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February News at SilverWood

Published: 4 Mar 2021  - updated: 2 Jun 2021

Marcus Sedgwick


SilverWood Writing Club is delighted to announce that multi-award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick will join us for this month’s masterclass. The theme of this month is 'Develop Your Book Characters’ covering how to create a memorable character and make them come alive on the page! See more and book your ticket on Eventbrite here.

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New Articles

How Will Hamilton-Davies Introduced his Self-Published Book into Almost Every Bookshop in Bristol

Just one month after releasing his debut children’s book, The Shrew with the Flu, Will Hamilton-Davies has seen his picture book featured on shelves across almost all of Bristol’s top independent bookshops. The SilverWood team secured time to talk with Will about his successes, and how he surmounted the hurdles created by everything going on in the world right now. Read the full article here

5 Tips: Get More Visibility For Your Book on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the perfect platform for promoting your business book because it’s designed for discussions, articles and posts about services that professional people are interested in. To help you get more visibility for your book on LinkedIn, we’ve shared tips from other authors, LinkedIn coaches and our book marketing team on what types of content to create and share with your network. You can find this article here.

In Author News

Heather Peck launched her novel, Secret Places, with a fantastic online Q+A. You can watch a recording of the launch here where Heather answered readers’ questions. Check out her Twitter and website for more on this and upcoming titles!

Heather will also be taking Secret Places on tour on 17 March, so keep an eye on social media for new reviews of this gripping thriller!

Alan Hamilton, author of Stalemate, reached the final ten of the annual First Novel Prize. Alan says, "I sent [Stalemate] off with very little expectation." However, the telephone rang a couple of months later and Alan heard the exciting words, "You’re on the shortlist for the First Novel Prize." The head of the prize organisation was very complimentary: "With Stalemate, I most loved the dispassionate manner in which the narrator tells a quite horrifying story."

Although ultimately not a finalist, for Alan the value was in receiving such affirmation of his novel. "The First Novel Prize has been running each year since 2016. An entry must be fiction, written (not a translation) in English, although the writer can live anywhere in the world, and be at least 50,000 words. It must not have been traditionally published, i.e. the author must own the rights to the work. The name is a bit misleading; not necessarily your first novel, you could enter any novel you’d written, even a later one on another occasion." Find out more here.

SilverWood Author Ella Price, author of Silicon Tales, has launched some of the stories on mp4. Go to her website, or @silicontales on IGTV and YouTube.

The Perthshire Advertiser has published Pauline Tait’s latest blog, the third instalment of her story of moving from countryside into town. See more and follow Pauline on Facebook here.

Hot Off the Press

15 February - Those closest to you are not necessarily the ones you know best. Jacqueline James’ first novel, Rude Awakening, is a story of loss, evolving friendship, and self-discovery. Read more on the SilverWood site.

26 February was publication day for P.D. Innes’ A Dog Called Boris. A gripping tale. But the book's more than just a good read. From public schools and politicians to the Royal Family, it's a joyous send-up of Britain's Establishment.

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