Five top tips for writing a book series

Five top tips for writing a book series

There are a lot of good reasons to write a book series: it allows you to spend more time with the characters you’ve invested in, you can make repeated use of all the research you’ve done for your setting (something that historical fiction is particularly heavy on, of...
Review: The King’s Spy

Review: The King’s Spy

The English Civil War presents its fair share of challenges for novelists. One of the toughest hurdles is to get the reader invested in a conflict in which neither side can, in retrospect, claim the mantle of ‘the good guys’. It takes a talented author to break...
Review: The Last Roundhead

Review: The Last Roundhead

In a market where formulaic fiction is churned out an ever-increasing pace, The Last Roundhead has a rare distinction indeed – it is something truly different, a genre-bending gem that mixes laughter with melancholy, substance with frivolity, and vulgarity with...
Review: Heresy by S. J. Parris

Review: Heresy by S. J. Parris

I’ve just finished Heresy by S. J. Parris, the first in her Giordano Bruno historical thriller series, and I enjoyed it so much that I decided a review is in order. Set in 1583, Heresy introduces us to an England riven by religious strife. The English Reformation has...
How to hook your reader in chapter one

How to hook your reader in chapter one

The first chapter of your novel – or your prologue if you prefer – must contain a compelling opening hook, giving the reader a taste of what’s to come and persuading them that the rest of your story isn’t to be missed. Get it right and your reader will commit to your...
A guide to capitalising titles and ranks

A guide to capitalising titles and ranks

If you’ve ever had a hard time wrapping your head around when you should and shouldn’t capitalise words like ‘sergeant’, ‘doctor’, ‘queen’, and ‘sir’, you can be safe in the knowledge that you’re not alone. Probably about half of the manuscripts I edit contain...