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January 2016 Themed Flash Competition Results

February 19, 2016
Thanks to everyone that entered the first new themed competition for January. I really enjoyed reading all of the entries and the quality of writing was excellent.  I’m delighted to announce the first winners of the year are… I loved how this story just jumped and crackled off the

First Chapter Comp Results

February 18, 2016
The wait is over for all of those writers whose chapters went to literary agent, Susan Armstrong, to read. She’s given feedback on all of the chapters, as well as choosing a winner and two runners-up. Congratulations to everyone! And huge thanks to Susan for being the judge this time around.

Year of Indie Debuts: Freefall Into Us

February 2, 2016
Today’s indie debuts star is Tess Rosa, a fellow Urbane author whose collection of poetry and short stories is a truly lovely thing. I’m delighted to have her along to find out more about her and her writing. Warning – if swearing offends you then stop reading now! You can win a

Urbane and the Winners

January 22, 2016
You may have noticed that I’ve been very excited about Urbane Publications since signing with them. And it’s not just because they’re publishing my book! I’ve read several of the novels that have been published by them so far, some of which you can find out more about in the

Jenny Savill on impressive submissions

January 18, 2016
Welcome to Jenny Savill today. She’s a senior literary agent at Andrew Nurnburg Associates and the judge for the First Chapter Competition in June 2016. So I asked her some probing questions on how you can impress her with your submissions. Jenny, when you receive a 3 chapter submission what

Year of Indie Debuts: Jihadi

January 15, 2016
Today, I’m happy to welcome debut novelist, Yusuf Toropov, to the blog to talk about his thriller, Jihadi: A Love Story, that launched as an e-book on Christmas Eve and comes out in paperback shortly. It’s a challenging and gripping read that explores themes of love and whether what we