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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You’ve finished your first draft. Now what?

By Teika: What the first draft of your manuscript looks like will very much depend on the kind of writer you are and the progress you’ve made in your writing career. The more experienced a writer you are, the chances are that each new first draft will require far less editing and be much closer […]

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‘From Pipedream to Publication’ – some useful takeaways

By Teika: A short while back I had the pleasure of being involved in a panel-type discussion called ‘From Pipedream to Publication’ which was part of ‘Word Up!’ A Festival of Words (supported by Market Place), taking place in March, Cambridgeshire. The event was organized by Jane Levicki of Eyrie Press, and my fellow panelists […]

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When to approach an agent or publisher

By Teika: So you’re in the thick of writing your novel, and you’ve just hit 50K words. You pretty much know how it’s going to play out and what (roughly) has to happen between now and those final words. THE END is so very nearly in sight. You reward yourself with a quick flick through […]

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What exactly do publishers do?

By Teika: Since the advent of the digital age and self-publishing as we now know it, there’s been a backlash against traditional publishers and their position as “literary gatekeepers”. Indeed, many early exponents of self-publishing predicted the toppling of the dinosaur-like “big” publishing houses as the gates were flung open by the likes of Amazon’s […]

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How to decide which publishing option is right for you

By Teika: Generally, choice is a good thing. Having plenty of choice feels exciting. It IS exciting. But it can also feel daunting, and confusing, particularly if you don’t consider yourself to be a great decision-maker. And once you start making choices you inevitably close doors. You may feel as though you’re missing out. Or […]

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Choices, choices, choices! Your publishing options.

By Teika: I love to discuss publishing with writers (with anyone who’ll listen, in fact!) and something that I’ve seen over and over is the idea that there are two main routes to getting a book published: 1. Acquiring an agent and getting a traditional publishing deal with one of the ‘Big 5’ publishers (and […]

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