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Submissions: 5 things you Don’t do (apparently)

Writing is tough: time-consuming, brain-addling. Pitching to an agent or a publisher accepting direct submissions is worse: time-consuming, brain-addling plus frustrating when they don’t answer and demoralising when the rejections trickle back. Before submitting my recently-published novel Not The Life Imagined, I spent hours reading advice on

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Book Reviews: Barking Dogs and The Crime Writers’ Morgue.

If you are a crime writer or an accumulator of curious facts, two recently published non-fiction books merit attention. When the Dogs Don’t Bark, A forensic scientist’s Search for the Truth, is Professor Angela Gallop’s personal account of the development of forensic science over the last 40

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Books, Birds and Burns

Robert Burns called the town of Irvine in Ayrshire, Scotland, a ‘wonderful educative place.’ 1 He’d be pleased to see it still is, especially in September every year when the Tidelines Book Festival takes place. Started by an author, a councillor and a librarian, it has gone

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