How Not to Write a Novel by Sandra Newman & Howard Mittelmark

How Not to Write A Novel cover image

How Not to Write A Novel cover image

For those of us aspiring to write a published novel, ‘how to’ books that help us learn the craft can be a great resource, but how do you choose which ones to buy from all the many available?

Well here’s one with a difference.

Rather than focusing on ‘how to’, Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark focus instead on ‘how not to’. The result is this hilarious and entertaining book, that also drives home 200 different things to avoid in your work-in-progress.

It has sections covering plot, character, style, world-building, and also how (not) to approach agents.

With examples of each type of mistake clearly shown, this book is both fun to read and also really educational.

If you’re an aspiring author it’s well worth checking out.

New website for Agent Hunting

Agent Hunter website

Agent Hunter website


If you’re an author aspiring to publication and you’re hunting for an agent, you might want to check out the new Agent Hunter website that’s been created by those clever people over at the fabulous Writers Workshop.


Agent Hunter is a site packed with details of agents, agencies and publishers which allows you to personalise your search to find the ideal ones for you (you can specify agents who handle authors of crime fiction, for example). You can sign up for a free trial, and if you like it  you can take out a yearly subscription for £12 a year.


I’ve had a nose around the site and I found it super easy to navigate and packed with useful info.


So, if you’re on the search for an agent or publisher you might want to hop over to for a look see.