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Useful resources for planning a page turner

14th April 2018
This week, I’ve been planning out my next book idea… I’ve not put pen to paper yet (well, fingers to keys) because I’m working on the intricacies of the plot before I jump in. I’m using a whiteboard and index cards to plan out the structure and layer possible scenes and I’ve never done so much ‘thinking’ before writing before.
Whiteboard with plot plans
 
I’ve also been reading a lot about different techniques for planning and structuring, a lot of which I did (and I think a lot of authors) do instinctively, but an equal amount I have tended to do afterwards, through big edits, bigger glasses of wine and a lot of headaches. So if you’re also at the planning stage, here are some links and resources I’ve found useful.

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School visits

My first school author visit… to my old school

26th March 2018
Holly Seddon speaking to Colyton Grammar pupils March 2018

On Friday 16 March, I drove my hire car into the visitors’ car park at Colyton Grammar School and parked next to the classroom where – around 25 years earlier – my friends and I spent break times firing as many paper aeroplanes as we could out the window. I took a tour of the school – the facilities staggering compared to my day – and kept quiet about all the detentions I’d had in the re-kitted classrooms.

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Books, Don't Close Your Eyes, Paperback, Publication

Don’t Close Your Eyes is now in paperback!

4th January 2018

…So the day is finally here. My second novel, Don’t Close Your Eyes, is published in paperback in the UK and Ireland!

Paperback cover for Don't Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon

I’m still in The Netherlands for the moment, glamorously dealing with my son’s chicken pox and using my literary skills to do loads of laundry as we’ve still not caught up after Christmas’s Norovirus outbreak.

But I’m vicariously living through friends and readers who are kindly sharing pictures of tube and rail posters like this one from my schoolfriend Charlotte. Isn’t it beautiful? I’m so grateful to my publisher, Corvus Books.

Don't Close Your Eyes poster, Charing Cross Underground Station.

Don’t Close Your Eyes poster, Charing Cross Underground Station.

It’s an absolute privilege to publish a second book, and I really hope you enjoy it.

 

Don't Close Your Eyes

Don’t Close Your Eyes is out NOW!

9th July 2017
Don't Close Your Eyes book cover

And it’s out! Nearly a year since I wrote ‘THE END’ (metaphorically anyway, I don’t actually write that), it’s finally out!

I had the most amazing launch party, the most horrific hangover and am now knee deep into the edits on book three…

You can buy Don’t Close Your Eyes from Amazon, iBooks, Kobo and all good retailers! Woohoo!

And if you’ve already read it and would like to leave a review, I’d be immensely grateful.

Try Not to Breathe

Try Not to Breathe shortlisted for Crimefest Audible Sound of Crime award

25th April 2017
Crimefest logo

I’m over the moon to announce that the UK audiobook of Try Not to Breathe (Bolinda) has been shortlisted for the prestigious Crimefest Audible Sound of Crime award.

From The Bookseller:

The shortlist for the six awards have been revealed, ahead of the Crimefest Gala Awards Dinner which will take place in Bristol on 21st May.

Battling it out in the £1,000 Audible Sounds of Crime category for best unabridged crime audiobook published in the UK in 2016 are Rachel Abbott for Kill Me Again, read by Lisa Coleman (Bolinda / Audible), Fiona Barton for The Widow, read by Clare Corbett (Bolinda / Audible), Clare Mackintosh for I See You, read by Rachel Atkins (Sphere), Holly Seddon for Try Not to Breathe, read by Jot Davies, Lucy Middleweek & Katy Sobey (Bolinda), Ben Aaronovitch for The Hanging Tree, read by Kobna Holdbrook– Smith (Orion Publishing Group), Lee Child for Night School, read by Jeff Harding (Transworld Digital), Anthony Horowitz for Magpie Murders, read by Allan Corduner & Samantha Bond (Orion Publishing Group) and Peter May for Coffin Road, read by Peter Forbes (Riverrun).

Listen to an excerpt of Try Not to Breathe now.