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Book cover design

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Book formatting

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Self-publishing support

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Proofreaders (British English)

Marie Campbell

Publishing / Book marketing services

My ePublish Book

Writing classes

Bespoke one-to-one online writing courses with Anne Hamilton, a highly skilled private tutor who is also a writer and editor: http://www.writerightediting.co.uk/services/

Bespoke in-person writing workshops and events for writers of all ages and abilities, in Lockerbie, Scotland, run by the talented Kerrie McKinnel: https://kerriemckinnel.com/bespoke-bookings/

Online writing classes that teach writers how to sensitively and convincingly write characters who are very different from them: https://writingtheother.com/

Advice for writers

On craft

Advice on writing effective scenes: https://www.janefriedman.com/writing-scene/

What “info-dumping” is and why you should avoid it:  http://www.fiction-writers-mentor.com/info-dumping/

Showing and telling: https://emmadarwin.typepad.com/thisitchofwriting/showing-and-telling-the-basics.html

Choosing which tense to write in: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/writing-tense/

Tools for writing more effective dialogue: https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-fiction/the-7-tools-of-dialogue

Authenticity reading, often known as sensitivity reading, what it is and why you might need it: https://bell-gazelle-jgbn.squarespace.com/blog/sensitivity-reading-101

POV

What head-hopping is and how you can stay in POV:  https://www.standoutbooks.com/avoid-head-hopping/

What deep POV is and how to achieve it: http://theeditorsblog.net/2011/11/16/deep-pov-whats-so-deep-about-it/ 

A great explanation of narrative distance: http://theeditorsblog.net/2016/07/19/deep-pov-and-narrative-distance-part-1/

For plot-driven novels

Strengths and challenges of plot-driven fiction: https://www.janefriedman.com/starting-your-novel-with-plot-3-strengths-and-3-challenges/

For mystery writers

Five things every mystery novel needs: https://annerallen.com/2021/05/writing-a-mystery-novel-5-things/

For memoir writers

Why forgiveness is an important part of memoir writing, why, and what this actually means in practice: https://www.janefriedman.com/to-write-a-better-memoir-learn-this-f-word/

On Language

Why gender neutral language is important: https://www.rabbitwitharedpen.com/blog/gender-and-inclusive-language

How sexist language hurts men: https://consciousstyleguide.com/how-sexist-language-hurts-men/

Article from the Conscious Language Newsletter about trans terminology: https://consciousstyleguide.com/trans-terminology-201/

Motivation and keeping going

An inspirational website and podcast from self-confessed worried writer Sarah Painter: http://www.worriedwriter.com/

Hacks to get you writing when you don’t feel like it: https://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2020/03/best-ever-hacks-for-writing-when-you.html

Publishing and marketing

Excellent advice on writing, publishing and marketing your book from creative entrepreneur Joanna Penn: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/

Advice on all aspects of publishing, from fellow writer and editor Belinda Pollard: http://www.smallbluedog.com/

Organisations for writers

For self-publishing writers located anywhere in the world: https://www.allianceindependentauthors.org/

For traditional, self-published and emerging writers based in Britain: https://www.societyofauthors.org/

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