Q&A with writer Angela Readman

by Teika Achieving remarkable success in any one form of writing is challenging enough, but to be able to achieve that kind of success in a variety of forms really does take some doing. Today, I am delighted to be able to welcome Angela Readman to the blog, in order to get nosy about her […]

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Q&A with short story writer Amanda Huggins

By Teika As I was recently emailed a request for advice about the short story submission process and how to decide which path to take to publication, I thought it would be great to hear from some of the most talented short story writers I know. The multiple prize-winning writer Amanda Huggins was kind enough […]

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The problem with poetry

by Teika Poetry sales are booming – yes, no, maybe? Just the other day an article published in the Guardian brought the news that sales of poetry books in the UK were at an all  time high, having passed the £12M mark at the end of 2018. So, good news, then? Well, yes and no. […]

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Personality and professionalism

By Teika One of the best things about being behind a book stall at an event or convention is the conversations with fellow stallholders and interested browsers. At the start of December I was at the Nottingham Print & Publishing Fair and I had several fascinating discussions with people I’d never met before about publishing and […]

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Q&A with Jennifer Crispin of Dancing Star Press

By Teika: The wonderful Jennifer Crispin of indie press Dancing Star Press was recently kind enough to take our Q&A challenge. Many thanks to Jennifer for taking part!     1. Why publishing? Or, to put it another way – if, a decade ago, you were asked the question: ‘What do you see yourself doing […]

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How to impress a publisher

By Teika: Most writers are aware that, nowadays, building a following is part and parcel of the business of writing. But to what extent? After all, if cultivating a following detracts from time spent writing, then surely it’s simply time wasted? Well, yes and no. You see, like many a small press publisher I have […]

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Eight low-cost ways to improve your editing skills

By Teika: As I wrote in an earlier post, hiring a professional to edit your book can really improve your manuscript and make it shine. However, money can often be an issue, and although there are various schemes to help out writers, they’re not right for everyone. Also, what about the writer who likes DIY? […]

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Q&A with Sara-Jayne Slack of Inspired Quill

By Teika: The inspiring Sara-Jayne Slack of indie press Inspired Quill was recently kind enough to take our Q&A challenge. Wisdom follows… Why publishing? Or, to put it another way – if, a decade ago, you were asked the question: ‘What do you see yourself doing in ten years’ time?’ would you have answered ‘managing […]

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Q&A with Jamie McGarry of Valley Press

By Teika: Here at the Book Stewards, we’re big fans of independent presses, and one of the indies we hold in very high esteem is Valley Press, run by the inspirational Jamie McGarry. Recently, Jamie was kind (and patient) enough to answer a load of our nosy questions, so we can all share his wisdom… […]

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