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  • SilverWood Books - Taking Creative Writing Workshops into Schools
    approach and then made the initial contact for me When positive responses came in she handed over to me to make arrangements On Thursday 6th February my career turned full circle In the sixties I taught for two years in an English secondary school before my career took a different turn Now I found myself fifty years later back in the classroom I had sent the first three chapters of my story to the school librarian two weeks earlier so that the students could read them before the workshop My optimistic lesson plan for the 90 minutes looked like this Introductions and general chat about writing Any questions Check comprehension of the text and general interest in it Show how I had melded real history with the lies which are the fiction and give the students a True False exercise identifying which things in the text were real and which I had made up With a descriptive narrative show pictures of people events and scenery which had inspired the plot Encourage as much discussion as possible highlight the use of adjectives The students to be asked to write a description of a person from a photograph Same exercise describing scenery General writing tips As soon as I started I realised that disaster was in the offing Some students had read the three chapters assiduously some had read one chapter one had read one page and one nothing at all Deft footwork was needed I solved the problem by putting the students in small groups all of which included someone who had done their homework Nevertheless Step 1 was of limited success Steps 2 and 3 worked well Step 4 was best of all There was no time for Step 5 Lessons learned Take blank stick on labels for the children

    Original URL path: http://www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk/learning-zone/taking-creative-writing-workshops-into-schools (2016-02-16)
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  • SilverWood Books - Indexing Your Book
    published book which includes the page numbers of where each reference can be found in the text Essentially an index is a map of the content of a book and it can be invaluable in helping a reader navigate their way around that content and locate very specific references What sort of books need an index All non fiction books should have an index Fiction is read and used in a different way so most novels don t need an index However any work of fiction that s intended to be read multiple times and in detail could feature an index Isn t a contents page enough Sometimes a detailed contents page will be suitable but the more sophisticated the content of a book the more a professionally compiled index is needed Even with a detailed contents page readers can be left with a large amount of information to search through before finding what they are looking for This can lead to frustration and wasted time and even critical reviews Can I write my own index If you re a professional indexer of course But if you ve no experience of indexing then doing it yourself isn t recommended Compiling an index requires experience and a detailed skill set Professional indexers are highly trained individuals who can analyze meaning identify related concepts and synonyms and resolve ambiguities They re able to translate the terms that you use in your writing into the terms that readers may search for It is much more complicated than putting together a list of keywords What about automatic indexing software Sounds great doesn t it Sadly software doesn t produce a reliable and fully functioning index It will merely hunt for a list of key words and will almost never give your readers what they

    Original URL path: http://www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk/learning-zone/indexing-your-book (2016-02-16)
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  • SilverWood Books - Research and historical fiction - blending the facts
    fantasy not historical fiction A famous person in an original setting you want to imagine a famous person doing something they never did or in a place they never visited There are novels featuring Edgar Allan Poe Jane Austen Shakespeare and many others as detectives Tom Stoppard s play Travesties brings together Lenin James Joyce and Tristan Tzara BUT there are things you will have to stay true to if your Shakespeare isn t an actor and if he doesn t write plays then he s not Shakespeare NB if you do change something and think it s important for people to know you could include a historical note at the end of your story How much research should I include The reader needs to be given enough information to enable them to follow the story but don t let the history get in the way One thing that s almost certain about your research is that you won t use a tenth of it And that can feel like a shame when you ve got all the information and it s really exciting stuff too So you stop half way through a scene to write about the way gloves were manufactured in the nineteenth century because you read all about it and it really is fascinating Now this might work if the story s about a relationship between the wealthy owner of the gloves and the poor sweated seamstress who made them But if it s just that your character is wearing a pair of gloves then all it does is stop the action and bore any readers who aren t interested in how gloves are made Of course there is a place for the telling detail the one that tells the reader something about character time or place If you tell me that someone is wearing brand new handmade white kid gloves I can guess quite a lot about that character He s rich and he doesn t have to get his hands dirty But don t include something just because you don t want to waste all that hard work or you think it makes an interesting aside NB If you want to write about an interesting detail how gloves were made you could do an article or a blog about it How do I fit the research in Be very careful of the information dump We all know what it is We get pages of clumsy back story or exposition often in dialogue that begins with three little words likely to send a shiver down any reader s spine As you know As you know King Charles I raised his standard at Nottingham in 1643 Why would someone be telling someone something if they already know it On the other hand there s no reason why you can t have one character explain something to another People do it all the time But be careful to avoid long lectures If you do give out large chunks

    Original URL path: http://www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk/learning-zone/research-and-historical-fiction-blending-the-facts (2016-02-16)
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  • SilverWood Books - News: Trade Secrets: Speaking at Events and Festivals
    if I would take part in a second talk called Researching your novel Liz would talk about general and historical research and I would follow with tips for researching imaginary settings This didn t apply only to my Roma Nova series alternative historical thrillers but also to science fiction and fantasy writing The day starting with Liz talking about plotting and how everything setting structure research conflict and character winds into and around it Despite a technical failure with the projector until halfway through her talk she carried on gamely from her notes This was down to two things she knew her subject and wasn t spooked by the setback Tip Practice practice and practice beforehand and ensure you have prompt cards so you can continue with your talk when a technical failure sends your lovely PowerPoint presentation into the abyss Next was our joint session on research Liz and I knew each other already through the Romantic Novelists Association but we discussed beforehand the structure of the session how long we d each speak for and exactly what each of us would be saying Tip If presenting jointly or sitting on a panel communicate with your fellow speakers well before the day If you don t sort out content and running order beforehand you not only look incompetent but the audience doesn t get its money s worth When I chaired the self publishing panel at the Historical Novelist Society conference in Denver this year I set out rules about not mentioning our own books and emphasising the audience s requirements as well as consulting with them extensively on topics Self or indie publishing is far more complex today and needs forethought and dedication to do it successfully In my hour s talk I interspersed the good the bad

