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  • Tim Siddall: Artist of the Month - August 2013

    Tim Siddall: Artist of the Month - August 2013

    31 July 2013

    Every month we highlight the work of a different artist or illustrator through the title banner of our monthly newsletter - Penorama. If you don't already receive Penorama, you can subscribe here.Until now, only subscribers to the newsletter got to enjoy these unique banners, but ......Read More

  • Staedtler WOPEX - Pencil Sharpening Therapy

    Staedtler WOPEX - Pencil Sharpening Therapy

    31 July 2013

    Sharpening a pencil can be a meditative process. It temporarily takes you away from your task to spend a few moments in a simple, largely mindless process so that you can return with newly-sharpened vigour. Or at least with a sharp pencil.The problem with sharpening ......Read More

  • Pen and Pencil Quotes

    Pen and Pencil Quotes

    19 July 2013

    Throughout history there have been many great quotes uttered, “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.” by Albert Einstein for example, is one, but what of the great pen and pencil quotes?Over the past week, we ......Read More

  • The Fisher Space Pen: Myths and Magic

    The Fisher Space Pen: Myths and Magic

    1 July 2013

    In the 1960s, when the Soviet Union and the United States were involved in the space race, one problem they faced was how astronauts could write in the vacuum of space. Many people have had the frustrating experience of trying to write with a biro ......Read More

  • Lorraine Tolmie: Artist of the Month - July 2013

    Lorraine Tolmie: Artist of the Month - July 2013

    30 June 2013

    Every month we highlight the work of a different artist or illustrator through the title banner of our monthly newsletter - Penorama. If you don't already receive Penorama, you can subscribe here.Until now, only subscribers to the newsletter got to enjoy these unique banners, but ......Read More

  • Some Final Writing Thoughts

    Some Final Writing Thoughts

    28 June 2013

    Until the next one …It's been three months now since I started writing this little diary blog with Cult Pens.I have to admit, it's been good fun having a chance to share a little about the work of an author - especially the pleasure of ......Read More

  • Libraries and Public Lending Right

    Libraries and Public Lending Right

    21 June 2013

    I had the “fun” this week of getting back to administration.People think it’s a delightful job, being an author. Well, yes it is. How many jobs can you think of where you get paid to daydream? But it does have the unfortunate difficulty that there ......Read More

  • Signing - and not Signing

    Signing - and not Signing

    14 June 2013

    This has been an enormously busy week. Launch weeks tend to be pretty loopy, but this one, with four books launched simultaneously and then a weekend away, has been more mad than usual.Last week I said I’d enjoyed the running around from Exeter to Plymouth ......Read More

  • Diary of a Writer - Competiton Winner

    Diary of a Writer - Competiton Winner

    11 June 2013

    Before anything else, I must just say that I am enormously grateful to all of you for the entries to this little competition.I hadn’t expected quite so many names to be thrown at me - usually a competition of this type generates about twenty to ......Read More

  • Signings, Marketing and Morris!

    Signings, Marketing and Morris!

    10 June 2013

    First, let me apologise. This is late on a Thursday night after signing a lot of books, and I am, in short, exhausted.We - that is Richard, the excellent Simon & Schuster sales manager and me - set off this morning before nine o'clock and ......Read More

  • The Pentel Sign Pen Turns 50!

    The Pentel Sign Pen Turns 50!

    3 June 2013

    It's time to light the candles and bring out the cake, as 2013 is a very big year for the Pentel Sign Pen - it's turned 50! Anyone want to start singing Happy Birthday?The Sign Pen is the ORIGINAL fibre-tipped pen and a revolution in ......Read More

  • The Process of Publishing a Book

    The Process of Publishing a Book

    31 May 2013

    There are times in the life of every author when they begin to feel they're going stir crazy.It's usually at this time of year, and it's normally when the weather is looking unbearably good out, while the poor scribbler sits indoors and shivers in the ......Read More

  • Betty Black: Artist of the Month - June 2013

    Betty Black: Artist of the Month - June 2013

    30 May 2013

    Every month we highlight the work of a different artist or illustrator through the title banner of our monthly newsletter - Penorama. If you don't already receive Penorama, you can subscribe here.Until now, only subscribers to the newsletter got to enjoy these unique banners, but ......Read More

  • Morris, Mayhem and Marketing

    Morris, Mayhem and Marketing

    24 May 2013

    This week has been rather lovely!It all kicked off with a wonderful Saturday, the first day in ages that has been warm and summery. And thank goodness for that, because I, and the rest of Tinner’s Morris, were dancing out with Winkleigh Morris.Morris more or ......Read More

  • The Wonders of Old Technology

    The Wonders of Old Technology

    22 May 2013

    Many years ago now, back in the early 1990s, I was sitting in the New Cavendish Club in London, enjoying drinks with some Crime Writers’ Association colleagues, when a loud voice could be heard. It was the larger-than-life author Laurence Block, a proud New Yorker, ......Read More

