad rush to publish. You’ll thank me for it later!

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Guest post: Interview with Gary M Sherwin

Check out this interview with author Gary M. Sherwin as featured on The Eternal Scribbler blog

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This week’s guest poster is the wonderful Gary M Sherwin who has given his time to answer my interview questions!

image1Interview with Gary M Sherwin

Q01 – Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Firstly let say thank you for asking me to do this interview.

To answer your question, yes. Its been with me since childhood and in fact I penned my first short story whilst I was at school. It’s only been in later life that I have taken that plunge into the writing world and written my first book.

Q02 – What was the best piece of advice you received/read when you were starting out?

Don’t edit! When I started writing I had the annoying habit of trying to edit my work as I went along but as you can imagine this slows down the writing process considerably. Now I just write and edit later.

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