Manchester is an ‘Indie Publishing Hotspot’

Manchester has recently been identified as "an indie publishing hotspot".

Manchester has recently been identified as “an indie publishing hotspot” according to Amazon which has revealed statistics from its Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) programme. The city of Manchester is home to more independently published authors per capita than any other town or city in the UK, based on Amazon’s ranking of the highest concentrations of

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Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017 Shortlist

The 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction is a book award for female writers.

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist for 2017 has been announced. The judges described the books as “daring and intimate”. The award is the most prestigious book award for fiction written by women accepts novels that have been written by a woman whatever her nationality, country of residence or age. The Baileys Women’s Prize

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Rachel Donohue Wins ‘Irish Writer of the Year’

Rachel Donohue is an award winning Irish writer.

Image courtesy of The Irish Times Rachel Donohue has been awarded the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year award at a ceremony in Dublin. Alongside the Emerging Fiction prize, for her story The Taking of Mrs Kennedy. Sean Tanner won the First Fiction category and Una Mannion the prize for Emerging Poetry. Elaine Cullen,

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How to Work With Beta Readers

Looking for a beta reader?

BetaBooks is an online productivity app for authors which makes sending manuscripts to beta readers easy. BetaBooks keeps your feedback organized and searchable, giving you new insights into your book. Often when authors start looking for beta readers for the first time, their main concern is usually where to find beta readers to critique their

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Why Hire Us For A Manuscript Assessment?

Writerful Books offers an affordable manuscript assessment service for unpublished writers within the UK who are seeking a professional manuscript appraisal.

Writerful Books provides an affordable manuscript assessment service for authors within the UK seeking to hire an editor for a manuscript appraisal. If you have finished writing your book and are ready for your manuscript to be assessed, our experienced editors can offer you practical assistance to help unlock your book’s potential by uncovering any

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Indie Book Awards Announces ‘Book of the Year’

Indie Book Awards 2017

Jane Harper’s novel The Dry has won Book of the Year at the 2017 Indie Book Awards. The award was presented at the Leading Edge Books Conference. The Indie Book Awards are chosen by independent booksellers to reward and promote excellence in Australian writing. Winning Titles in Each Category: Fiction The Last Painting of Sara

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Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award Shortlist

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is the world’s richest prize for a single short story in the English language.

Irish author Sally Rooney, whose debut novel Conversations with Friends which will be published by Faber in June, has made the shortlist for the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award aims to promote and celebrate the excellence of the modern short story and has attracted entries from

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Editing Software For Writers

SmartEdit is a smart editing tool for editors and writers.

As an editor and writer, I’m always on the lookout for apps, hacks and plugins that will make my life easier, streamline a particular process or help improve my work. SmartEdit popped up on my radar recently and I decided to give it a whirl to see if it could add value to the beta

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Man Booker 2017 Longlist

The Man Booker International Prize is an international literary award hosted in the United Kingdom.

The Man Booker Prize has announced the longlist for its specific International award for 2017. The 13 longlisted titles were all translated to English and published in the UK, and are picked out of a total of 126 that were previously considered. Both novels and short-story collections are eligible to win the £50,000 final prize

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New $10,000 Digital Literature Award

Queensland Literary Award have announced their shortlists for 2016.

The Queensland Literary Awards has introduced a new digital literature award. The prize which is worth $10,0000 is sponsored by the Queensland University of Technology. This Award is open to all original works of digital literature (e.g. fiction, non-fiction, poetry, graphic narrative) which are created for digital consumption. Queensland’s minister for innovation, science and the

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Book Review: A Line Made by Walking

A Line Made by Walking is a novel by Anglo-Irish author Sara Baume.

Title: A Line Made by Walking Author: Sara Baume Publisher: Random House Release Date: February 16, 2017 Pages: 320 Synopsis: Struggling to cope with urban life-and life in general-Frankie, a twenty-something artist, retreats to her family’s rural house on “turbine hill,” vacant since her grandmother’s death three years earlier. It is in this space, surrounded

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Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017 Longlist

The 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction is a book award for female writers.

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction has announced its longlist for 2017. The prize previously known as the Orange Prize was established in 1996 and has a £30,000 ($48,233 AUD) prize. It is presented annually to the best novel of the year written in English by a woman. Longlisted Authors & Books: Stay With Me

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The Stella Prize Shortlist 2017

The Stella Prize is presented for the best work of fiction or nonfiction by an Australian women.

The Stella Prize has revealed its six shortlisted books by Australian women on International Women’s Day. The shortlisted prize money has been increased from $2000 to $3000 for each author who made the shortlist. Each of the authors will also receive a writing retreat supported by the Trawalla Foundation alongside the prize money. The Stella

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Kate Grenville Wins Award for Literature

Kate Grenville is an Australian author and winner of the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature.

Australian author, Kate Grenville is the winner of the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. Grenville is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. The award, formerly known as the Writers’ Emeritus Award, recognises ‘the achievements of eminent literary writers over the age of 60 who have made an outstanding and lifelong contribution to

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Leading Edge Books Conference 2017

The Leading Edge Books Conference will include the announcement of the Indie Book Awards 2017 Category Winners and Book of the Year winner and a number of author presentations.

The Leading Edge Books program for the 2017 conference was held over two and a half days from 19-21 March at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa. The opening address was delivered by crime writer Jock Serong, whose new book On the Java Ridge which was published by Text last September. Under the theme

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Hennessy Literary Awards 2017 Shortlists

The Hennessy Literary Awards recognises new Irish writing and rewards excellence in writing short fiction and poetry.

The Hennessy Literary Awards have announced their shortlists for 2017. The award recognises new Irish writing and rewards excellence in writing short fiction and poetry and has been running since 1971. There are 18 nominees for this year’s Emerging Poetry, First Fiction and Emerging Fiction prizes. Emerging poetry Deirdre Daly The Art of Making Macaroons,

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Why Are Our Beta Readers So Picky?

Are you looking to find a beta reader?

Trying to find a good beta reader is harder than you think.. Each month we receive a large number of requests from authors looking to hire beta readers for their novel or non-fiction book. In an ideal world we would read each and every manuscript and give it a five star rating. But since our

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Viva la Novella 2017 Winners Announced

The 2017 Seizure Viva La Novella competition shortlist has been announced.

Seizure have announced the two winners of Viva la Novella V. The competition is now in its fifth year – and in its fourth year of offering an editorial professional development stream. Seizure started in 2010 as a magazine collaboration between Alice Grundy and David Henley and has since grown into a community for writers,

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ALS Gold Medal Longlist Announced

Literary awards and literary prizes.

The longlist for the 2017 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal has been announced. The Australian Literature Society Gold Medal (ALS Gold Medal) is awarded annually by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature for “an outstanding literary work in the preceding calendar year.” From 1928 to 1974 it was awarded by the Australian

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Where to Find Australian Book Editors?

Writerful Books is an author services and editing company based in Australia that provides beta reading, book editing services and manuscript assessments for Australian authors.

Writing a novel isn’t easy. You’ve devoted a substantial part of your life to creating an incredible story, then nurtured your creation through the endless rounds of revisions and even obsessed for days whether to leave a comma in or out, that your family and friends have started to think you’ve lost the plot. We

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