At what point can you say that you are not just a writer but an author – in other words, makes you an author? The cut-off point for a writer is easy. If you write then you are a writer. Yet we could hardly say if you “auth” then you […]

What makes you an author?


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In one of the many online groups that I am in someone started a discussion about blogs. Before you could say “I blog too” there was a huge list of blogs being shared. If ever there was a hint from above and beyond that now was a good time to […]

10 Author Blogs you’ve probably never seen


Authors vs Universal Credit
At Author Buzz UK, we tend to stay away from matters of politics but Universal Credit is one of those topics that cuts to the heart of what it means to be an author. Being a full-time writer is hard already This is something we have covered before. Earning a […]

The Danger of Universal Credit



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The 2017 H. G. Wells Short Story Competition shortlist has been announced. The Short Story Competition shortlists were posted Thursday 21 September, H. G. Wells’ Birthday. There are two prizes on offer. The Junior Competition with the Margaret and Reg Turnill Prize of £1000 The Senior Competition with The Grand […]

2017 H. G. Wells shortlist announced


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Do chaos and good writing go together? This is a question we are about to avoid but not entirely. Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best posts on the Author Buzz UK network. In case you are wondering, a certain amount of chaos is normal for the creative mind […]

Chaos and Good Writing



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Getting published is not easy. Getting a literary agent helps but getting an agent is no easy task. This article is an update to one I published on the now retired Thanet Creative Writers website which has now moved into the Author Buzz UK blogging network. The advice in “How to […]

Getting a good literary agent


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A mistake new authors make is to hide what they are doing in fear that someone might steal their ideas. No one is going to steal your ideas – here is why. To illustrate the point, we told Tumblr what we were going to write before we had even written it. […]

Relax, no one is going to steal your ideas


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Researching where to submit short stories can be something of a chore but if you happen to be looking for Sci-Fi magazines accepting submissions (and paying) then you might well be in luck – we have five of them. UK Sci-Fi magazines Interzone Interzone was founded in 1982 and counts Michael Moorcock, Sir Arthur […]

5 Sci-Fi magazines accepting submissions



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With a book, readers know what to expect because the author’s intentions are clear from the title, the cover and the blurb on the back. Are you doing the same with your blog? Recently, we talked about author blogging and what authors could blog about. One thing we did not talk […]

Authors, are you making your intentions clear


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Should authors blog? If so, what should we be blogging about? Blogging, like social media, is often touted as the golden ticket to book sales. It rarely delivers on this promise. Of course, they don’t – there is no such thing as a magic bullet to make sales happen. However, […]

Should authors blog? What should they blog?


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We have given our developer blog a make over and you are the ones who benefit. The fresh new look for our dev blog will help promote you, the members of Author Buzz and your groups. It will do this by showcasing the featured, recently active, and popular members and […]

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