Literary Agents

Our final week of How to Write a Book deals with what to some is the best part (completing a work, having it edit ready) or the worst (showing it to others and getting it published). Few publishers have open-submission policies. The slush pile exists, but many agree that to gain access to publishing houses and editors, an agent is hugely useful. It’s tempting for authors to rush their work just to get it to an agent, but this can be counter-productive. Marianne Gunn O’Connor is one of the best-known agents working in Ireland; her clients include Patrick McCabe, Cecilia Ahern and Shane Hegarty. “Editors don’t have the time they used to have to invest in editing a manuscript, so I would suggest getting it into the best possible shape before you submit it.” Sallyanne Sweeney is Irish and works at the London-based Mulcahy Associates. She is well aware that enthusiasm can cloud an author’s judgment when it comes to deciding whether a book is ready to be shown to publishers. “It’s understandable that having finished writing a book, many writers are eager to start submitting, but it can damage your chances of publication if you send it out before it’s ready. “The best writers are rewriters, and, although I love the editorial process of working with an author, I need to see the potential before investing this time, which will be mostly during evenings and weekends. I’d advise submitting only when you can no longer see how to improve your work. It’s also important to learn patience, as the publishing process is slow: even once you have a...
Saturday Selection #10

Saturday Selection #10

Welcome to the tenth Saturday Selection, where I share some of the more interesting articles I’ve discovered around the web this week. Enjoy and have a great weekend!   Top 90 travel tweeters of 2014 How to write a catchy blurb 10 Inspirational quotes for writers Remarketing secrets for fast and cheap sales 5 More things successful women do differently 20 Top productivity tools for bloggers  7 Blog post formulas that will boost your business blog Taking a break won’t kill you…I promise Top 10 ways successful spend their holidays Writer websites: set yourself up for...
Friday Finds #8

Friday Finds #8

How to tame the email beast using gmail How to create visual content that boosts engagement Special symbols for social media updates Use these smart blogging tips to get better results with less traffic How to find and contact Amazon book reviewers 8 Amazing bloggers you should follow Free marketing plan How to write a synopsis  How to run a successful ebook giveaway Start a business: 63 Things to do in your first 100 days...
The Detective’s Wife

The Detective’s Wife

I am thrilled to announce that my latest book, The Detective’s Wife, is now available at Amazon! Priced at $2.99 or FREE with Kindle Unlimited. BOOK DESCRIPTION: Life can change in an instant. What if your life was one big lie? What if no one knew your darkest secret? Ben Miller is torn between two worlds. He has spent a lifetime running from the secrets and lies of his past, but the past is about to catch up with him. An unexpected encounter forces him to face the consequences of what he did one fateful night seven years ago. Vanesssa Murphy is a high-powered lawyer, used to getting her own way, whatever the cost. However, the pretence of living a successful life is about to come crashing down around her. Soon, she will be locked away and hated, unless she can get rid of Ben Miller, who is the only piece of damning evidence against her. What happens when the past and present lives of two strangers horribly collide? Find out in “The Detective’s Wife”, a story about the secrets we keep, the ties that bind us, and the true cost of the lies we tell. Grab your copy by clicking here now!...

Saturday Selection #9

  Welcome to the ninth Saturday Selection and my bi-weekly roundup of my favourite online articles.     Email marketing tips for beginners 10 Inspiring Robin Williams’ quotes The 6 Goals of book promotions and tools to achieve success 16 Effective ways to get more comments on your blog today Google + versus Linkedin Get your business holiday ready How to get the most out of your paid social ads 15 Powerful social media tips for entrepreneurs 10 Reasons fiction writers should blog How to write an effective Twitter...