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How to Write a Book Pitch (and Why it Matters) finding a literary agent getting published Oct 01, 2023

How to write a killer book pitch is one of those questions all of us writers have grappled with at one point or another in our writing journeys.

We’re told it’s integral for our query...

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Five Reasons Why You Need a Writing Community meet the team Sep 24, 2023

Writing a novel is a solo pursuit, but that doesn’t mean it has to be lonely.

In fact, our founder Louise started The Novelry precisely for that reason – she wanted company while...

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How to be a Good Storyteller: 5 Tips to Take You from Idea to Story novel writing process starting to write Sep 17, 2023

What makes a compelling story? And how can we turn one small idea into an entire novel?

Its not only the kids who go back to school in September – if youre starting to write a...

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Rooting for the Bad Guy: The Definition of an Antihero novel writing process Sep 10, 2023

What is an antihero? And how do you make your reader root for them?

Here at The Novelry, our mantra is ‘happy writing’ and we foster a community of supportive writers who delight in...

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What is Dramatic Irony? novel writing techniques Sep 03, 2023

What is dramatic irony? And how does it work to create tension in your writing?

We hear literary terms like ‘dramatic irony’ being thrown around all the time, but what does it...

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Exposition in a Story editing your novel novel writing techniques Aug 27, 2023

What is exposition in a story? And how do you add backstory while keeping the reader engaged?

We’ve all heard about the dangers of including too much (or too little!) exposition in our...

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What is a Literary Agent? getting published literary agents Aug 20, 2023

What is a literary agent and what do they do? Do I need an agent to publish my novel?

Weve been tackling your questions on the publishing process this month, and are now turning from how to...

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How Many Words in a Novel? Word Counts by Genre editing your novel novel writing process Aug 13, 2023

How many words should your novel be? Many of us will spend months, if not years, coming up with a spectacular plot and incredible characters. You might set out to pen a contemporary novel that...

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How to Get a Book Published: 10 Steps getting published Aug 06, 2023

We often hear from writers who feel that the publishing process is shrouded in mystery, from submitting to literary agents to what happens at publishers’ acquisitions meetings. This month,...

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How to Write a Mystery: 10 Tips From Robin Stevens guest authors Jul 30, 2023

If you want to write a mystery, there are certain hallmarks found in every great mystery novel that will keep the reader guessing until the very end. False clues, convincing characters, red...

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How To Write Supporting Characters That Readers Love novel writing process Jul 23, 2023

Are you writing a novel and realizing that, while you know your protagonist through and through, the supporting characters still need some development so readers will fall in love with them? If so,...

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Kate Gray’s Success Story graduates success stories Jul 20, 2023

Nothing gives us greater pleasure at The Novelry than helping writers achieve their dreams of writing, completing and publishing a novel. It’s even sweeter when the book is published to...

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Seven Best Fantasy Settings For Your Novel fantasy meet the team Jul 16, 2023

If youre beginning to create your own fantasy world, or are some way into the writing of your magical tome already, the good news is theres a broad range of fantasy settings to...

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S J Watson Is Serialising A Novel on Substack guest authors Jul 09, 2023

When you’ve published three novels through the traditional publishing route, and one of your books has sold more than seven million copies, how do you find inspiration and new ways to keep...

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