    Original URL path: http://www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk/news/2016/jan/12/trade-secrets-speaking-at-events-and-festivals (2016-02-16)
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  • SilverWood Books - News: Launches, Lectures and the Cavell Centenary
    have been in publishing for almost forty years and have given a few speeches at the launches of other people s books this was the first for my own book I almost didn t get to Brussels because of a train strike and I had also given a lecture in Norwich only two days before Obviously the two most important places for my book were Norwich near where Edith Cavell was born and where she is buried and Brussels where she and my great aunt Amy lived I contacted the Norwich Edith Cavell website about my book at the end of 2014 before submitting the finished text to SilverWood in January I was asked if I would like to speak in October this year at The Forum in Norwich I have researched and guided people around ancient buildings I had been an actress and recently read many audiobooks but I hadn t actually given a lecture for an hour But bravely I said yes They asked whether I would charge I thought about the train fare and hotel and decided that maybe 5 would be fair and cheap An author friend then told me that she was aghast that I was charging so I immediately emailed Norwich sorry free of course I panicked How many words are there in an hour s lecture I looked online there were some helpful tips The rules seemed to be never talk for more than forty five minutes because that s when people start falling asleep time it and practise it stand up be entertaining and above all lots of eye contact keep your thumb on the page it s the same guidance as for map reading My eventual lecture was just under 8 000 words I had been told that lots of publicity

    Original URL path: http://www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk/news/2015/oct/28/launches-lectures-and-the-cavell-centenary (2016-02-16)
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  • SilverWood Books - News: IPR License Brings New Opportunities
    years would have dreamed of being on a long list never mind a short one but this was exactly what happened when her unpublished book Twin Stars and a Mother From Mars was shortlisted for this month s Agent s Pick an opportunity linked with registering with IPR License IPR is a platform on which to list and license literary rights so publishers and agents can find the best new content in a global marketplace Launched in 2012 IPR License quickly became partners with award winning literary agent Andrew Lownie and introduced Agent s Pick This has become a monthly promotion where five unpublished manuscripts are featured to over 50 000 publishers in 90 countries and the winner will also receive a professional written critique SilverWood works with IPR License offering an opportunity for discounted registration for SilverWood signed authors and opening up a wide variety of avenues and opportunities For Tru Spencer this is the Frankfurt Book Fair Frankfurt the world s largest trade book fair is considered to be the most important for international trading and deals and is a great example of the contacts IPR License holds and which SilverWood authors can now tap into IPR License produces a catalogue for distribution in the Rights Centre at Frankfurt and pre Fair will be promoting highlighted titles via email to over 50 000 publishers and agents from over 90 countries Tru Spencer s book describing the highs and lows of IVF and her journey to have the family she dreamed of will now be featured in this prestigious catalogue as a direct result of winning the monthly prize The publicity IPR License offers is an ideal venture for self publishing and indie authors or even those looking for new ways to get their books noticed by a wider

    Original URL path: http://www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk/news/2013/aug/22/ipr-license-brings-opportunities-for-novelist (2016-02-16)
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  • SilverWood Books - News: Introducing our new 3-part Online Video Campaign
    trailer video campaign for authors and their books The professionally produced Online Video Campaign service offers three great opportunities to promote your book through your website social media or networking sites driving more traffic over a longer period to raise your author profile increase promotional opportunities generate interest and support book sales Overlook film maker Tony O Callaghan says I see no reason why all books couldn t be promoted in this way people spend so much time shopping online now that attracting attention through video will be an absolute necessity to help stand out from the crowd What is the Online Video Campaign package Rather than a single book trailer this sophisticated campaign builds momentum over a period of time using a 3 trailer structure Teaser Trailer 30 secs max to include you talking about your book a still image of your book music where appropriate final shot footage of your book and appropriate props and a call to action with details of where to find and purchase your book Trailer Two 1 min max to include all of the above plus more about and from you the author to build up a sense of both the book and you Final Trailer 1 min max combination of best bits of the above plus remaining footage and material Finally Call to action details of where to find and purchase your book Why a three trailer approach Tony explains In the same way that movies are promoted over a period of time before release with teasers and trailers books too can follow that model It will help to ratchet up the interest in the book over a few weeks months driving people back time and again to the author s site or FB page By making each trailer slightly different with

    Original URL path: http://www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk/news/2013/may/17/introducing-our-new-3-part-online-video-campaign (2016-02-16)
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  • SilverWood Books - Fiction
    Jones Paperback 8 99 Interpol Confidential Michael E Rose Paperback 10 99 Juliet s Story Fenella Forster 11 99 Echo Marguerite Valentine 9 99 2016 Desktop Calendar SilverWood Books 4 99 Six Lies Ben Adams paperback 9 99 In the Shadow of the Storm Anna Belfrage Paperback 10 99 Isabella of Angoulême Erica Lainé Paperback 8 99 Cuckoo Clock New York Elisabeth Marrion Paperback 8 99 Siberian Summer Peter St

    Original URL path: http://www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk/silverwood-bookshop/fiction (2016-02-16)
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