New book on self-publishing!

Ever wanted to publish your writing, but you're unsure of how to proceed? Do you want to make your book available for sale across the world, but don't have any money to invest up front?Help is here! Self-Publishing - Pure and Simple is the book to hold your hand through the process, and even shows you the detailed steps to create an ebook on Amazon. Use our 3-step guide to self-publish your books!
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New book on story structure!

Do you know your Monomyth from your Plot Embryo? Your Twelve Pillars from your Three (or Four) Acts? Are you a Snowflake? Have you ever Saved The Cat?
If you’re a storyteller, you should be aware that the most successful stories, whether told in books, on screen or in person, have a narrative structure.
When we first being writing and telling stories, as children, we learn that all stories should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. But then, taking that and expanding it to cover a full novel-length story can possibly lead to lack of focus. Worst of all, it can lead to lack of story and a soggy middle.
This book covers, in detail, ten different ways to outline your story. Some are classic, and have their roots in Greek mythology; some are more modern and based on filmmaking techniques. But they all show how the writer can progress from a simple story idea to creating a multi-strand, fulfilling and engaging story with the minimum of rewriting. Which method will suit your story best?
Check out the Non-Fiction page for details:
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New book for 2018 NaNoWriMo!

We're at it again! We have a new, and updated, "How To Win NaNoWriMo" book. It's really good, and for 2018, we have a print version, too!

Praise for the 2017 version:

Top tips for NaNo.
I have read a lot of books on writing, very few inspire me, this was a pleasant surprise. There are a lot of really helpful ideas in this book that I will be using for my nano prep.
I have read many books from authors who think they can write with humour, in my experience very few can do it successfully. Gerald can, I laughed a lot reading this.
A must read for anyone wanting to take on the nano challenge.

I wish I’d bought this earlier!
This is the book I wished I'd had before my first Nano!
The author has a very readable and enjoyable style and the advice is practical and easy to follow. If you are planning on doing Nano - you need this book!

Great advice for NaNoWriMo virgins!
This is a short, easy-to-read guide for anyone about to embark on NaNoWriMo. Gerald Hornsby sets out his personal 'take' on how to breeze through this yearly novel-writing challenge without going mad in the process. His writing is shot through with humour and sound common sense. I thoroughly recommend this book if you, like me, are considering the herculean task of writing 50,000 words in one short month.


The ebook can be purchased, or it can be read for free as part of your Kindle Unlimited package.



New Publication!

There's a new non-fiction, writing craft book coming out soon. It will be a great help to writers when they are plotting their books.

A proof has been ordered, and it is in the final stages of editing. It should be available within 2 weeks - before the end of March 2018! Exciting!

Another new title!

Here at Hard Pressed Books, we are extremely happy to welcome another non-fiction book into our house. Anita Belli has many years of experience of working with creatives, and she has run workshops, created courses and mentored writers from the very young to the very not-so-young. She has distilled a lot of her experience as a writing coach into this 12-step methodology for creating compelling stories - from where to find ideas, creating compelling characters, and adding page-turning quality, and much, much more.

Please check out Kickstart Your Writing! at Non-fiction books

Publication day!

Well, it was about a week ago, but there wasn't time to do a complete announcement / launch, as I was heading out on holiday. Anyway, we have "How to win NaNoWriMo - advice and inspiration from a twelve-time winner", and "Scrivener Pure and Simple - a simple way to set up Scrivener for new users". Both are books we think will be of enormous value and interest to writers.

NaNoWriMo is a month-long challenge to write 50,000 words of a new novel, and each year, many tens of thousands of authors across the world take part. The author has successfully completed this challenge twelve times since 2003, and he has a lot of experience of talking to, and working with, writers at all levels of experience. Common problems crop up time after time, and this book is an attempt to help authors past those sticking points during the month.

Scrivener is a piece of software which helps writers organise and streamline their writing process. The one criticism, heard time and again, is that it appears to be over-complicated for new users. That is why the author has stripped back the features, and presented a very simple way of setting up the software so that it is much easier to use.

Please check them out on our non-fiction page at Non-fiction books

Cover reveal!

This is the cover for our new book: How To Win NaNoWriMo - Dozens of tips, hints, and pages of advice for those who want to complete the 50,000 word, 30-day challenge.

We're pretty excited about it. Available soon from the Amazon Kindle store.

Two new releases!

Not one, but two new ebook releases from Hard Pressed Books in the next few days. We have one cover, and the makings of one for the second ebook. The first two titles under the Hard Pressed Books banner - it is something to be celebrated!


As November approaches, many authors and would-be authors will be preparing for National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, an annual 50,000 word writing challenge.

This year, we are pleased and proud to announce our first book, "How to win NaNoWriMo". Written by one of our authors with many years of experience of this challenge, it is full of useful tips and hints, with more advice and inspiration in a day-by-day read at the back of the book. I'm sure, of you are one of those people thinking of partaking in NaNoWriMo this year, you'll find this book fascinating and useful!

Begin Scrivener

Hello! Many of you writers out there will have seen Scrivener, or will have been told about it. I have spoken, in the flesh, to many, many writers, and the single most oft-repeated comment is: "Oh, it's too complicated to learn."

I understand this. I had Scrivener (both as a trial and a paid-for version) for a couple of years, and each time I looked at it, I thought "nah, not for me." If you've felt the same, you need to read this book. Because it talks about how to demystify the software, how to set it up simply, and begin using it, until you have chance to explore some of the many features.

"I now feel confident that I'll now be able to make use of Scrivener after dismissing it a number of times". AB, Author.

Buy the book from Amazon now (UK) : Scrivener - Pure & Simple

or from the US : Scrivener - Pure & Simple