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A Mystery

September 20th, 2014 // 10:34 am @

The dogs went off on the Coast Path this morning and have just come back.  Thisbe has not a hair out of place, Friday is absolutely filthy.  Have they been on different adventures?

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Treleaver Headlines

September 18th, 2014 // 1:45 pm @

Insight into the daily life of a writer’s best friend.

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Some Dos and Don’ts to help your writing

September 10th, 2014 // 12:26 pm @

Do remember that if you’ve just finished the first draft of your novel it probably needs extensive reworking and several more drafts before it’s ready to send to an agent. But don’t be discouraged. You wouldn’t expect to sell for thousands of pounds the first picture you’ve ever painted, would you? Do read other works […]

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Narrative Themes & Character Development

September 10th, 2014 // 11:36 am @

I have been rereading Tama Janowitz’s 1980s collection of short stories, Slaves of New York recently. And what a brilliant book it is. If you haven’t read it then I thoroughly recommend it. Although the novel is explicitly set in the 1980s the writing is so vivid, and funny, that it continues to sound relevant […]

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July 4th, 2011 // 9:05 am @

Between work and family commitments, it can be difficult to find the time to write. But if you really want to, you can learn to make time for it. As a writer, it’s regular sessions that keep you going and help hone your skills. Don’t put off writing because you think you don’t have time. […]

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April 21st, 2011 // 8:52 am @

To GILES DAOUST of TITLE FILMS, who’s been a client for some years and won gold, silver and bronze awards for best screenplays at the Houston International Film Festival. I helped to edit ‘Painkillers’ (Silver Award, best screenplay, thriller) and ‘Anderson Falls’ (Bronze Award, best screenplay, action/adventure) so I’m doubly thrilled! To ELIZABETH HAYNES, whose […]

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How to write for children

February 11th, 2011 // 9:35 am @

What age group are you writing for? Check out the children’s section of your local bookshop or library and see what’s out there. Sales staff are very helpful with pointing out favourites and best-sellers. Who publishes them? Where would your book fit in? Do your research. Look at publishers’ websites. They are full of information […]

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Fiona Egglestone, first-time novelist

October 20th, 2010 // 1:27 pm @

Diane’s input has been invaluable to my work. Her insightful comments, excellent line-editing skills and above all, her understanding of what I was trying to achieve have kept me going and constantly spurred me on. Diane has guided me through the process of completing my first draft, helping me shape the plot and develop my […]

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Andrew Kakabadse

August 26th, 2010 // 1:38 pm @

What a great editor. Diane Johnstone helped me creatively rethink and reposition my book. She is one of the few editors that truly works together with the author very much in a partnership mode. If you want an editor to really support and help you, contact Diane Johnstone.

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Frances Midson

August 26th, 2010 // 1:37 pm @

Diane is exactly what you want from a writer’s best friend. She’s a kind and encouraging voice on the end of the phone with a great sense of humour, and a lot of wisdom. But she’s also a brilliant editor who questions characters, sub-plots and even the words used to make sure that all of […]

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