Bernard Cornwell - tips from a master of historical fiction

Learning from the master – Bernard Cornwell

Bernard Cornwell has written over 55 novels and sold more than 20 million books worldwide. 20 million. Just let that sink in. He’s one of my favourite novelists. I devoured the Sharpe series and am now into his Uhtred Saxon/Dane epic. UK appearances are rare as he now lives in America. So I jumped at […]

Twitter pitches - Pieter Aertsen's Marketseller

For any unpublished author with a Twitter account, #PitchCB is the stuff of legend. On the fourth Friday of every month, the UK literary agents of Curtis Brown invite Twitter pitches. Here are the guidelines. On 22 April 2016, I joined the hoards – probably about 300 of us – with this: 1653. Oliver Cromwell’s […]

Writing Retreat option - La Muse in France

“I do not know of any creative soul who does not dream of calm, cool, grass-growing days in which to work without interruption.” When I read this glorious sentence from Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic, I sighed in agreement. I find it tough to switch from my ‘Business Head’ of being a copywriter to my ‘Book […]