May 2020

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Get to grips with the pros and cons of publishing and self-publishing, an exclusive interview with romance bestseller Milly Johnson, plus inspiring words to help you stay motivated at home

On Sale: 02/04/2020

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Inside the May 2020 issue of Writing Magazine:

Pros and cons of publishing and self-publishing - For many writers, getting your book into bookshops is the dream, but there isn’t one size fits all. We help you weigh up the pros and cons to find the right approach for your books

Star interview

Milly Johnson - hugely popular mass market women’s fiction author, never out of the top 10 of most borrowed and highest PLR payouts


Character building - how to create plausible and three dimensional characters in your fiction

Dodging the minefields - with a demand for more positive representation, heightened sensitivity and awareness in publishing these days, there are all sorts of potential traps for authors, so we help you find your way through them

Writing for children - Common errors writers make with their children's books, and how you can do better.

Dark fiction - Horror writers are increasingly pushing into new concepts and new ideas, or adding new spins to old classic tropes and archetypes, so here are some ideas to help you find new approaches, with practical exercises to try

Crime fiction - top tips from top crime authors

Writer’s life 

Stick with it – Subscriber Jenny Moore’s children’s book took nearly two decades before finally making it into print. She highlights how the long wait improved her book, and why you should never give up.

Business of writing - The best publicity machine your writing business can have is a newsletter you control and send to the recipients on your mailing list. Here’s how to set one up and ideas on what to include

And of course our popular Writers News' pages packed full of publishing opportunities. Enjoy! 

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