How to be a Writer

Secrets from the Inside

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • Price: £9.99
  • Publication date: 7 January 2013
  • ISBN: 9781849533454

About the book

In this updated and expanded edition, Stewart Ferris uses his industry know-how to give you all the tips, tricks and inside knowledge you will need to become a successful writer, covering all types of writing from books to scripts and beyond. This accessible and informative guide is packed with advice to equip you with the skills you need to launch a writing career:

• Using your ‘voice’ as your USP

• Learning to love criticism

• Surprising solutions to writer’s block

• Avoiding submission blunders

• Using e–publishing to sell your work

So what are you waiting for? Pick up your pen, open your laptop and fire up your imagination. Whichever tools you choose, the time to start is now.


'Stewart Ferris makes every tricky step on the complex journey to becoming a successful writer seem simple and - hosanna - enjoyable!'

Greg Mosse, creative writing tutor and author of Secrets of the Labyrinth

'Everything you need to know, from typewriters to Twitter.'

Kate Lord Brown, author of The Perfume Garden

'Having seen the publishing industry from all sides, no one is better qualified to talk about the art and business of writing than Stewart Ferris. In Stewart's trademark friendly, engaging style, How to Be a Writer illuminates and demystifies and leaves you raring to get to your keyboard. He's the writing mentor I wish I'd had!'

Chrissie Manby, author of 25 books including Kate's Wedding and Getting Over Mr Right

'Fun and informative, this book will entertain you on your path to actually becoming a writer.'

Imogen Lloyd Webber, author

'Thoroughly recommend this book! It was the kick up the backside I needed to have a serious stab at writing a novel. Thanks to Stewart's expertise and simple uncomplicated prose I found the confidence within to press ahead with the daunting task of securing an agent. Knowing that knock backs were normal, I kept going when previously I may have given up which led to being offered a publishing deal with Penguin. OK so I didn't exactly follow his advice to a tee and finish the book - I was offered a publishing deal on only 22 pages and was signed up to an agent on only a handful of pages - but it goes to show that with the right direction and substance, anything is possible! Stewart's books on writing and publishing are second to none and I am forever recommending them to the friends and strangers who ask me how I started out, and what books worked for me.'

Lotte Daley, author of Faking It

'New Year's resolution - start that novel! And here's a book to help you along the way with plenty of practical tips'


‘Ideal for writers who are just setting out but who have little idea how to go about it.’

Writing magazine

‘… no one is better qualified to talk about the art and business of writing than Stewart Ferris. … He’s the writing mentor I wish I’d had!’

Chrissie Manby