The Mark Edwards Community

Mark loves hearing from his readers and encourages them to contact him. He regularly interacts with readers on his Facebook page, where he hosts book release launch parties and lots of giveaways.

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Do I have any aspiring or emerging authors following me? This May, for the first time ever, I’m going to be running an online course for writers. It runs every Wednesday evening in May and there are only 15 places available - so you’ll want to snap this up! Here are the details:

...EVERYTHING BUT THE BOOK

There are many courses that will tell you how to write a novel.

This one will help you understand everything else you’ll need to know, whether you want to be traditionally published or try self-publishing, and will show you how to lay the groundwork for success from day one.

Across 5 live Zoom sessions, established and successful author Mark Edwards will share his wealth of experience and help you learn how to find an audience for your work, avoiding all the most common mistakes.

This course will focus on:

• Starting your author journey: commercial vs literary fiction, defining success and laying the groundwork for it, creating the time and space to write, networking, writer and reader communities.

• Traditional publishing: finding an agent, querying, how publishing works, advances and royalties.

• Self-publishing: the entrepreneurial mindset, being professional, paid advertising, case studies of success.

• Marketing and PR: building a relationship with readers, social media, websites and newsletters, building a brand, measuring success.

• The hard stuff: dealing with rejection, bad reviews, staying motivated, not giving up.

More details here. As I said above, there are only 15 places available. If you’re a writer, this is a rare chance to pick the brains of someone who’s been there, done that and is still doing it. Link in bio or go to Writing West Midlands dot org and click Events and courses - Short courses

Do I have any aspiring or emerging authors following me? This May, for the first time ever, I'm going to be running an online course for writers. It runs every Wednesday evening in May and there are only 15 places available - so you'll want to snap this up! Here are the details:

...EVERYTHING BUT THE BOOK

There are many courses that will tell you how to write a novel.

This one will help you understand everything else you’ll need to know, whether you want to be traditionally published or try self-publishing, and will show you how to lay the groundwork for success from day one.

Across 5 live Zoom sessions, established and successful author Mark Edwards will share his wealth of experience and help you learn how to find an audience for your work, avoiding all the most common mistakes.

This course will focus on:

• Starting your author journey: commercial vs literary fiction, defining success and laying the groundwork for it, creating the time and space to write, networking, writer and reader communities.

• Traditional publishing: finding an agent, querying, how publishing works, advances and royalties.

• Self-publishing: the entrepreneurial mindset, being professional, paid advertising, case studies of success.

• Marketing and PR: building a relationship with readers, social media, websites and newsletters, building a brand, measuring success.

• The hard stuff: dealing with rejection, bad reviews, staying motivated, not giving up.

More details here. As I said above, there are only 15 places available. If you're a writer, this is a rare chance to pick the brains of someone who's been there, done that and is still doing it. https://writingwestmidlands.org/events/online-5-week-course-everything-but-the-book-may-2024/

I absolutely love the Danish edition of Keep Her Secret. This is almost exactly how I pictured Helena’s cliff top house in Sussex, with seagulls wheeling above and the sky dark and ominous. It’s my first book to be published in Denmark so something to celebrate!

I’m giving away a signed copy of The Darkest Water over on Instagram. To enter, simply follow my Instagram account (@markedwardsauthor) and like the post. For an extra entry, share it as an Instagram story.

I’ll be running a separate Facebook comp soon so if you’re not on Insta ...don’t fret!

Peggy says there have been too many dogs on my timeline this week and I have to agree. Here I am, on the eve of starting a new book, which will be my 22nd published novel, and I think this one will need to have a Maine Coon in it. It’s all been plotted, I’m very excited about it, and now I just... have to get 90,000 words down…

Don't forget, The Lucky Ones book club event is tonight at 7pm UK/2pm EST. It will take place right here on my FB page. I'll answering your questions, talking about both The Lucky Ones and The Darkest Water and giving away a signed copy of the new one. Hope to see lots of you there! ...https://www.facebook.com/events/736027098111837

Reminder! My The Lucky Ones book club event is this Thursday February 8th at 7pm UK time (2pm EST). As well as discussing The Lucky Ones and answering your questions about that book, I will also be revealing more about my new novel The Darkest Water and there will be a GIVEAWAY: at least one signed... copy of The Darkest Water. Click 'Going' on the event page to ensure you don't miss out https://www.facebook.com/events/736027098111837

Fantastic event chatting to @alex.michaelides at a packed-out @waterstonesbirmingham this evening. Great crowd, and Alex was funny, thoughtful and had everyone enthralled. I also highly recommend The Fury, his new book, which is original, gripping and great fun.

Community Book Club Questions

Are you a member of a book club or group? I’ve put together sets of questions for my novels which will help you discuss them with your group. This is a work in progress and each book will be added over time.

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Do I have any aspiring or emerging authors following me? This May, for the first time ever, I’m going to be running an online course for writers. It runs every Wednesday evening in May and there are only 15 places available - so you’ll want to snap this up! Here are the details:  EVERYTHING BUT THE BOOK  There are many courses that will tell you how to write a novel.  This one will help you understand everything else you’ll need to know, whether you want to be traditionally published or try self-publishing, and will show you how to lay the groundwork for success from day one.  Across 5 live Zoom sessions, established and successful author Mark Edwards will share his wealth of experience and help you learn how to find an audience for your work, avoiding all the most common mistakes.  This course will focus on:  • Starting your author journey: commercial vs literary fiction, defining success and laying the groundwork for it, creating the time and space to write, networking, writer and reader communities.  • Traditional publishing: finding an agent, querying, how publishing works, advances and royalties.  • Self-publishing: the entrepreneurial mindset, being professional, paid advertising, case studies of success.  • Marketing and PR: building a relationship with readers, social media, websites and newsletters, building a brand, measuring success.  • The hard stuff: dealing with rejection, bad reviews, staying motivated, not giving up.  More details here. As I said above, there are only 15 places available. If you’re a writer, this is a rare chance to pick the brains of someone who’s been there, done that and is still doing it. Link in bio or go to Writing West Midlands dot org and click Events and courses - Short courses
Huge congratulations to the winner of a signed copy of The Darkest Water. I’ll be in touch via DM. A huge thank you to everyone who entered. More competitions coming soon!
Don’t mess with Peggy!  #mainecoon vs #goldenretriever
Have you seen my competition? I’m giving away a signed copy of my book, The Darkest Water, which is out April 16th. To enter, make sure you’re following me and either like this reel or my last post. For an extra entry share this reel or my previous post as a story. Open worldwide. The lucky winner will be notified by DM.
Sherlock has managed to turn his nice carrot toy into one that resembles orange vomit. #goldenretrievers #authorpets
Visited my sister in Hastings and made a new friend. Not sure how he feels about posing with a writer… #dachsundsofinstagram #authorsofinstagram
Very happy with the early reviews for The Darkest Water on the dreaded Goodreads. Thanks to all the reviewers who have so far grabbed a copy on Netgalley. You can pre-order it now… just search ‘the darkest water’ on Amazon. It’s out on April 16.
Did you know The Darkest Water features Imogen Evans from my 2017 novel The Lucky Ones? Imogen is one of my favourite characters. Competent, cynical and sarcastic, and determined to get justice for people who have stumbled into the path of evil, whenever I sit down to write her she immediately comes to life on the page.  I’ll be discussing The Lucky Ones and revealing more about The Darkest Water at a live book club event over on my Facebook page on Thursday Feb 8 at 7pm UK/2pm EST. I’ll be giving away at least one signed copy of The Darkest Water too! Link in my bio.

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