Writing advice

Writing blog:

On the blog, you’ll also find my “Diary of a hopeful author”. Since I began trying to get published, wayme b & w back in 2012, I’ve been writing the blogy weekly, documenting the journey – and boy has it been one.

These days, now I’m published (yay!) I not only write about what that’s like, life as an author, but also give out top tips I’ve picked up along the way that will hopefully help others, like you, to pick up their pens, turn on their laptops and keep writing.

If you’re an aspiring author looking for tips and answers, take a read.

The best advice, though, that I can give you is simply to write. That’s it. Keep on writing and you’ll get closer to your goal. Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚



Calling all aspiring authors! Next year I’ll be running a creative writing course on “How to get published.”

I’ll be sharing all my experience and advice in how the publishing industry works and, crucially, what you need to doNikki Owen tutoring to break into it.

So if you’ve got an idea for a novel, have written a draft already or simply fancy finding out how it all works, this is for you.

It will be held at Hawkwood College, Stroud, Gloucestershire (UK) on 26th July, 2016. Full course details to follow. To contact the college in the meantime, click here **

6 thoughts on “Writing advice

  1. Good fun to meet you at Hucclecote last Wednesday, Nikki. Really enjoyed listening to your ideas and the whole writing, publishing process. Jessica was very impressed with you! I have a few ideas milling around and am using your idea of a morning book. We shall see how things develop. Regards, Judith

    1. Hi Judith! How lovely to hear from you. It was an hour and a real pleasure to meet you and Jess last week. Really glad you liked the chat as much as I liked chatting – I do love to talk (as you may have noticedโ€ฆ) Good luck with all the writing – Jess, too, she’s an amazing person, and so sharp and witty. Anything you want to quiz me on, just go for it. In the meantime, have a great week, and hi to Jess for me. All the best, Nikki x

  2. Hi Nikki,
    I was at the Lovely Hawkswood this week and saw your upcoming course so I looked you up.
    I would be interested to know who published your book, The Spider in the Corner of the Room. I have read an excellent review online – congratulations. But I don’t see the name of the publisher.
    So far I am leaning towards the self publishing route, and wonder if you have any thoughts on the pros and cons. It would be lovely to have an agent though – a novelist friend, Claire Dyer, said she earns little on UK sales and far more on foreign rights. I am thinking of coming along in July, health permitting ๐Ÿ™‚ Will the info be relevant to a non-fiction author?
    You are not too far from us here in Swindon. I haven’t been for a while, but our monthly writing group might be more than delighted to feature you one month. If you are interested just get in touch with me for contact information. Search online for “contact Katherine T Owen”

    1. Hi Katherine – lovely to meet you and so fantastic to hear you are busy writing! I’m published, in the UK & commonwealth countries, by Harper Collins (imprint HQ) and I guess my advice would be to go with whatever publishing route you feel best fits you. I always wanted to get an agent and having one takes out the stress of seeking a publisher, plus they are hot on not only negotiating contracts and deals, but making sure you’re fully protected and all accounted for, too (thing like, as you mentioned, foreign rights, audio contracts, subsidiary rights, film, TV etcโ€ฆ). If you have a non-fiction book/idea, then yep – absolutely the course would be of use. It’s basically geared to any one who wants to get published across genres.

      Hope that all helps. And yes, Hawkwood is beautiful! very lucky to live so near it. Hope all your writing goes well, and it would be lovely to see you in July -I’ll try and bring a bit of summer sun shine ๐Ÿ™‚

      Warmest wishes


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