Barbara Copperthwaite



June 2017

My top business tips on how to become a successful author via @Frostmag


‘What is the point unless we manage to successfully make people aware of our novels?’

The business of books isn’t discussed very often. We authors prefer to talk about the writing process, and how to improve our prose. But what is the point unless we manage to successfully make people aware of our novels? That’s where a business plan does in handy. And today, over on Frost Magazine, I’m sharing my own tips (plus some of the mistakes I’ve made!)

Frost Magazine is an online lifestyle magazine featuring up-to-date news, reviews, interviews and articles, and it often runs author interviews. It’s definitely worth checking out! Today, pop over and you’ll learn:

  • How I divide my time between writing and promoting
  • The three-year plan I’ve just completed
  • Why I changed from self-published indie author to signing with a publisher
  • PLUS a sneaky insight into the book I’m currently writing!

To find out more, click here.

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‘I had trouble putting it down!’ Kelly’s Thoughts & Ramblings reviews INVISIBLE via @KsrgmcK

‘What an exciting book!’

I’m so proud of the fact that, over three years after publication, INVISIBLE is still being discovered by new readers. The latest wonderful review is from a lovely blog called Kelly’s Thoughts & Ramblings.

‘What an exciting book!’ Kelly writes, adding that ‘it certainly made me think about consequences I might never before have considered.’

In fact, she enjoyed INVISIBLE so much that she is planning the read THE DARKEST LIES (she already whizzed through FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD and loved it!).

To read Kelly’s brilliant review in full, please click here.

Invisible is currently Number 5 in Noir in the USA, as well as being a genre bestseller in Canada and the UK. Not bad for three-year-old novel, eh?!


PhotoFiction: Fiona Ford shares #writing inspirations @Fionajourno @orionbooks #authorinterview


Authors reveal the images that inspired 100,000 words

THIS WEEK: Fiona Ford reveals how a photograph of the queen helped launch her life as an author…



Fiona Ford is a former ghost writer with a thirst for books and history. As a child she adored listening to her grandfather talk about his time in the navy during World War Two. Although Fiona went on to develop a successful career as a national journalist, she never forgot her passion for the past. Now, Fiona has combined her love of writing with her love of days gone by in The Spark Girl, the first in a series of wartime sagas published by Orion. Find out more at Fiona’s website: or follow her on Twitter @Fionajourno.


FIONA SAYS: I’ve got a confession to make. I probably owe my writing career to the Queen. Yes, her majesty herself inspired my debut novel, because it’s this photo of her leaning against an Army vehicle that propelled me to write the historical saga, The Spark Girl.

It tells the story of Kitty who loses the love of her life at the start of World War Two and joins the Auxiliary Territorial Services (ATS), the women’s branch of the British Army… TO READ MORE, CLICK HERE

BLOOD TYPE: Ben McPherson @TheBenMcPherson @HarperCollinsUK #writingtips #writerslife


CRIME AUTHORS SPILL THEIR GUTS ABOUT WRITING. Every Thursday top-notch authors of psychological thrillers and crime fiction share their writing secrets – and the secrets to their success – with you and me.

“Handling rejection is a large part of the job [of being a writer]. ”

This week: Ben McPherson

Tell us about yourself…

I’m Scottish and live in Norway, where I write psychological thrillers about good people doing very bad things.

My wife is Norwegian and wanted to give birth close to her family and friends, so we came for six months and never quite left. I was working at the BBC as a television producer, and for a while I lived in London and we saw each other at weekends, but four years ago I moved here properly. Now I have two Norwegian sons and three naturalised cats. Television feels like someone else’s life.

Norway is a strange and lovely place. There’s a kindness and a generosity of spirit amongst the people. People here will tell you it’s the happiest country on Earth, and in many ways it is, especially in summer, but once you look below that seductive placid surface, there are undercurrents, of course. The suicide rate is high; many people take antidepressants.

These contradictions make Norway a compelling place for a writer. My first book, A Line of Blood, is set in London, but my second is set here. There’s something about the country and the landscape that seeps into your soul. You’re so affected by the endlessness of the winter and the short, very intense summers.



How do you pick character names? Do any have special meaning to you?

I pick names of people I like. And then I throw them away and pick better names as I write, and start to know my own characters and how I expect them to think and behave. Sometimes there are small clues in a name that I don’t expect anyone else to get…TO READ IN FULL, CLICK HERE

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