Friday, 30 November 2012

Lauren Hadden to edit We Love This Book

Lauren Hadden is the new editor for The Bookseller’s sister consumer books magazine We Love This Book. 

Hadden started her career as a children’s section manager at Eason’s and had the role of culture and books editor on Ireland’s Image magazine. She has also worked for Transworld Ireland and the Lisa Richard’s Agency in Dublin.

Launched in July 2011, Hadden joined the title on 14th November and can be contacted on

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

What’s in a name? Choosing names for your characters

Crime writer Pauline Rowson discusses choosing names for characters.

Getting the right name for characters in a novel can be a tricky business. Sometimes they come to me completely out of the blue, as I am creating a character, other times I will struggle to find the name that best suits that particular character and until I do the personality refuses to come fully alive.

I have always had this thing about people looking like their names.  When I’m introduced to someone I will think yes, you are a Jacqueline or a Malcolm. Other times I will think, oh no, you’re definitely a Karen or a Wayne. And so it is with the characters I am creating. The name has to fit. If it’s not right then the character isn’t right. The name also needs to fit with the age and nationality although you can have exceptions.

Readers often ask me where I get my characters names from.  When seeking inspiration for first names I turn to my little book of baby’s names or I will look up web sites of baby’s names.  I also keep an ear out for any unusual or interesting names when meeting people and will jot these down.

Read  the full article here: What’s in a name? A great deal claims crime author Pauline Rowson

Monday, 26 November 2012

New Literary Agency Dedicated to Children and YA Fiction

Former commissioning editor of Piccadilly Press Anne Clark has left to start her own literary agency dedicated to children’s and Young Adult authors. Clark has previously been the editorial director at Hodder Children’s Books and helped to launch theF careers of teen authors such as Caroline Green and Laura Summers.

Clark can be contacted on or through her website

Friday, 9 November 2012

Entries now accepted for CWA Debut Dagger Award 2013

The Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) has announced the Debut Dagger competition for 2013.

 The Debut Dagger is open to entries until 2 February 2013, and is for authors who have not previously had a commercial novel published. Shortlisted entries will be announced at CrimeFest in Bristol in May 2013, and the winner will be announced at the CWA Awards in July. To enter, you need to submit the first 3000 words of a novel and a synopsis of a further 500-1000 word. It costs £25.

The winner will receive a £700 prize. All the shortlisted authors in 2013 will be given a free Manuscript Assessment from the CWA. Crime fiction experts at the CWA will critique the book providing detailed feedback.

Click here to find out more about the Debut Dagger.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Headline Publishers Promote Staff

Headline has promoted two editorial staff members, with Vicki Mellor moving up to become deputy publishing director.

Mellor will take on a brief to expand Headline's publishing in the crime and thriller area. She is currently the editor for authors including Karen Rose, Lisa Gardner and Andy McDermott. Mellor will continue to report to publishing director Imogen Taylor.

Headline is also promoting Frankie Gray to the role of commissioning editor, crossover fiction, with effect from 5th November. Gray will acquire and edit Headline's YA and crossover fiction, and will report to director of publishing Marion Donaldson.