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April News at SilverWood

Published: 30 Apr 2020  - updated: 2 Jul 2020

What’s New in the Learning Zone?

Five Secrets to a Successful Series

Creating a successful series is a skill. Some authors would say there’s no magical formula. If your books are planned to stand alone, you have to give enough information to satisfy the reader without any background; however, you can’t drop any spoilers that would ruin a reader’s experience if they go back and read the others in the series.

Discover the five things that hold the key to keeping your readers interested in more than one single novel: full article here.


Lots of our authors have been asking about delaying their publication due to the ongoing events. There are lots of things to consider, but as book sales boom, new opportunities may present themselves. Read our current assessment from a publisher’s perspective.

We’ve been continuing our SilverWood Q+A events every Friday on our Facebook page. Coming up this week: meet the team!

In Author News:

More lovely news items from authors who are continuing great work with their marketing and book promotion. We’re so proud to see what our authors have been doing to support charities and individuals as we navigate the new everyday.

Steve Griffiths, author of poetry collection Weathereye, has been included alongside other well-known poets and people associated with the NHS as part of this wonderful new anthology, These Are The Hands, to raise money for the NHS Covid-19 Emergency Fund. Steve used to be a public health researcher. For more information and to purchase the anthology visit here.

Adam M. Lowenstein, author of the just-published Reframe the Day, has also been sharing his insights and advice through publications and events. For those of us suffering news fatigue, take a look at his article on Medium, 'You Are Not Obligated to Follow the News Every Minute of Every Day’.

He also joined Colorado State Senator Kerry Donovan in a live video chat as part of 'Convos from the Couch’ on 17 April. They talked about reframing your response to the coronavirus crisis. Read more about Adam’s work at his website.

Great awards news this month: big congratulations to Elly Redding, whose recently published second chance romance, In Too Deep, has won not only the Readers’ Award, but also Cover of the Month! Take a look here!

Helen Hollick’s books, The Kingmaking, When The Mermaid Sings or Harold The King (UK)/I Am The Chosen King (US) are still reduced price 99p/99c. Last chance to snap up this read!

Paul Connolly’s book, The Enduring Influence of Ken Potts, received a 5* review on TripFiction. Read the whole review here.

We were pleased to hear that Tony Giles, author of Seeing the World My Way has been featured in the Telegraph on 27 April. The article, 'I’m blind and deaf, and I’ve explored 127 countries alone - here’s what I’ve learnt’ can be read here and check out Tony’s website here.

Pauline Tait has published a reading of her first book, The Fairy in the Kettle on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. Perfect for fairy fans who are missing out on readings and bookshop events. Watch here.

Martin Ferguson Smith, author of Madeline Symons: Social and Penal Reformer, has published in Shetland Times. His article 'Confronting Covid-19 with Help from Greek Philosophy’ can be read here.

Hot Off the Press

Published this month...

3 April: Paula Smedley’s novel, An Inconvenient Need to Belong, was published. It is an emotional novel about loneliness, loss and one man's search for redemption.

6 April: Publication day for In His Days, by Samuel Ezekwo and Ejiofo Umegbogu. This book celebrates the unsung heroes and heroines of missionary evangelism in Nigeria. Check out the striking cover!

14 April: We rejoined the Silveries at Magnolia Court in Angela Dandy’s second thriller, The Silver Dollar. More to come on our Facebook page!

24 April: Published on this day, Dragon River, a brilliant book for fans of Lemony Snicket. Join Gallo the superhero dragon in this fantastical adventure. Written by Rob Saunders and featuring beautiful illustrations by Gillian Martin.

28 April: Reframe the day: Embracing the Craft of Life, One Day at a Time was published. Adam M. Lowenstein’s manual combines concrete advice with tools for self-reflection, and will show you how to reframe the way you see and spend your days. Stylishly illustrated by Jesse Brown, and all profits from book sales are going to the coronavirus response efforts of Direct Relief.

Coming Soon...

What’s due for publication next month? Take a look at our Coming Soon section...

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