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Formatting your manuscript made easy: some great tips on using Word styles

In my work as a freelance fiction editor for self-publishing authors, and as a reader for the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme, I sometimes receive manuscripts that aren’t as professionally formatted as they could be. (This is understandable, as no one knows there’s a ‘best way to format a manuscript’ until they’re told!) Image…… Continue reading Formatting your manuscript made easy: some great tips on using Word styles

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6 ways to avoid repeating the same old words and phrases in your writing

It’s August, and time for another authors’ Round Robin. This month the topic has been set by author Rhobin Courtright. Do you have any character habits or favourite words that always crop up in your writing? The short and simple answer: yes! The difficulty is, spotting this repetition when it happens. My husband always reads…… Continue reading 6 ways to avoid repeating the same old words and phrases in your writing

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Girls Succeed – a book to inspire, entertain and empower girls

Little Sable Point, one of Michigan’s many lighthouses My first ever novel, The Silk Romance, was published by a small independent publisher, MuseItUp Publishing, in Canada. Through MIU I made some great friends across the pond, including Marsha West, a romantic suspense writer from Texas; Susan Bernhardt, who writes cosy mysteries and lives in Wisconsin;…… Continue reading Girls Succeed – a book to inspire, entertain and empower girls

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Classics, crime and romance: 14 books set in Norfolk and Suffolk

This has been a year of covid restrictions and lots of us are holidaying at home in the UK. Later this year I’m going to Suffolk – a county I’ve hardly explored at all. There’s so much to explore here, I’m not bothered at all about not being able to go abroad. I started to…… Continue reading Classics, crime and romance: 14 books set in Norfolk and Suffolk

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Kill your darlings: 5 tips for cutting and editing scenes you love

Another month, and another of our authors’ Round Robins. This month we have another thought-provoking topic, this time set by author Marci Baun Deleting scenes: Do you ever delete scenes? When and why do you delete them? And what do you do with them? Do you save them? Or just toss them?  When I first…… Continue reading Kill your darlings: 5 tips for cutting and editing scenes you love

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Crime, romance and classic fiction: 13 books set in the Lake District

With its glorious and dramatic scenery, the Lake District in northern England has been an inspiration for writers and artists for centuries. Lots of us in the UK will be holidaying at home this year. If you’re lucky enough to be travelling to the Lakes – or even if you just want to armchair travel…… Continue reading Crime, romance and classic fiction: 13 books set in the Lake District

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Midsummer Magic at Miss Moonshine’s Emporium is out now!

This is just a quick post to say our new anthology, Midsummer Magic at Miss Moonshine’s Emporium, is out now in paperback and for Kindle. The anthology is free on Kindle Unlimited – and look at the lovely paperback! I was really chuffed when my copy arrived and I could add it to the other…… Continue reading Midsummer Magic at Miss Moonshine’s Emporium is out now!

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Meet the author, with @TonyRiches, author of the bestselling Tudor Trilogy

It’s a great pleasure to have historical fiction author Tony Riches round today to discuss a new release in his Elizabethan series – a period of history I find fascinating. Thanks for coming all the way to Yorkshire, Tony! Hi Helena, and thank you for inviting me to your blog. Lovely to meet you, even…… Continue reading Meet the author, with @TonyRiches, author of the bestselling Tudor Trilogy

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A new Miss Moonshine anthology! And news of a brilliant book auction for vaccines worldwide

It’s been an exciting week for the nine of us authors who make up Authors on the Edge. On 21st June we’ll be releasing the third in our series of anthologies around the character of Miss Moonshine and her Wonderful Emporium in the fabulous town of Haven Bridge. Our new anthology is called Midsummer Magic…… Continue reading A new Miss Moonshine anthology! And news of a brilliant book auction for vaccines worldwide