They say it’s a small world, but mine just got even smaller and more remarkable. When I first moved into my current house, a neighbour told me that author Dianne Blacklock grew up here. The house has been knocked down and rebuilt since she left, but the idea still spun me out. A friend suggested …

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My head’s still spinning from all the things I learned at the brilliant Writers Unleashed Festival last weekend: http://shirewritersfestival.weebly.com/. Entering a mad scribbling frenzy was the only way to tackle the editors’ panel, and I’ve managed to distil their most crucial tips into the three top things editors require. On the panel were Emma Rafferty …

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I recently attended a writers’ conference in sunny Brisbane. First up was a panel of editors explaining what they like – and what they don’t like – to see when authors submit stories. Their tips were fantastic, so I scribbled them down as fast as I could. On the panel were David Reiter, publisher at …

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