How to – and how not to – run an online writing community. And publishing post Covid. Interview with literary agent Peter Cox of @Litopia @agentPete

So, you want to know all about Litopia? Roz talks to Peter Cox …

Nail Your Novel

You’ve seen the posts here about Peter Cox’s writing community Litopia – the home of Pop-Up Submissions, where manuscripts are critiqued live on air by writers, readers and a chat room. Sometimes the guest critic is me! I’ve always been impressed with the show. For a start, it looks amazingly slick. But underneath that is a genuine love of books and reading, who value writing that is done well.

On one of our pre-show chats Peter remarked: ‘someone should write a piece about literary communities. I’ve made every mistake in the book.’

Someone definitely should, I said.

So here we are. We also talk about the publishing world post-Covid: what might publishers be looking for? What do readers want? Can that question even be answered yet?

But first, Litopia.

Roz Tell me about Litopia. What is it, how long has it been running, how big is it now? What made…

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You READ – but do you leave REVIEWS? – by Chris Graham (aka The Story Reading Ape)

Please, I beg you, please read … writers everywhere need you

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

PLEASE

A stack of books and words Read - Review - RepeatIf not, why not?

I don’t have time

The author probably spent a heck of a lot more time writing the story than you took to read it, no matter how slow you think you are, so why not take a few minutes to record your feelings about it.

I can’t write long fancy reviews like those I see on book review blogs

You don’t have to, Amazon, for example, only ask you to use a minimum of 25 non repeating words.

I can’t express myself very well

No-one is asking you to produce a literary masterpiece, start off with things you liked, didn’t like or a mix of both about the book, e.g.,

I liked this book because –

it reminded me of –

it made me think about –

it made me so scared I couldn’t sleep for –

it made me feel homesick for –

it…

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TDF

There's a lot of stuff around the world that's stopped for this year, but when I found out the TDF was going ahead, I adapted my routine to ensure I got to see at least some of it. Okay, all of it. No sleep, no proper meals, a complete change of schedule. Except the writing, … Continue reading TDF

Liars & Thieves, a Book Launch Blog Tour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=8&v=x1uHsuSpOoQ&feature=emb_logo Book Trailer on YouTube Liars & Thieves is Book 1 of Unraveling the Veil. Blurb:Behind the Veil, the hordes gather, eager to savage the world. But Kalann il Drakk, First of Chaos, is untroubled by the shimmering wall that holds his beasts at bay. For if he cannot cleanse the land of life, the … Continue reading Liars & Thieves, a Book Launch Blog Tour