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Dear Reader

Oh to be an author, whiling away the hours in an ivory tower gently rubbing words against each other. Okay, maybe it wasn’t quite that fanciful in your head, but at some stage, we’ve all been drawn to the notion of a writer’s life, complete with not entirely accurate assumptions about what that actually entails. I suppose it’s only fitting that as writers we’ve collectively dreamt up this fantastical mythology about the way things were for our forebears and how much more easily they could live for their art. But while that was never quite true, it can’t be denied that the 21st century writer must master many more skills, and keep track of a much wider range of activities, than was expected even thirty years ago. Dazed and confused, we flit between being our own publicists, salespeople, archivists, social media managers (a new role, granted)… some of us even double up as designers and proofreaders. Occasionally, if we’re lucky, there’s time to squeeze in the odd bit of writing.

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In this month's issue of the UK's bestselling magazine for writers, we show you how to sell your book, with tips on how to get your book into bookshops and why, and how, you need to assemble a press pack. In the June issue, you can find out how facing up to failure as a writer can be the first step to success. Learn how to use a second person 'you' narrator in your fiction, and explore the opening of seminal adventure novel King Solomon's Mines. Our star interview is Alison Weir, discussing combining historical rigour with fiction vigour in her Six Tudor Queens series of novels. Keep up to date with the latest competitions and opportunities to get into print in the packed pages of the latest Writers News.

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