The Dreaded Submission Process

There are some amazing things about being a publisher. Meeting talented authors, getting great stories out to the world, and seeing how much readers love those stories: these are just three of our favourite things (we’re trying desperately not to launch into song, a la Mary Poppins, right now…) But before you get to any […]

Going Rogue – Out Now!

Tom Novak is back… Going Rogue is the follow-up to the hugely successful thriller, Going Dark: the book that introduced Tom Novak as the hero who, in the words of best-selling author Tony Parsons, “makes Jason Bourne look like a vegan Pilates teacher”.   Going Rogue When a spate of deadly terrorist attacks hit the […]

NaNoWriMo Update – Writer’s Block? What’s That?

So we’re well into the second week of NaNoWriMo – how’s it going for you? Me? Well, I had an initial splurge of activity, but then other stuff got in the way (as it so often can…), which then led to a period of scratching my head and desperately trying to get back into the […]

NaNoWriMo – This Time It’s Personal…

It’s November which, for many authors, means there’s only one question on their minds: who’s doing NaNoWriMo and have you won yet? For the uninitiated, NaNoWriMo is a not-for-profit organisation whose stated aim is to “help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page”. Since 1999 they have […]

Writer’s Block? Here’s how to beat it…

There’s no such thing as writer’s block. There, I said it. Don’t believe me? Are you currently tortured by a blank page, screaming at your screen: “Of course I’ve got writer’s block, dammit!!!”.  Well, read on, you poor, misguided soul…   The Myth of Writing There’s one thing that novice writers and so-called experts both […]

How To Write A Killer Synopsis

Please send a synopsis of your story”. Words which strike fear and loathing in the heart of any author. You want an agent or publisher to just read your story and then hand you a publishing deal, but before they’ll do any of that they insist on you sending them a summary of the book. […]

How NOT to Sell Your Book

(or how to lose friends and be an asshat in several easy steps)   So, your novel’s written, edited AND published? Nice work. Now you can just kick back, watch readers snap it up and let the big bucks roll in, right? Wrong. Unfortunately, unless you are really, really lucky, then people won’t buy your […]

It’s getting tense – past or present?

Past or present tense? That was/is the question. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t going to write about this topic. Not until we had a Burning Chair conversation about tense and I said it could be the subject of a blog and Pete had the absolute audacity to start yawning. And not just a stifled, polite […]

An Interview With Neil Lancaster

Today we have a special treat for you: an interview with Neil Lancaster, author of Going Dark, his debut novel which hits the shelves in just over a week’s time, on 17 April 2019. Neil is a fantastic guy who has led a hugely interesting life, with many of his experiences influencing Going Dark, a […]

What We Learnt From London Book Fair 2019

The Burning Chair team were at the London Book Fair this week. And what an interesting time we all had. There were some great talks and debates and some interesting stands from all across the industry and around the globe. After much discussion, we think we can boil down what we learnt this week into […]