6 Questions To Help You Avoid Predatory Publishers

For many writers, publication can seem like the ultimate prize. Many anticipate the wondrous moment when a publisher will finally say “yes” – launching their careers and justifying years of hard labour. But the publishing industry, like all industries, does have a few predators, which budding writers would do best …

7 Must-Know Facts About Manuscript Appraisals

A manuscript appraisal provides a crucial buffer before submission, and enables not only the development of your manuscript but the development of yourself as a writer, helping you on your way as you work towards publication. But how can you tell if this service is right for you and your …

Poem of the Month, ‘My Head’ by TJ Wilkshire

This piece is part of our ongoing series 'Poem of the Month'. Every month, the Writer's Edit team selects their favourite submission and provides detailed feedback to the author. Stay tuned for an interview with TJ Wilkshire, discussing her inspirations and literary influences. My Head by TJ Wilkshire For Depression …

Growing A Business & Self-Publishing With Blaise van Hecke

The brainchild of writer Blaise van Hecke and her husband, photographer/illustrator Kev Howlett, Busybird Publishing is a unique blend: a traditional publisher that releases a handful of titles yearly; and a fee-for-service self-publisher which, to date, has not only helped over one hundred authors get their stories out into the …

Ultimate Guide: Structural Editing For Your Novel

If you're an author who has finished a manuscript, chances are, you may have seen the term 'structural edit' floating around. Perhaps you've even been told to have an editor look over your book for 'structural' issues. In this extensive guide, we'll take you through: what is a structural edit, …

Top 7 Tips For Researching Your Novel

Research is a given when writing non-fiction texts. Journalists and authors of non-fiction books are no strangers to researching a piece before they start writing – but what about fiction authors? If you're writing a novel and wondering whether you need to research it, the answer is generally yes. The same …

Does The Perfect ‘Writer’s Space’ Exist?

Have you ever wondered if the perfect writing environment exists? Ever thought about whether or not our writing environment affects the quality of our work? Are there common components that define the perfect place to write? In this feature, I ask four writers about where they conduct their business of writing: author, …