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Martha Ashby talks New Adult

**Have you been hearing the term ‘New Adult’ bandied about a lot lately? If you’re not sure what it is and what the difference between NA or YA, here’s our women’s fiction Assistant Editor Martha Ashby to help sort you out…** So my new favourite thing in publishing is New Adult (or NA, although only when I’m typing in a rush). The quickest way to explain it is to imagine Twilight crossed with Fifty Shades, minus the vampires and the spanking (can I say spanking on here?) – but really, that doesn’t do it justice. It’s all the passion and longing and angst and emotion of Young Adult writing, often with a nice hefty dose of sexytimes as the lead characters discover themselves and each…

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Richard’s teen reads

To round up our team’s trip down memory lane, here are Richard’s favourite books when he was a teenager… Unfortunately Romance titles were not at the top of my list as a teenager. In fact I was more of a sci-fi and horror fan! As a kid I loved Doctor Who, and after it was cancelled, a series of books was launched aimed at the adult market. I read dozens of them, both good and bad, until the release schedule was accelerated and I couldn’t keep up…probably a good thing because otherwise I would never have found time to read anything else. From there I moved onto James Herbert. As a kid, the lurid covers of title like “The Rats” and “The Fog” on display…

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Katie’s social media tips

Many authors sign up to social media because they’ve been told they have to by their agent or publisher or on a blog on how to promote their writing. But once there, they’re not sure what to do! How much can you talk about your book? What should you write about? What happens if someone sends you a horrible message on Facebook? If you’re not sure how to strike the right tone as an author hopefully these tips from Digital Marketing Manager Katie will help… 1. Social media is not a sales tool Having a presence on social media CAN sell books. But your presence should not just be about promoting yourself and your writing. Talk about things that are interesting to you. Have an…

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Kim’s teen reads

Sticking with our theme of our favourite things as teens, you can see by Kim’s collage that she was clearly the most sporting of our team! David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and even her local football team make an appearance… And in terms of her reading? My YA selections are going to be two old and two new… The two I read when I was a teenager: Polo – Jilly Cooper Wow, the dashing Rupert Campbell Black, the lovely Taggie – I always aspired to be called Coltish…but let’s be honest, even in 4 inch heels I’m still not tall ;-( I think every teenage girl should read Jilly as a right of passage… Flowers in the Attic – Virginia Andrews I discovered a love of…

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Katie’s teen reads

Continuing the theme of YA and New Adult reads, today Katie pulls together the books she remembers most from when she was a teenager. What are yours? I completely know where Charlotte is coming from with her teenage crushes. I also loved Pacey and Leo. Romeo and Juliet – what a film! And then Titanic came out when I was 16 and Blew My Mind. No, I didn’t see it every day for a month, as I know some people in my year wanted to do, but it did solidify my love of Leonardo di Caprio. But my ultimate teenage crush was definitely Jared Leto in My So-Called Life. GOD – Angela and Jordan Catelano making out in the boiler room was so hot. My…

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