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Super advice here on How To Write Back Cover Blurb For Your Non-Fiction Book


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Author Fair/Pop-up Bookshop Lowestoft 2015

Indie and traditionally published authors! No bookshops this side of town? No problem! Why not showcase your books in a unique ‘pop-up bookshop’?

Dates: Sat 25th and Sunday 26th July 2015.

Venue: Already established for its two vibrant galleries of colourful, original paintings, the Coconut Loft Art Gallery, 8 Waterloo Rd, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0AA, is the perfect venue to showcase your books. As well as allowing you to show off your work, the Coconut Loft Art Gallery also sells sensational Italian coffee, ice cream and great value lunches, adding to its established footfall.

Time: 10 am – 4pm. And after a successful day, why not unwind with fish and chips on a Blue Flag beach just 100 metres from the gallery for an exchange of feedback and ideas?

Prices: just £7.00 per table per day, or take advantage of a great SPECIAL OFFER of £12 per table for both days. Tables will hopefully be available both indoors and outside. You can also choose to do a reading of your work.

Book early to avoid disappointment! We are expecting authors from all over the country and are prepared to extend the number of days if there is sufficient demand. Early bookers can be sure of securing accommodation at the best prices before the holiday season starts.

Where to stay in Lowestoft http://goo.gl/fkiv87

Close to Lowestoft train station  http://goo.gl/9EhMjI

To secure your place at this unique event, simply go to our website, and don’t forget to say if you wish to do a reading. www.justwriteitworkshops.com

Places are limited so why not book yours TODAY?


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Hi Jill, thank you for taking some time out to talk to me about the book you have written with Tottie Limejuice and Janet Holt, ‘Take Three Birds’.

Jill Pennington

How did you all meet?

We initially made friends on the internet and joked about turning up on each others doorstep, and I thought well why not go to France to see Tottie, it’s only over the border I don’t actually have to fly. Though it wasn’t until i considered writing about it that it became a serious idea, to do it just for fun was one thing but to turn it into a book made us see things from the business point of view and suddenly it became more viable.

Tottie and me discussed it and invited Janet to be the third bird. In the beginning we had another person interested in being the UK bird but she dropped out and we decided we really wanted to go ahead so we got Janet onboard, and we were either very lucky or very clever because she fitted perfectly for what we wanted.

Tottile Jill and~Three little birds

It was always a risk, as we were all aware that internet friends can be very different in person, but we went in with open minds and came out laughing, so it was an amazing experience/experiment and the memory of it will stay with all three of us because we all had such a fabulous time.

Take Three Birds

On a mountaintop in Italy, English writer Jill comes up with an idea – to meet up in the flesh with two other writers she encountered on the internet and has shared many online laughs with. One slight problem is that Janet lives in England and has never flown. Another is that Tottie lives in France and, like a good wine, doesn’t travel.

So intrepid Janet boards her first ever flight to meet Jill in Italy and together they embark on a crazy road trip in a twenty-year-old Fiat Punto, to disturb the peace of Tottie’s little ‘grottage’ in France’s Auvergne.

When two sixty-somethings and a forty-something meet up, there’s lots of laughter and plenty of chatter. But will it turn out to be a lasting friendship or will the Three Birds part company vowing never to meet again?

Take Three Birds is out on Dec 15th. How can people pre-order their copy?

Tottie~Three Little Birds

For pre-order – AMAZON UNIVERSAL LINK SMART URL: smarturl.it/17q33q

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Welcome, Talli Roland…

Talli Roland

Can you tell me a little about yourself?

I started off writing travel guides, which was so much fun! My dream was always writing fiction, though.

After training as a journalist, I’d quickly discovered that sticking to the facts can be a little . . . dull. I wrote four novels before I managed to get my first published, and things have gone from there. I love writing – it’s the perfect job for me.

What was the first story you wrote?

When I was around thirteen, I wrote a novel called Glint off the Gold about a handicapped diver who makes it to the Olympics. I sent it off to many publishers and received my first rejections!

Were you inspired by someone or something?

I loved reading as a child, and my favourite authors inspired me. Lucy Maud Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables), Monica Hughes, and Judy Bloom all pushed me to make up my own stories.

What do you like about writing a story?

I love immersing myself in another world, and watching my characters grow and change. It’s so rewarding to know you’ve created this out of nothing but an idea in your head.

Can you tell us about your newest book?

My latest novel is called The No-Kids Club, and it’s about a group of woman who – having lost their friends to babies and motherhood – form a social network for people who don’t have children.

How did you come up with the story?

I didn’t have my son until my late thirties, and until I hit my mid-thirties, I’d been quite sure I didn’t want children. I watched many of my friends embark on parenthood, and I saw how their lives and priorities changed. The fundamental differences between people who don’t have kids and those that do fascinated me, and I wanted to explore it.