  • Keeping it Simple

    Keeping it Simple

    10 May 2013

    For a writer, to sit indoors and stare out when the weather is fine is a form of torture. The urge to nip out and get on with the gardening, or just to take the dog for a walk, is almost overwhelming when confronted by ......Read More

  • Win a Pilot Capless Retractable Fountain Pen

    Win a Pilot Capless Retractable Fountain Pen

    9 May 2013

    Much sought after and admired, the Capless fountain pen by Pilot is the perfect combination of luxury and technology. We're delighted to announce that we've teamed up with Pilot Pens UK to give you the chance to win one of these pens for yourself! Before ......Read More

  • It's not all Champagne and Caviare

    It's not all Champagne and Caviare

    3 May 2013

    On Sunday, I finally finished the last proofs of the three books to be published in July. That was a relief. Two weeks to work on three novels is not a lot of time, but luckily, because the books were all published already, the number ......Read More

  • Simon Jardine: Artist of the Month - May 2013

    Simon Jardine: Artist of the Month - May 2013

    30 April 2013

    Every month we highlight the work of a different artist or illustrator through the title banner of our monthly newsletter - Penorama. If you don't already receive Penorama, you can subscribe here.Until now, only subscribers to the newsletter got to enjoy these unique banners, but ......Read More

  • A Week Without Coffee

    A Week Without Coffee

    26 April 2013

    There are some weeks when the words flow and hum. At such times, it seems as though all an author has to do is sit at his desk and the words wash through him like a river. This week hasn't been one of them.It's a ......Read More

  • The Writing Process

    The Writing Process

    22 April 2013

    Ask one hundred authors what the best part of their job is, and you'll probably get about a hundred different answers. No author out and out hates writing, no matter what they say - or I hope they don't. What a miserable thought: having to ......Read More

  • How an Author Writes

    How an Author Writes

    19 April 2013

    Authors are often asked how they get ideas.There seem to be two supposed ‘facts’ about writing which are absolutely set in stone in the minds of the public: that all authors are multi-millionaires, and that it’s an easy job with a magical formula that changes ......Read More

  • Scarborough & the Medieval Murderers

    Scarborough & the Medieval Murderers

    19 April 2013

    This week has been a busy one. Over the weekend I had to drive 400 miles to Scarborough for their literary festival. Medieval Murderers - that is, my friends Susanna Gregory and Karen Maitland - and I were the very last gig of the festival ......Read More

  • The Diary of a Writer

    The Diary of a Writer

    15 April 2013

    It was many years ago that I first began to appreciate better quality writing tools - long before I became a full-time novelist, in fact. However, I still have a delight in using real pens and pencils, smooth paper and a variety of inks. Six years ......Read More

  • National Stationery Week

    National Stationery Week

    10 April 2013

    Did you know that April is host to National Stationery Week here in the UK? National Stationery Week or NSW for short, aims to get people not just talk about writing, but encourage more and more of us to put pen to paper more often. ......Read More

  • Diamine Ink: History & Cult Pens Deep Dark Blue

    Diamine Ink: History & Cult Pens Deep Dark Blue

    10 April 2013

    When it comes to choosing a new ink for your fountain pen, the name that nearly always comes to mind, is Diamine. But what is the history of Diamine, when was it established and just how many ink colours have they developed? We took the ......Read More

  • Rob Smith: Artist of the Month - April 2013

    Rob Smith: Artist of the Month - April 2013

    30 March 2013

    Every month we highlight the work of a different artist or illustrator through the title banner of our monthly newsletter - Penorama. If you don't already receive Penorama, you can subscribe here.Until now, only subscribers to the newsletter got to enjoy these unique banners, but ......Read More

  • Cult Pens Easter Egg Hunt

    Cult Pens Easter Egg Hunt

    26 March 2013

    Easter is almost upon us and the restraint we've all shown by not breaking into our Easter eggs will soon be replaced with the sweet taste of chocolate and the remains of the once pristine wrapping lying on the floor. Or at least, that's how ......Read More

  • Trustpilot - 10,000 Customer Reviews

    Trustpilot - 10,000 Customer Reviews

    26 March 2013

    Thanks to you, we've just passed the 10,000th review mark on Trustpilot and we are over the moon with both the quantity and the quality of the feedback we get! Here it is, the review that took us to 10,000:FANTASTIC CHOICE AND REALLY QUICK TURNAROUND ......Read More

  • Writing in the cold!

    Writing in the cold!

    7 March 2013

    In case you missed it, February was very cold and wet here in the UK and so far the start of March has not been much of an improvement! Spring, however, is not far away and we should all start to thaw out pretty soon, ......Read More

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