Compass Points - Edit is a Four-Letter Word

How to create the best first impression

Glynis Scrivens

Fiction - The Art and the Craft

How Fiction is Written and How to Write it

Colin Bulman

Compass Points: Building Your Story

A guide to structure and plot

Kelly Lawrence

Be a Travel Writer, Live your Dreams, Sell your Features

Travel Writing Step by Step

Solange Hando

Desiring Dragons

Creativity, imagination and the Writer's Quest

Kevan Manwaring

Unlock Your Creativity

a 21-day sensory workout for writers

Sue Johnson
Val Andrews

Compass Points - A Practical Guide to Poetry Forms

How to find the perfect form for your poem

Alison Chisholm

Twelve Ways to Boost your Creativity – Rory B. Mackay Aug 8 2016

Creativity ought to be as natural to us as breathing, and when we're in the zone it is: the ideas flow, we see inspiration all around us and solutions present themselves with effortless ease. When we'...

Marketing your book by Susie Kearley Jul 25 2016

When I accepted a book contract with John Hunt Publishing's imprint, Compass Books, I knew I’d need to be involved with the marketing. I think all publishers require that to some extent these days. ...

Charnel House Blues (An extract) by Suzanne Ruthven Jul 2 2016

Prologue It’s a sorry fact, but vampires aren’t what they used to be. I should know because I’m the last remaining member of my species from the ancient world; although if I’m brutally hone...

How To Write A Chiller Thriller - Sally Spedding Jun 13 2016

Chiller is short for spine-chiller, which means a book, film etc. that arouses terror. A thriller means a book, film, play etc. which depicts a crime, mystery or espionage in an atmosphere of excit...

The Axeman Cometh How Your Local Psychopath Can Help with Character Creation by Nicholas Corder May 31 2016

According to Margaret Atwood, writers are like jackdaws – ‘we steal the shiny bits, and build them into the structures of our own disorderly nests’. This piece is all about a shiny bit I came ac...

Astro-characters: players on the stage of life by Judy Hall May 15 2016

All writers want to create compelling and believable characters – and they can with just a smidgen of astrological know-how. The zodiac signs are instantly recognisable archetypes with which a reade...

Turning Rejections into an Acceptance May 2 2016

When I started writing for the food, health and gardening markets it was a rocky road, littered with disappointment and rejection. But fortunately, with perseverance and determination, I’ve sinc...