The 500 Word Writing Buddy: 35 Inner Secrets for the New Writer

WWWBcover2New updated version –  ten additional articles, including a completely new section on genres

Burning to write your novel? And publish it? But don’t know where to start?

This book will reveal how to:

  • structure your book
  • develop your characters
  • introduce conflict
  • weave setting and plot together
  • edit and prepare your manuscript for publication

You’ll learn about:

  • mainstream and self-publishing
  • genres
  • marketing and selling your book

And about living the writer’s life:

  • why you write
  • your writing place
  • interacting with other writers
  • the write/life balance

Sarah Berry, editor, The Deux-Sèvres Monthly says:
The Deux-Sèvres Monthly logo“Alison’s passion and zest for writing shine through in every article she produces and this has certainly helped guide our readers to begin, or continue, their writing whether an article, short story or that ‘dream novel’.”

Why this book?
Over three ago, Alison approached Sarah and offered a column on writing and publishing. As Cicero said, everybody seemed to be writing a book; our quiet corner of France was an ideal place to do just that. Alison wanted to pass on the things she’d been learning since becoming a full-time writer in 2009.

Each column was around 500 words – hence the title of this book. Alison says, ‘I’ve been delighted by the reaction; writers come and chat to me at events, send me emails and sometimes their writing. There is nothing like getting together with other ‘scribblers’. But over the past year or so I’ve been asked for copies of previous articles; readers had mislaid or given away their copy of ‘The Deux-Sèvres Monthly’ (or had it pinched!). I’ve now expanded the  25 original articles into 35 to include a new section on genres and new articles on editing, feedback and pricing.’

Available now as an ebook on Amazon, €3.20/£2.99

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Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers –  INCEPTIO,  PERFIDITAS,  SUCCESSIO,  AURELIA,  INSURRECTIO  and RETALIO.  CARINA, a novella, is available now.  Audiobooks are available for the first four of the series.

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