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    Notes From The Cotswolds – Making Time
    by Penny Parkes
    2016/07/25  |  Features  |  

    A few weeks ago, I packed up my laptop and a large supply of Breakfast Cereal (crucial) and made my way back to Bath. I had edits to do, a sleep deficit to reclaim and I also wanted to just take a moment before the summer holidays began to revisit …

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    Think you’re too old for YA – think again!
    by Clare Furniss
    2016/07/18  |  Features  |  

    One of the questions I get asked a lot as the writer of two YA books is… “So what exactly is YA?” To be honest, it’s not the easiest question to answer. For a start, no one even seems exactly sure who Young Adults are (let’s face it, we ALL …

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    Well, this is IT people. #DigitalOriginals #OneDay is a GO!
    by SJV
    2016/07/15  |  Features  |  

    My inbox bookminx@simonandschuster.co.uk is now OPEN, ready, willing and completely able to receive your commercial women’s fiction submission. Remember, we want to read a killer synopsis, a cracking first chapter and a mini biography for you. The full guidelines to help you with your submission can be found here. The …

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    Ultimate Beach Reads
    by Team BATC
    2016/07/13  |  Features  |  

    Luton Airport, 6.53am. You’ve sprinted through security and pounded past passport control, leaving you two minutes to pick up the perfect summer read. Agh! Thankfully, Team BATC are on hand with their guide to the best beach books… Dani Atkins, author of Our Song For the ultimate beach read I want …

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    Favourite fictional getaways
    by Team BATC
    2016/07/13  |  Features  |  

    For most of us, holiday memories fade faster than our wonky tan lines. But great books have the power to whisk you away to a place you’ll remember forever. We asked our brilliant authors to tell us about their favourite fictional getaways, from romantic Venetian canals to the Florida Keys. …

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    My three beach essentials
    by Team BATC
    2016/07/13  |  Features  |  

    No day trip’s complete without a beach bag overflowing with leaky water bottles, unwieldy books and other holiday ‘essentials’. But what would grab on to if you could only keep three things? We asked our authors. Dani Atkins, author of Our Song The number one beach essential in my tote bag …

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    With power comes great responsibility….
    by Milly Johnson
    2016/07/07  |  Features  |  

    Ask any writer how they feel about their success and I’ll bet you most of them give you an open mouth and a shrug of the shoulders and the reason for that is that we can’t quite believe we are successful.  We are scared to accept that we’re doing well …

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    Pick up the pen, the keyboard, the Dictaphone – whatever – and crack on.
    by SJV
    2016/07/05  |  Features  |  

    I’ve started to write (but haven’t managed to finish) six different columns in the past couple of weeks. There was The One About the Birthday (bit too new mascara boasty), The One About RemaIN (bit too sweary), The One About the Joy of Reading Outside (less joyous when it’s pouring …

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    Top Ten Romantic Movie Moments
    by Andy Jones
    2016/06/29  |  Features  |  

    We caught up with Andy Jones recently, to pick his brains on romance, and specifically his Top Ten Romantic Movie Moments… 1. As Good As it Gets When Jack Nicholson tells Helen Hunt, “You make me want to be a better man.” For me, as a guy, I think this is …

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    Summer at Skylark Farm
    by Heidi Swain
    2016/06/27  |  Features  |  

    When I met with my wonderful editor, Clare Hey, back in the autumn of what now seems like forever ago and she uttered the words every aspiring author longs to hear – ‘We’d like to offer you a two-book deal’ – I felt, as you would expect, ecstatic. Not only …