Thursday, 15 September 2016

Breaking News for September

This September, C.F. Dunn celebrates the release of Fearful Symmetry - the fifth and final book in The Secret Of The Journal series published by Lion Fiction.

‘Caught in the lights like a rabbit, Rosie hesitated. "Run, Rosie, run!" I cried, gasping for breath, and she spun around and dashed towards the steps. From the perimeter fence behind us, strong, thin beams of light jerked wildly in the gloaming as black-coated figures climbed over and advanced at a steady run, spreading out like spiders on a web.’

In the final book in The Secret Of The Journal series, how can Emma and Matthew escape when the past is only one step behind them and the enemy unknown? When history catches up and past and present collide, where is there left to hide but the future?

Fran Hill is reading at Birmingham's Waterstones on Sunday 9 October to help launch What Haunts the Heart, an anthology of short stories about 'obsession, regrets and fractured souls' published by Mantle Lane Press. Her story A Clean Slate appears in the anthology. The launch at Waterstones, from 2-3pm, forms part of the Birmingham Literature Festival, running from 6-16 October.

Wendy H. Jones released Her book The Dagger's Curse,  published by Books to Treasure, on 10th September in Waterstones, Dundee. This is the first book in The Fergus and Flora Mysteries.

An ancient Egyptian dagger. A hungry curse. A city under siege. 

In the dead of night the ancient dagger is stolen from the museum in Dundee. As mysterious accidents, illness and even death stalk the city, the Detective Duo, Fergus Bernstein and Flora MacDonald, follow clues that lead them into ever increasing danger. Can they find the dagger and break the curse before it’s too late?

You can buy signed copies from her website 

You can find out more on Amazon

ACW Writers day and AGM

Saturday 8th October, 2016   Time 10:00 - 16:00
St Paul's Church    
50 Long Lane, Finchley, London, N3 2PU

The Writing Experience with guest speakers

Andrew Chamberlain and Amy Boucher Pye

Andrew Chamberlain is a writer and creative writing tutor,and presenter of The Creative Writer’s Toolbelt, a podcast hat gives practical, accessible advice on the writing craft. He has published fiction commercially and as a self-published author. Andrew will be speaking on Capturing your reader
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Amy Boucher Pye is an experienced editor, writer and speaker, and her memoir Finding Myself in Britain was published in 2015. She has also written devotionals and Bible studies. Amy will be speaking on Discovering and Unleashing your creativity.

Ali Hull is a Commissioning Editor for Lion Hudson plc, and works on books aimed at adults, both Christians and non-Christians. She is also involved in Writers Essentials, a feedback and coaching service for authors. Ali will be available for 10 minute slots for you to pitch your book idea and get feedback. Bookings essential.

Cost: members: £22 pre booked, £27 at the door
         Non Members: £27 pre booked, £32 at the door
Cost includes break time drinks and snacks. Please bring a packed lunch

You can find out more and book on the website events page

My third tip for selling more books. Come along to the writers day and network with other writers. You can also sell your books on the ACW bookstall.

First Page Courses 

ACW member Andrew Chamberlain of First Page Courses has announced the Autumn course. The First Page Courses team comprise ACW member and speaker Andrew J Chamberlain, Mark Finnie, Church and Bible Engagement Director from Biblica, and the editor and journalist Emma Newrick. The 2016 course will run from 31st October to 4th November, and this year their focus is:

-        Blogging
-        Building your platform and profile as an author
-        Our genre focus is the Crime Novel. 

The guest speakers for this year are:

-         ACW’s very own webmaster Wendy H Jones self-published author of the best selling DI Shona McKenzie series, who will be speaking to us about how to develop an author platform. 
-         Award-winning author Mari Hannah, author of the Kate Daniels series, who will be speaking on  the crime novel genre
-         Award-winning local blogger Beth Pipe, who will be talking about developing and building a blog.

This year the fee for the course, which includes full board accommodation is £475, or £250 for part of the week: either Monday to Wednesday – to hear Beth and Mari, or Wednesday to Friday to hear Mari and Wendy.

For more details check the website: or email us at

My second tip for selling more books is to make sure your books are the best they can be. If you're a crime writer then this course will tick every box to help you write and sell your books. No matter what genre you write in it is worth coming along for the blogging and promotion days. 

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