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Birdcatcher Books is on Patreon

I’m very excited to announce that Birdcatcher Books is now on Patreon. So, what is Patreon? I’m so glad you asked. Think social media meets crowd funding. Patreon allows creative people to put up a page and ask their fans to sponsor them. In return, the fans receive rewards according to the level of support they choose. This picks up the idea from the past of creative people (artists, writers, musicians read more ...

Crossroads: An Anthology Coming Soon

  I am currently waiting for the proof copy of Crossroads: An Anthology, with anticipation of its release on 1st July 2017. This is the collection of the best entries from our 2016 Short Story Competition, and as with our previous competition and the resulting anthology, the judges and I were very impressed with the quality of the entries. I’m sure you will enjoy reading it. It's only fair to share... read more ...

Next Year In Huntsville

Next Year In Huntsville, the debut novel by Grace L. Sutherland, is now available through our shop. Here is part of a review of this book, written by Megan Meganator on Niume: “Next Year In Huntsville by Grace L Sutherland is a coming of age story set in the fictional rural town of Huntsville, Australia from 1960 to 2008. The novel reads very much like a fictional memoir. The main character, Sarah Hunt, meets read more ...

Get “Just Grace” Free

Ahead of the release of her first novel, Next Year In Huntsville, due at the end of November 20106, Birdcatcher Books has released Just Grace – A Collection of Short Stories by Grace L. Sutherland to introduce readers to her writing. The stories cover a range of lengths and topics, and include some surprises. Just Grace is only available as an ebook, and until the release of Next Year in Huntsvillle, it is f read more ...

The Essential Elements Of A Story

A story is a distinct form of literature, different from a memoir, or an essay, or a descriptive piece. Essentially, a story is someone, somewhere, doing something. Without those three elements, it might be a wonderful piece of writing, but it isn’t a story. “Someone” refers to the character or characters: the ones the story is about. The characters might not be human – several of the stories in the read more ...

Edit! Edit! Edit!

One of the quickest ways to turn me off a story is to leave it full of grammatical errors. A number of the entries in last year’s Short Fiction Award had this problem, as do many of the self-published books I review on my Christian Book Reviews site. Unfortunately it is encouraged by those unscrupulous people who, in an effort to make a quick buck, teach people that they don’t need to actually understan read more ...

Obey The Rules

The judging for our 2015 Short Fiction Award is well under way, and our 2016 competition will be commencing in July. Between now and then, I will be adding a number of posts to the site relating to things I have noticed in the 2015 comp, and which may help you with your entries in the 2016 comp. The very first key to success in any writing competition – in fact, in any competition of any kind – is very read more ...

The Realities of Being a Writer

You are a writer. You are sitting in a deck chair on the veranda of your beautiful, rambling home (paid for by the proceeds of your writing) looking out over the beach of a remote tropical island. Drink in hand, you are thinking about your next bestseller, and as the ideas tumble freely into your head you jot them on a pad beside you. You have already received a sizable advance payment, and your publisher is eager read more ...

Books and Trust

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” Did Lemony Snicket get it right? What do you think? How do you feel about people who don’t read – or about people who do? Share your thoughts on the Birdcatcher Books Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Birdcatcher-Books-1651262361756685/ It's only fair to share... read more ...

Grace and Faith

  Grace and faith are two of the most important aspects of our Christian walk. Grace is offered to us by God on the basis of the completed work of Christ at the Cross, but it does not automatically take effect in our lives. We need to appropriate it to be able to live the kind of lives that God has designed us to live. Likewise, faith is given to us by God, but we have to take it up and use it to establish a read more ...
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