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Make the most of a media kit

JK Rowling has one. Lee Child has one. You should have one too. Simon Whaley explains what to put in your media kit.

THE BUSINESS OF WRITING

Eric James is a children’s author, word tickler and champion asparagus thrower. He’s sold over 2.5 million books in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. How do I know all of this? Because he’s put all this information, and more, in his media kit on his website (www.ericjames.co.uk).

When it comes to the business of writing, we need to make life easy for anyone who might promote us to a wider readership. Perhaps you’ve had an article published and the editor is looking for a short biography and head-and-shoulders photo of you to use in the ‘this month’s contributors’ slot. Or a journalist may have heard, via a press release, that you have a new book coming out, and they’ve got a thirty-minute deadline to write a short feature about you. Where can they find all they need to know about you and your 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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