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Features, articles, and information to help you on your publishing journey

Choosing How to Print and Distribute Your Book

Choosing How to Print and Distribute Your Book
The difference between POD and Bulk Printing explained. Read more »

Printing and Publishing Glossary

Printing and Publishing Glossary
A list of commonly used terms to help you on your publishing journey. Read more »

Something to Shout About

Something to Shout About
Our guide to writing an impactful shout line. Read more »

Copyright Information for Authors

Copyright Information for Authors
A basic introduction to UK copyright law - not a replacement for qualified legal knowledge or advice, but a useful overview for self-publishing authors. Read more »

Want a Career in Publishing?

Want a Career in Publishing?
Job vacancies in publishing are few and far between, so just how DO you get started? Read more »

Behind the Scenes of Book Printing

Behind the Scenes of Book Printing
Publishing Assistant Emily Heming reports on her recent visit to Latimer Trend Ltd. Read more »

Our Drama of Life

Our Drama of Life
Author Thomas Saunders explores characters, writing, and the Tarot. Read more »

First Impressions...

First Impressions...
By SilverWood author Helen Hollick, formerly Managing Editor for the Historical Novel Society Indie Reviews and now Discovering Diamonds. Read more »

Exploring a Grey Area of Copyright

Exploring a Grey Area of Copyright
I read an article about a self-published 'author’ (debateable term) who had produced dozens of new books in one year. Someone got suspicious and looked into the details. It turned out... Read more »

The Burden of Proof: Why Proofreading Matters

The Burden of Proof: Why Proofreading Matters
Picture the scene: you’re flicking through a recipe book, looking for a quick and delicious dinner, and suddenly you come across a somewhat unsavoury ingredient:"salt and freshly ground black people"Oh dear!... Read more »

How to Write the Perfect Blurb

How to Write the Perfect Blurb
The age-old adage, ”don’t judge a book by its cover“, sadly, just isn’t true. Your book cover and crucially your blurb will help readers decide whether to purchase your book or leave it on the shelf. Read more »

A Rose by Any Other Name: Using a Pseudonym

A Rose by Any Other Name: Using a Pseudonym
Having a pseudonym can be useful for today’s writers, however this should be considered carefully before a decision is made. Read more »

Building an Audience for Talks & Events

Building an Audience for Talks & Events
SilverWood author Helen Barbour gives us an insight into how she approaches building an audience for her events and talks. Read more »

Book typography: (almost) everything you need to know

Book typography: (almost) everything you need to know
Find out more about typography and how your manuscript is made into an elegant, readable book. Read more »

Marketing Misconceptions: Real Life Assumptions Authors Should Avoid

Marketing Misconceptions: Real Life Assumptions Authors Should Avoid
Author and journalist Ken Elkes has combined his skills in writing, communications and knowledge of the media to offer expertise to authors. Read more »

Resources for Writers

Resources for Writers
A list of useful resources on writing books, ideal for aspiring authors. Read more »

Why publish your own work?

Why publish your own work?
There are as many different reasons to publish a book as there are writers - what's yours? Read more »

How to Find a High Quality Self-Publishing Company

How to Find a High Quality Self-Publishing Company
SilverWood author Jon Stenhugg explains the ways in which aspiring authors should go about finding the best publishing partner. Read more »

Self-Publishing: everything you need to know!

Self-Publishing: everything you need to know!
'The Naked Author: a guide to self-publishing' is publishing expert Alison Baverstock's indispensable handbook, published by Bloomsbury. Read more »

What Are You Signing Up To?

What Are You Signing Up To?
However you plan to produce your book, the chances are that you’ll work with other professionals at some stage in order to achieve your goals. So how do you choose the right people? Read more »

Make the Most of Promotional Tools

Make the Most of Promotional Tools
Adrian Churchward offers some helpful hints on raising your book's profile using promotional postcards. Read more »

Launches, Videos, Awards and Keeping Sane

Launches, Videos, Awards and Keeping Sane
Alison Morton tells us how to plan, prioritise and pace yourself when promoting your books. Read more »

Crowd-Funding Your Book

Crowd-Funding Your Book
Are you considering crowd-funding your next publishing project? 'Iceland, Defrosted' author Ed Hancox shares information and tips here... Read more »

Is There a Diamond in You?

Is There a Diamond in You?
Bestselling historical novelist Helen Hollick, recently dubbed 'Queen of the Hybrids' for her mainstream and indie status in the USA and UK, talks about her helpful writing advice book. Read more »

The Principles of Great Book Cover Design

The Principles of Great Book Cover Design
The average reader makes a judgement on a book in just 8 seconds, so effective cover design is a vital ingredient in your publishing success. Read more »

Tips for a Successful Book Launch

Tips for a Successful Book Launch
Congratulations, your book is published! Now, it is time to celebrate your accomplishments and launch your book. Read more »

Finding your Audience

Finding your Audience
Lucienne Boyce explores how authors can find an audience, and build a readership for their book. Read more »

Introduction to Twitter

Introduction to Twitter
Twitter is a great way to meet fellow writers and potential readers, to develop relationships, and also to subtly raise your author profile. Read more »

Get into Goodreads!

Get into Goodreads!
SilverWood author David Ebsworth shares his tips on how to get the most out of the bookworm’s networking site Goodreads. Read more »

How to Have a Successful Book Signing

How to Have a Successful Book Signing
Once you’ve approached bookshops and have a signing planned, what steps do you need to take to make the event a success...? Read more »

Author Branding

Author Branding
What does 'author branding’ mean?To 'brand’ something means to define its particular assets in order to form a unique and memorable image or impression. As an author, branding yourself means selecting... Read more »

Planning a second book?

Planning a second book?
Your first book is selling online and in shops, and the sales figures are growing steadily. Time to write the next one! Read more »

Taking Creative Writing Workshops into Schools

Taking Creative Writing Workshops into Schools
Historical novelist Michael Wills on running Creative Writing workshops in schools... Read more »

Indexing Your Book

Indexing Your Book
Have you considered having an index in your non-fiction book? An index helps the reader to retrieve information from your text quickly and efficiently, saving time and ensuring a more useful... Read more »

Research and historical fiction - blending the facts

Research and historical fiction - blending the facts
How do you blend the history with your story? There are no hard and fast rules, but asking yourself a few questions might help you tackle the challenge of seamlessly merging story and history. Read more »

Carolyn Lewis's Top 10 Tips for Writers

Carolyn Lewis's Top 10 Tips for Writers
Carolyn Lewis (creative writing tutor, award-winning short story writer, and author of 'The Novel: A Perfect Recipe' and 'The Short Story') gives her top ten tips for polishing your work to perfection... Read more »