A group of published UK-based authors and illustrators of picture books, children's and YA.

Author Archives: dansmithsbooks

Avoiding Writing Distractions

So, you want to know how to avoid writing distractions? Ah well, I could tell you, but I’d have to send someone round to do unspeakable things to your garden … Continue reading

January 29, 2018

Killing Creativity

This week’s topic suggestion is ‘books that surprised you the most’, which is great because I’ve read a few books recently that surprised me but . . . I’m going … Continue reading

September 25, 2017

How To Revise A Manuscript

Right. Listen Carefully. Revising a manuscript is dead easy. There are just four things you need to do. Write a manuscript. Read the manuscript and change the parts that need … Continue reading

July 17, 2017

Why Do I Write What I Write . . ?

Imagine a world without ‘genre’. How would we explain what we like or don’t like? ‘Genre’ lets us put things into boxes and stick a label on them. Genre allows … Continue reading

June 16, 2017

Getting The Facts Right – Does Accuracy Matter?

Well, duh, of course accuracy matters. There’s no question about it. It is a writers duty to be honest and truthful in presentation of the facts whatever they may happen … Continue reading

April 5, 2017 · 1 Comment

Writing Distractions

So, it’s a lovely quiet Sunday morning. Perfect for settling down to write my Author Allsorts blog post. The suggested topic for today’s blog post is ‘writing distractions’ and . … Continue reading

January 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

The one thing I couldn’t write without

What’s the one thing I couldn’t write without? Well, that’s obvious. It would have to be my Mac. I mean, I spend all day working on it and— wait. I … Continue reading

August 17, 2016

Who Do You Write For?

This is Summer Romance Week on the Author Allsorts blog. Yay! Yeah, well, actually, how on earth did I manage to get that gig? Summer Romance? And what does it mean? … Continue reading

May 30, 2016 · 2 Comments

LIFERS is released! Dan Smith Interviews the mysterious Martin Griffin

Though I have already spotted it in bookshops, LIFERS officially hits the shelves tomorrow. The latest YA thriller from M A Griffin, the artist formerly known as Fletcher Moss (who … Continue reading

April 6, 2016 · 3 Comments

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