What genre best fits for the book?

The novel fits quite nicely into contemporary women’s fiction.

Are you working on something new at the moment?

I’m working on a novel called The Everything Dream, about a woman who must choose between following her passion and fulfilling familial responsibilities.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

My tip would be to just keep writing! Don’t give up if one novel doesn’t get published. Plus, keep an open mind about how you’d like to be published. There are many routes to market these days.

What is your writing routine?

My son is in nursery three mornings a week, and that’s when I get most of my work done. I sit down at 8 a.m. and usually work until around 11:30 – with a break for toast! And coffee!

Do you have an editing process?

The second draft is when I focus on the structure, the third and fourth are smoothing out the characters’ journeys, and the fifth is copyediting and working on the writing.

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

By the time I get to the fifth draft, I’m usually VERY sick of the whole thing! It takes every bit of motivation to persevere and get through it.

How important is it for you to share your writing?

Very. I love hearing from readers! I enjoy writing, but I want others to hopefully enjoy reading it.

Where can people go to read your work?

All of my novels are available worldwide on Amazon.

Where can people find you on the internet?

My website is www.talliroland.com, my blog is http://talliroland.blogspot.com, and I’m on Twitter at www.twitter.com/talliroland.

Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

Thanks for reading! I love getting emails from readers, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Thanks for a great interview Talli and I look forward to reading The No-Kids Club. Suzan.



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HarperCollins is inviting unsolicited manuscripts from aspiring authors in Australia, New Zealand and around the world. Whether or not you’ve been previously published, this is the perfect opportunity to submit your work and have a chance to be published by an award-winning, international publishing house.


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If you would like to know more about writing a book please take a look at this…




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Just Write It! offers writing workshops in beautiful Suffolk surroundings.

The workshops will be taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Gunton Hall Coastal Village, where participants will enjoy the 50 acres of gardens and secluded woodland, and will be able to draw inspiration from walks around the fresh water lake or in the walled garden.Walled Garden 1

The workshops are facilitated by published authors who are experienced and successful, and who are delighted to be passing on their skills and knowledge. The whole writing journey from idea to printed page is covered, and will include getting started, planning, researching, persevering, editing, finishing, publishing and marketing.

The workshops run from Friday 21st November to Monday 24th November.  It’s possible to book a single day, or sign up for all four.  Prices start from as little as £12 for a day, and there’s a discount for anyone signing up for the four days.  But… there are only a few places left!

The atmosphere at Gunton Hall Coastal Village is ideal for new writers who want support and have questions, or more experienced authors who would like time free from distractions to finish that novel or biography. Participants are free to join in any of the writing workshops, and/or join other writers for meal times and optional readings.  There will also be the entertainment in the evenings for those who would like to stay. There will be time in between workshops to write, think, walk or swim.

About the featured authors:

Ann Bowyer

Ann Bowyer – completed her first novel at fifteen, and now lives and writes in Norfolk.





Glynis Smy – shortlisted for The Festival of Romance New Talent Award 2014.


Jayne~Marie Barker 1

Jayne-Marie Barker – author of the DCI Allen series of crime novels.


Rosy Thornton


Rosy Thornton – winner of the fiction prize at the 2012 East Anglian Book Awards.



Suzan Collins – shortlisted for The People’s Book Prize 2014.


Yvonne Newbold


Yvonne Newbold – author of “The Special Parent’s Handbook”.


Please see website for further details www.justwriteitworkshops.com

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We bring people together in beautiful surroundings to write, think, discuss, listen and gain knowledge.

We have had an amazing response to our November writing workshops and now only have a handful of spaces left, so book your place today!  www.justwriteitworkshops.com

Flyer for Nov workshop~FINAL

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Yep! It’s Friday. There’s nothing exciting about writing and it being Friday. I write during the day, the evening and the night, but not continuously you understand. I write when the brain tells me to. The characters in my novel are keeping me up at night, again, that’s part of being a writer. You can’t just switch off once you close the computer down.

I had an enjoyable time at Southwold Library on Wednesday, facilitating the NaNoWriMo writing group there.

It’s been a busy few days, not only writing my novel for NaNoWriMo but also finishing writing some workbooks and okaying their covers. An exciting time but it has used a lot of my time.

My lovely cat has been keeping my company.

Cat sleeping and laptop~1~29th Nov 2013

I can’t stay long as here as I have been writing most of the day and need to give the ole eyes a rest.

I need food, energetic food not this…

Strawberries cream and profiterols~7th Sept 2014

Wordcount: 10,105.


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Jayne~Marie Barker 1Jayne-Marie Barker will be  talking about editing at the Just Write It! Workshops in Lowestoft this month. Few places left! To find out more and/or to book your place… www.justwriteitworkshops.com



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