Bits and Pieces

This page contains some useful advice by others in the writing world as well as links to others who provide associated services.

Writing support

Getting your text ready
Copy Editing
Copy Editing vs Proof Reading
Developmental Editing
Editing your own work before sending it to your editor
Options for Fiction Manuscript evaluation
Working with illustrators
Author-Editor relationships
Images in e-books
Why book covers are rejected

Almost everything you need to know about ISBNs
New ISBN required?

Want to use something by a famous author? check the copyright at The WATCH File
The UK Copyright legislation is a useful detailed document.
The UK Copyright Service provides a good overview.
IGLC has more detailed guidance/information.
Specifically on film copyright and using film, this code of practice is helpful.
An update on image copyright fees

Using real people in your fiction writing
The right of publicity
Invasion of privacy

Fanfiction – legalities around using it and pubishing it.

Aspects of writing

How strong is your dialogue?
Grammar mistakes?

Best cliffhanger endings

Next steps for your published book
Getting your book translated
Writing in multiple genres

Helpful people

Blackbird Literary Agency

Alison Gilbert
Lynne Baybut

History editing and proofing
Dr Christopher Brice is an experienced military historian, editor, and researcher. Between 2015 and 2023 he worked as the series and commissioning editor for Helion & Co Ltd’s From Musket to Maxim, 1815-1914 series. In this work he has overseen through the various stages to print just over 40 books. He is therefore experienced in preparing manuscripts for print.
His PhD, ‘The Military Career of General Sir Henry Brackenbury’, part of a joint research agreement between De Montfort University and the war studies department of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, involved considerable archival research. His thesis was the basis for his first book, The Thinking Man’s Soldier, a full biography of General Sir Henry Brackenbury. He is the author of two other books (Brave as a Lion, and Forgotten Victorian Generals), along with contributing a chapter to Professor Stephen M Miller’s book Queen Victoria’s Wars. He has a wide understanding of global conflict during the nineteenth and early twentieth century.
Contact Chris at chrismbrice[@] – remember to remove the square bracket.

Cover designer

Colin Rowe designed the cover for Battle for Hurungwe

Duncan Bourne designed the cover for Archibald’s Aunt

Ben Baldwin designed the cover for This and That designed the cover and flyer for The Celebration Husband

Prodeepta Das designed the cover/poster for When Chaplin met Gandhi

Pauline Grande Lopez designed the cover for When Rhys fell out a tree

Copyright free images available from the New York Metropolitan Museum and Second Wind, Pixabay

Kirsty Adegboro, KAD Indexing and Translation Services

TSL children/young people authors available through Peters