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Mrs Lowry and Son screenwriter on his new book with PublishNation

Award-winning writer Martyn Hesford encourages budding writers to break the rules, keep on going, and “believe in yourself. Tenacity is everything.” The BAFTA-nominated writer behind such gems as Mrs Lowry and Son was born in Salford and graduated from grammar school to study acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. For … Continue reading Mrs Lowry and Son screenwriter on his new book with PublishNation

Normal People author Sally Rooney on the importance of being modern

Does Snapchat or Facebook, or a smartphone, have a place in literature? If anyone can be credited for creating a credible correlation between the latest communication methods and prose, it’s Irish author Sally Rooney. Whether you have read the Man Booker-nominated Normal People or watched the prime-time BBC television adaptation, it’s easy to see why … Continue reading Normal People author Sally Rooney on the importance of being modern

Successful PublishNation author’s top tips

Not every self-publishing author surpasses their literary expectations and achieves success. But Swiss-based management consultant Scott Chapman is one of the growing number who has – time and time again. The 57-year-old Glaswegian’s through-the-centuries Templar detective novels have continued to top the charts and attract five-star reviews over the past seven years. His hugely popular … Continue reading Successful PublishNation author’s top tips

How Jeff Kinney sold more than 200 million children’s books

Creating that perfect character is something every author aspires to. While several have succeeded in recent years, finding that all-important protagonist who will appeal to almost everyone remains one of the holy grails of modern fiction-writing. One author who can lay claim to having found all the ingredients that work is Jeff Kinney. The 47-year-old … Continue reading How Jeff Kinney sold more than 200 million children’s books

Lee Child’s tips for writing success: no planning and ignore advice!

Lee Child is one of modern literature’s most unlikely success stories – because he ignores the rules and writes just for himself. If this world-famous sought-after author told you he doesn’t plan a single plot and has always ignored advice being offered, would you believe him? Only picking up the pen after being made redundant … Continue reading Lee Child’s tips for writing success: no planning and ignore advice!

George Orwell’s six golden rules for every writer to follow

Advice for improving your writing can be found far and wide. An array of influential linguists, creative writing tutors and, of course, published authors, all freely offer their opinions on crafting the perfect sentence, paragraph, chapter and novel. But, here at PublishNation, to avoid the constant contradictions, we thought we’d step back in time and … Continue reading George Orwell’s six golden rules for every writer to follow