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Emylia Hall’s Journey to Happy Writing meet the team novel writing process Jul 02, 2023

At The Novelry we passionately believe writing should bring great happiness to the writer. Our mantra is ‘happy writing’ and we foster a community of supportive writers taking joy...

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Are You Ready? When To Query Agents editing your novel literary agents Jun 25, 2023

Are you ready to send your novel to literary agents and publishers? Are you sure?

Trust us when we say it’s a big mistake to send your novel out into the world before it’s really ready....

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Jennifer Saint on Greek Myth Retellings guest authors Jun 18, 2023

Jennifer Saint knows about writing a Greek mythology book in the 21st century. The Sunday Times number 1 bestselling author of Ariadne, Elektra and Atalanta, Jennifer has taken classic Greek myths...

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Sarah Pearse on Writing The Sanatorium crime and suspense guest authors Jun 11, 2023

Sarah Pearse is having somewhat of a dream writing career – after publishing two suspense novels (The Sanatorium in 2021, and The Retreat, published in 2022) Sarah is a double New York...

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Second Novel Syndrome getting published meet the team Jun 04, 2023

Writing a second novel is a fascinating and often surprising experience. Everything you dreamed of through the hours of writing your first novel has come true: you’re lucky enough to have had...

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Kirstin Chen on Writing Three Novels, Including Counterfeit guest authors May 28, 2023

Some writers have a fascinating career trajectory and Kirstin Chen is certainly one of them. The New York Times best-selling author of three books, Soy Sauce for Beginners, Bury What We Cannot...

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The Blair Partnership: Agents’ Submission Wishlist literary agents May 21, 2023

Finding an agent is a huge step on every writers journey and deciding who to send your manuscript to is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome. At The Novelry, were here to help. On...

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and the Best Book-to-Screen Adaptations meet the team May 14, 2023

Congratulations to our writing coach Rachel Joyce on the film adaptation of her award-winning novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, which is in cinemas now! The novel was published in 2012,...

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A. A. Dhand on Writing a Page-Turner crime and suspense guest authors May 07, 2023

We were thrilled to be joined by A. A. Dhand for a live Q&A this month with our writers. It was such an insightful session that we decided to share a little bit here on our...

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L.R. Lam on Writing Across Genres fantasy meet the team science fiction Apr 30, 2023

Many writers have questions about changing genres – we rarely read just one genre, so why wouldn’t we consider writing books that span as far as our readerly joys do? Of...

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Rebecca Ley on Writing The Trip graduates success stories Apr 28, 2023

The best novels take us on a journey to memorable places. At its finest, destination fiction can be escapist; a sun-baked thriller or a snow-filled farce take us away from our everyday routines....

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How to Write a Romance Novel romance Apr 23, 2023

Ever wondered how to write a romance novel? We’ve all daydreamed about – or even lived – our own love story, and writing romance can be almost as thrilling. Still, to borrow from...

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Worldbuilding: Who, What, Where, Why & How fantasy science fiction Apr 16, 2023

One of the big questions we get asked at The Novelry is how to create satisfying and immersive worldbuilding. It’s a huge part of writing in any genre; the setting is a memorable part of...

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The Octopus Scheme 2023 Apr 14, 2023

We’re delighted to announce that our scholarship program, The Octopus Scheme, is relaunching for 2023! The Octopus Scheme is The Novelry’s initiative to nurture writing talent from...

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