Take the Book Route

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Finished a new book? Or just have an idea for a book?

The Book Route is a brand new course Jean Rafferty is offering for the NUJ.

It would also be suitable for university media and English literature departments.

You will learn how to position your book in the market, whether you should look for a traditional publisher or self-publish, what use an agent would be to you. You'll find out about the practicalities, discuss your own unique selling point and learn how to use your social media to get your message out.

Jean Rafferty is a former journalist who has now published three works of fction. Despite their subject matter being dark and controversial, the first two were both nominated for literary prizes. Her current novel, Foul Deeds Will Rise, is about satanist abuse and is set on the beautiful islands of Orkney. It has just been released by Wild Wolf, a small independent publisher in Newcastle.

To find out more contact Joan Macdonald on or call her on: 0141-251-0636 or 07730-513-991

Wednesday 16th October

Jean Rafferty does regular workshops in Feature Writing and Pitching for the National Union of Journalists. Her next workshop in Feature Writing and Pitching is at the NUJ's offices in 177 West George Street, Glasgow on Wednesday 16th October.

Jean Rafferty has travelled widely for her journalism and has also taught on various journalism workshops in countries such as Nepal, Albania, Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone.

She was also privileged to take part in Lesley Riddoch's Africawoman project in Ghana in 2001.


For many years she was a visiting lecturer on the University of Strathclyde‘s postgraduate and undergraduate courses in Journalism and Creative Writing and is still in touch with many former students.

She has delivered training in local councils, newspapers, universities and businesses and has been called an 'inspirational trainer.'




Interested in developing your skills with the help of someone who was called one of the top feature writers in the UK?

Jean Rafferty offers one to one coaching, specially tailored to your needs. You can choose from a one day individual workshop, a short session, or a series of mentoring sessions over a specified period of time.

She is supportive, sometimes challenging, and fun.

Call 07881-304-729 to discuss fees or email:

Jean Rafferty is a member of The M-Team, a group of four experienced journalists with certification from the Chartered Management Institute. We are currently running a pilot project for the NUJ.


Jean Rafferty is an experienced editor, having edited literary magazines and anthologies. Her next publication is the forthcoming Dove Tales anthology, Bridges or Walls?

Call 07881-304-729 to discuss fees or email Jean on:

  • @fireopal19
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