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March News at SilverWood

Published: 9 Apr 2020  - updated: 18 Jun 2020

What’s New in the Learning Zone?

Top Tips: How to Plan Your Book

To help aspiring authors, we’ve asked writing mentor and author Lis McDermott to give her views on how to plan your book.

Planning your book starts with a series of questions. There are some fundamental choices you need to be clear about before you start writing. Then, as Lis points out, there are six steps which help form your plan.

Read Lis’ top tips on our Learning Zone here.

Two New Case Studies

We love to hear back from our authors after they’ve been through the publishing process with us, and since last month, we’ve published two new case studies!

The first showcases Steve Griffiths and his experience publishing his poetry collection with SilverWood, entitled Weathereye: Selected Poems.

The second follows F A Beedie’s fascinating journey to publishing his memoir, Acting Able Seaman - Hostilities Only.

Read them both here.


These are challenging times, so it will not surprise you to know that the SilverWood team is making changes, and moving to home-working. We are fortunate that most, if not all, publishing preparation work can be done remotely. This means that the timings of your project should not be affected by the SilverWood team working from home.

We’ve also got some new offers running, if you’re finding yourself with extra time to work on a manuscript. Get £30 off our manuscript feedback, or chapter-by-chapter editorial support.

Instead of attending the London Book Fair as planned, the SilverWood team held a live Facebook Q&A with each team member answering your questions. We’ve written these up into a factsheet, which you can request by emailing our Enquiries Desk,

The government announced in March that it would be scrapping VAT on ebooks; read more here.

In Author News:

Despite the unusual circumstances, we’ve had lots of great pieces of news from our authors in the last month.

Veronica del Valle featured in this podcast with Haley Hoover to talk about her book, The Word-Keeper.

F A Beedie’s book, Acting Able Seaman - Hostilities Only, featured in Portsmouth news this month! Read the full article here.

Lots of our authors have been sharing resources to keep us and our families going during these uncertain times. Here are some examples of what they’ve been up to:

Pauline Tait and Elizabeth Price, children’s authors, have both been sharing fun activities for children to do at home. They’ve posted wordsearches, colouring in sheets and more! Take a look at Pauline’s website here, and Elizabeth’s here.

On Mother’s Day, Kath Mortimer, author of Mother of Millennials, offered free copies of the book to Bristol residents, in exchange for a donation to a charity of your choice.

Angela Dandy is serialising her cosy thriller, The Silver Sting, on her website. Read it for free in advance of the sequel, coming soon!

Helen Hollick reduced the price of three of her ebooks for the month of April. The Kingmaking, When The Mermaid Sings or Harold The King (UK)/I Am The Chosen King (US) are now 99p/99c. Perfect for anyone who's looking for an escapist lockdown read at a good price.

Hot Off the Press

Published this month...

2 March: Thoughts on Architecture, Myths and Management by Thomas Saunders was published, with a launch with North London Architects on 12 March.

8 March: The Sewing Place was published, a historical fiction set in mid-eighteenth-century Exeter by Joslin Day. Take a look at the book as featured in Writing Magazine here.

Coming Soon...

We’ve got lots more new titles to come in April! See what’s due for publication on the Coming Soon section...

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