Lydia Massiah – #WriteMentor Success Stories

https://twitter.com/lydia_massiah/status/1041712366784790528 Interview by K.C. Karr The best part of being a #WriteMentor is seeing authors make their dreams come true. We’re thrilled to share the success story of author Lydia Massiah and her mentor Kathryn Clark....

Michael Lunsford – #WriteMentor Success Stories

https://twitter.com/LunsfordMichael/status/1049422400385765376 Michael Lunsford recently took part in our #WriteMentor programme and has now gone onto sign with a literary agent for his story, DEREK HYDE KNOWS SPOOKY WHEN HE SEES IT. Congratulations on your recent...

AJ Sass – #WriteMentor Success Stories

https://twitter.com/matokah/status/1053703050429222912 AJ, what about Caroline’s bio convinced you to sub to her? So many things. Caroline is a writer of an award-winning contemporary Middle Grade manuscript, for one. Since my #WriteMentor submission was my first...

Tammy Oja – #WriteMentor Success Stories

https://twitter.com/tammy_oja/status/1054837239312773125 Tammy, what about Candace’s bio convinced you to sub to her? Everything. Candace (@Literarydust) is dynamic, outgoing, and kind. She’s got great editing game and her writing style is quick pacing and a great...

Jenni Spangler – #WriteMentor Success Stories

https://twitter.com/JenniSpangler1/status/1043218683655593986 Jenni, what about Lindsay’s bio convinced you to sub to her? Lindsay’s description of her own experience and what she hoped to find in a mentor made me think we’d work really well together. Her book hadn’t...

Amy McCaw – #WriteMentor Success Stories

https://twitter.com/YAundermyskin/status/1056969023039201281 Amy, what about Marisa’s bio convinced you to sub to her? Marisa’s bio immediately made me think that we would work well together. She has a lot of writing experience and has spent time and effort developing...

Katie Bono – #WriteMentor Success Stories

https://twitter.com/lilk8tob/status/1067441687788732416 Katie, what about KC’s bio convinced you to sub to her? KC mentioned in her bio that she was good at tough love, which is exactly what I needed. I was desperate for someone to tell me how to fix my manuscript,...

Haleigh Wenger – #WriteMentor Success Stories

https://twitter.com/haleighwenger/status/1086305165811036160 Interview by KC Karr Haleigh, what about Brandy’s bio convinced you to sub to her? Brandy writes YA contemporary romance and so do I, so right away I knew we’d be compatible. What really got me excited,...

#WriteMentor Success Stories – Jenny Pearson

Interviewed by K.C. Karr Jenny, what about Carolyn’s bio convinced you to sub to her? Carolyn was a ninja, so I couldn’t sub to her. She had to pick me, and I am very pleased she did. Carolyn, what made you fall in love with Daniel Strange and the Prime Minister’s...

Hannah Kates – #WriteMentor Success Stories

https://twitter.com/HannahKates1/status/1080917574731223040 Interview by KC Karr Congratulations on signing with your agent! Hannah, what about Marisa’s bio convinced you to sub to her? Thank you for the kind wishes! At the time I submitted to #WM, I had just lost my...

#WriteMentor Success Stories – AJ Vanderhorst

We welcome 2018 mentee, AJ Vanderhorst, to chat about his #WriteMentor experience and his recent, great news. Tell us a little about you and your writing journey to date. I’m a middle-aged, moderately exhausted dad, and I’ve been seriously trying to write fiction...

How to keep writing when you have mental ill health – 6 Practical Tips by Kathryn Clark

Alongside therapy, medication, and exercise, many people find writing can help to manage their mental health. But there’s a catch: How do you write when depression means just getting out of bed is too hard? Or OCD has you stuck in a loop of some tedious behaviour? Or...

DO IT THE WRITE WAY By Emma Finlayson-Palmer

In this blog I’ll be discussing some of the benefits of creative writing for your mental health and alleviating stress. Writing and being creative has provided an outlet for many people across the ages. Creative writing can be a journey of self-discovery and a release...

Marisa Noelle – The Shadowkeepers book birthday!

Today sees the release of the debut by Marisa Noelle, one of our most loyal and dedicated mentors. Her mentees cannot speak more highly of her, for the encouragement, guidance, and cheer leading she provides and she is without a doubt, the most productive writer I...

The Road to Publication by Emma Smith-Barton

“I’ve got an agent! What now?” Before I got my publishing deal, my focus was always on getting an agent. That was the goal, the dream, and I didn’t really think of much beyond that. Back then, in my mind, getting an agent meant getting a publishing deal. But now I...

Kathryn Lougheed – #WriteMentor Success Stories

We welcome WriteMentor Children's Novel Award runner-up, Kathryn Lougheed, to discuss her writing, her experience of the competition and what comes next.   Tell us a little about you and your writing journey to date.   I started writing over ten years ago when I...

#WriteMentor Success Stories

I feel unbelievably lucky to have been selected for #writementor. It is incredible how much a supportive network and a dedicated mentor can do for your writing. #writementor not only gave me the tools and the determination to improve my manuscript, but also an insight...

Louie Stowell’s 10 best tips for writers

1) Be prepared for the long haul. It MAY be quick for you, and that's great. But it may take 20 years (I wrote my first "drawer novel" in 2001 just after leaving uni!) 2) Find people you can moan to. I had a submission buddy and when we were both sending out to...

Say Something: Telling Your Story Through Dialogue by M. Dalto

  Fiction needs dialogue.   Dialogue should be seen as a tool to help propel the plot forward, not something to be feared or avoided. It allows your characters to interact and grow with each other as well as themselves and can also assist in building the world your...

Interview with #WMCNA 2020 judge Alice Williams

Can you tell us a little more about you and your agency?  Of course! I set up my specialist children’s book agency last summer, having represented children’s writers and illustrators at David Higham Associates for over ten years. I’ve currently got about 25...