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The Shadow Man Extract

Extract Share: The Shadow Man by Helen Fields

Chapter One A sleeping woman watched over by the stranger who had hidden for hours in the shadowed bay of her bedroom curtains. That’s all there was to the scene. He was a spider, patient and unmoving, poised to drop and stun his prey. There was no malice to it. Read More
5 Books to Lift Your Spirits

5 Books to Lift Your Spirits by Hayley Doyle

2021 has started with a bang. And not the bang we were all hoping for. Rather than the pop of a champagne cork or a splattering of fancy fireworks, sure, it’s exploded, but you don’t need me to harp on about how. You already know. Well! Thank goodness for books!… Read More
20 Highlights of 2020

20 Highlights of 2020

It’s that time of the year when we look back over everything we’ve achieved in the last 12 months. This year has been very strange (to say the least!) and it’s had many ups and downs, but at Avon we’re always looking for the positives, so here are… Read More
How to Write a Pitch

How to Write a Pitch

What is a book pitch? A pitch is a short, enticing description of your work that focuses on its USP (unique selling point) or the key thing that makes your book so special – this is what publishers will often refer to as the ‘hook’. Why does it matter? As… Read More
Avon's Christmas Titles 2020

Avon’s Christmas Titles 2020

This year we’ve released six new winter titles perfect for reading during this festive season. From crime thrillers to cosy women’s fiction. Whether you’re looking for your next read or the perfect Christmas gift, there’s a book for everyone. A Surprise Christmas Wedding by Phillipa Ashley It’s been a year… Read More
How to Write a Synopsis

How to Write a Synopsis

Summarising your story in a short synopsis can feel almost as difficult as writing the book in the first place! Never fear – here are Avon’s top five tips to help you craft a synopsis before you submit… Keep it short and sweet – by which we mean 500 words… Read More
Playlists for Little Bones

Playlists for Little Bones

Music has always meant a lot to me as a person and a writer. Great songs can be inspiring and I always have a set play list when writing my books. Lyrics and melodies that evoke characters and situations, while allowing you to concentrate on the ebb and… Read More
How to Write your Author Biography

How to Write your Author Biography

Being asked for your author biography can be daunting – perhaps you have no idea how to summarise everything about yourself into a paragraph or two, or maybe you think you won’t have anything to say! It’s important to remember that whilst publishers will use your bio to get a… Read More
Sue Moorcroft

Working from home: Sue Moorcroft’s Top Tips

I’ve been working from home for years and know what suits me. I’ve had to adapt in view of the current lifestyle restrictions so here’s what I’m doing now.   My day in the office I get up at six-thirty and shower and dress as if… Read More
What inspired me to write The Silent House

What inspired me to write The Silent House by Nell Pattison

The main character in The Silent House is a British Sign Language interpreter called Paige Northwood, and when she receives an emergency call-out from the police she finds herself thrown into a murder investigation. I had known for a while that I wanted to write a novel featuring the Deaf… Read More
Unravelling the last twist in Little Bones

Unravelling the last twist in Little Bones

I love a good audio book, I’ve listened to them for years. They can make mundane housework interesting, long car journeys shorter, and wet rainy days brighter. When I was a little girl and felt low, I would build a fort with my bed sheets, curl up with the family… Read More
Where I Write with Kate White

Where I Write with Kate White

I know this may sound crazy, but I owe a big part of my success as a suspense author to finally figuring out the best place for me to write. In a pinch I can crank out pages almost anywhere (even, if desperate, in a dentist’s office), but I’m the… Read More
Clare Marchant

What Inspires Me | Clare Marchant

Clare Marchant shares what inspired her to write The Secrets of Saffron Hall In sitting down to write this, and really thinking about what inspires what I write about, I’ve realised that the one thing that ties together all that I write about, is connections. We’re all connected in life, to other… Read More
Working From Home with S.D. Robertson

Working from Home: S.D. Robertson’s Top Tips

My five top tips for working from home by S.D. Robertson Working from home full-time used to be fairly unusual. How things have changed. This year, thanks to Covid-19, it’s something lots of people have been doing. Welcome to my world. I’ve been working from home… Read More
Submission Journey

The Submission Journey

De-mystifying the process from submission to publication! What should I consider when submitting to Avon? Avon is the home of commercial fiction – which means page-turning, entertaining fiction. Whether it’s historical, crime, thriller or women’s fiction, these books have a ‘hook’ (or elevator pitch) that intrigues the reader,… Read More
Avon Book Fest Molly Green

Where I Write with Molly Green

A cabin in the garden When my husband, Edward, and I moved to our bungalow set amidst a half-acre garden, I was thrilled. The garden would be plenty big enough to take a railway carriage! That would be the perfect place for my writing. I’ve always been crazy about trains. Read More
AvonBookFest Hannah Sunderland Where I Write

Where I Write with Hannah Sunderland

The thing that is most essential to me getting words down on the page is comfort, ergo many, many scatter cushions and a footrest. I usually have a cafetiere of coffee on the go, which I forget about and let go cold more often than not, but even having the… Read More
AvonBookFest Bella Osborne Bookshelf Tour

Bella Osborne’s Bookshelf Tour

I’ve been a keen reader since I was very young. The weekly trip to the library with my Grandma was something I cherished. It felt like a very grown up thing to do – even in the children’s section! I proudly had my library cards and took time to choose… Read More