So, assuming you have written your brilliant new and contemporary script, what’s the plan? As the resident dramaturg of a theatre company that only produces new work, I get this question a lot —how can I get my new script to the attention of a theatre company? Like any new business proposal, it’s about strategy….

When the good folk at QWC heard I was an old hand at school talks, they suggested I write ten tips for authors on the best way to plan and deliver one. However, my school experiences back in Scotland were certainly not normal ones. I tended to get sent to the roughest areas with the…

Imagine this: your first book hits the bookshelves next month. Your publicist has organised a flurry of promotional activities—an interview on ABC radio, some author talks at neighbourhood libraries, maybe even a panel spot at an upcoming writers’ festival. Then you glance at your calendar and feel a rising sense of panic. Truth is, you’re…

Anything done well looks easy. This includes author portraits. You’ve no doubt seen ones you like and while they might appear easy to replicate, looks can be deceiving. How many times have you wondered why your cake looks different to the one in the cookbook? I’ve taken many portraits during my 25+ year career as…

Friends who had lived in the Far North once told me, ‘when you live there and then leave again, your heart never really leaves the place.’ That’s just what I found when working on a collection of poetry, Magic Fish Dreaming. What I didn’t realise was that this collection was going to be especially for children…

“Networking” isn’t a dirty word. Unfortunately, sometimes it feels dirty. Some writers will tell you that the entire idea of networking dilutes or sullies your art − that you should get back to starving in your garret, producing a masterpiece that people will magically know about when it’s done. The word has most certainly received…

Many authors dream of becoming that mythical creature: the full-time writer, a person who is able to support themselves by doing nothing other than turning words into books. But I wonder whether such a thing as a full-time writer actually exists? Are there any writers out there who only write books? Even ridiculously famous and…

Attentiveness ‘Attentiveness is the natural prayer of the soul’. This line, beloved by writers from Paul Celan to Simone Weil, was written in the fifteenth century by philosopher, Nicolas Malebranche. Scrolling screens, clicks and likes and the delicious slivers and flakes of fast world information can make it hard to pay a book attention. Attentive…

The motto for a writers festival is ‘be prepared’. Have your book’s one-line pitch ready, be organised, know your Twitter handle, have business cards and ‘get amongst it’. But what happens if you spend big on hot tickets, splash out on a hotel room and buy new shoes and it all goes wrong? Here’s my…

REMEMBER the last time you threw a book across the room or wanted to sing its praises from the rooftops? Being a writer yourself, you were only too aware of its flaws or virtues. The best reviewers, as it happens, are often practising writers, so perhaps you should consider giving it a try. You love…

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