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The Write Lines

Programme 1: Ebook publishing and getting a traditional book deal

Sue Cook talks to three writers who have all enjoyed success by self-publishing ebooks. Mark Edwards (Catch your Death, Killing Cupid), Roz Morris (My Memories of a Future Life) and Mel Sherratt (Taunting the Dead, Somewhere to Hide) share their experiences of going it alone and, in Mark's case, of securing a traditional book deal.

Topics covered include getting to the top of the Amazon Kindle charts, building a buzz about your book, formatting a book for Kindle, cover design, the benefits of agents and editors, digital vs print publishing and pricing strategies.

Media partner: Mslexia magazine. Sponsored by Scrivener at www.literatureandlatte.com.

Programme 2: How to build a career as a writer

Sue Cook talks to Julie Cohen (novelist, tutor), Sue Moorcroft (novelist, short story writer, tutor) and Nicola Morgan (fiction for children/YA and non-fiction for adults, tutor).

The guests share their experiences, with advice about ways to get into writing, making money from writing, recycling your writing, using Twitter for research, holding a book launch, getting book reviews and author networking.

Media partner: Mslexia magazine. Sponsored by Silverwood Books at www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk and The Publishing Training Centre at www.train4publishing.co.uk

Programme 3: How to market your book

Sue Cook talks to Dr Alison Baverstock (author, publishing expert and university tutor), Catherine Ryan Howard (successful self-published author) and Jane Wenham-Jones (fiction and non-fiction writer, journalist and speaker).

The guests share their experiences, with advice about writing marketing copy, identifying a market for your book, building a readership, avoiding the hard sell, how publishers promote books, cheap and free books and using social media.

Media partner: Mslexia magazine. Sponsored by The Book Doctor at www.thebookdoctor.co.uk

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Free audio programmes: Talking Bookshelf's Writing Tips

Talking Bookshelf is pleased to announce a series of audio programmes for writers - Talking Bookshelf's Writing Tips. Talking Bookshelf producer Ian Skillicorn talks to writers and editors who share their top tips for writers.

Programme 1: Helen Corner, co-author of Write A Blockbuster and Get it Published
Tips and advice including how to submit a manuscript and finding an agent or publisher for your book.

Programme 2: Lorraine Mace, co-author of The Writer's ABC Checklist
Tips and advice including how to avoid common mistakes writers make and writing for English speaking markets from overseas.

Acclaimed broadcaster and author Sue Cook presents special online series of her programme for writers, The Write Lines.

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