Author spotlights

Due to other commitments (client editing, my writing, competition judging, Writers’ Forum column etc.,
I’m not currently taking any guest spots but will update this page when I am.

I started posting weekly author spotlights in August 2011 and below is the list of those posted to-date.

Guidelines: An author spotlight is made up of…

  • <1,000-word third-person point of view biography (this makes up the first half of the spotlight)*
  • <1,000-word first-person point of view about your writing / anything interesting writing-related (the ‘And now from the author him / herself’ second half)*
  • full website links please (no etc.) to you and your work*
  • * text only (no photos) together in one document attachment please (.doc or .docx preferred but I can usually work with whatever I’m sent, although I’d prefer not receiving .pdfs especially with embedded photographs as it’s time-consuming pulling everything out and the photographs are never as clear)
  • please, not pasted into the email, not separate documents per section, nor a link to external files such as Google Drive or Dropbox please.
  • a photograph of yourself and your book cover/s (as separate attachments, not pasted into the document) to add some colour to the post. Feel free to send as many book covers as you have. Please email me ( – note I’m Morgen with a E) as (ideally low-resolution .jpg: no more than 200kb in size, ideally 200-250 pixels max at the shortest length; Facebook only accepts photos with a minimum 200 pixels) and N.B. as attachments rather than email- or document-embedded text / photos. Thank you.
  • and I am human, so please don’t just send everything through, please at least say “hello”!)
  • Before submitting your own, please do look at one or more of the spotlights (the green links for the spotlights themselves (the blue links are the authors’ websites) to see how they ‘work’.
  • Please read through and spell-check your text before sending it to me.
  • Because of the high volume of enquiries received across this blog – over 900 currently outstanding, I don’t schedule in advance but when I receive the content, sorry about that.
  • NB.  Please include all the text as a document (.doc or .docx ideally), not pasted into the email or as a link to external files, and the photographs as separate files (
  • Please allow a minimum of two weeks for a reply before chasing me!
  • There is no charge for running your author spotlight. The only item I charge for is the full blog interview because it’s so time-consuming.

I don’t do book reviews – see Reviewers (and the genre sub-pages) for some other sites that do. From 1st May I will be posting guest book reviews (of other authors’ books) see Book Reviews.

In January 2013, I created five new online writing groups to share your short stories, poetry and novel / script extracts for feedback. I also post weekday 15-minute writing exercises – see Online Writing Groups.


An author spotlight is made up of a <1,000-word third person biography, <1,000-word first-person about your writing / anything interesting writing-related, then links to you and your work (see the already-posted spotlights listed above as examples). You can also provide a photograph of yourself and your book cover(s) to add some colour to the post. Please email me as attachments rather than email-embedded text / photos. Thank you.

Because of the high volume of enquiries received across this blog, I don’t schedule in advance but when I receive the content, sorry about that.

Unfortunately due to time constraints, I can’t do book reviews but I do also welcome blog interviewees*, writing-related guest blogs (max 1000 words, please email me in advance to discuss the topic), flash fiction for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry. 🙂

PLEASE NOTE: *I now charge for the interviews (£10 / €12.50 / $15) because they are so time-consuming (I don’t just read / post them, but add in comments before they go live as if we’re chatting).

I don’t charge (or pay) for running the author spotlights / guest blogs / flash fiction / poetry etc. – these ‘services’ are offered because I love meeting and getting to know other authors and because it’s fun to put new things out (and a little part of me hopes that when visitors come to my site they’ll maybe buy one of my books). So I thank each and every one of the authors who have asked (or said “yes” when I’ve asked them) to be, or are considering being, part of my blog. I’ll keep doing what I’m doing for as long as you keep doing what you’re doing. 🙂


77 responses to “Author spotlights

  1. B. Lynn Goodwin

    September 12, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    I love this Morgan, and I’ll be submitting something soon.

    Author of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers

  2. morgenbailey

    September 18, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Thanks Lynn – got your email. 🙂 Morgen

  3. Regina Griffin

    October 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Hi Morgen-

    I found you on LinedIn and would love to be featured in one of the Nov 2011 slots you have available. Please contact me to advise on how to formally submit.


    • morgenbailey

      October 24, 2011 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks Regina. The details are on the page you just left a comment on but I have your email address now so I’ll email you the info. 🙂

  4. Marie Pinschmidt

    February 9, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Most interesting site; I’m anxious to read more of your many activities, Morgen. Thanks.

    • morgenbailey

      February 9, 2012 at 8:36 am

      Thank you, Marie. I’ve sent you an email with all the information. 🙂

  5. alanplace

    February 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I will get in touch, Morgen. I would love to be on the author spotlight for you. Just trying to think of some questions to ask you, for my interview LOL

    • morgenbailey

      February 18, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      Glad to reciprocate, Alan… as long as you’re not in a hurry. 🙂

  6. alanplace

    February 18, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    No, I have just sent a few questions to Pat, in Queensland. So they should be here soon, also asked Larry Payne and a few other friends if they would like to cooperate, I am just getting strated LOL

  7. Kelly

    February 24, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Would love to participate in your author spotlight. I write cop murder mysteries. What a great resource this is! I am going to share with my critique group.

  8. Emily Kemme

    March 24, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Hello, Morgen.
    I contacted you via this website, and am interested in participating in your author spotlight for my new literary novel, “In Search of Sushi Tora.” It has received several great reviews, is selling well and I’d love to branch out. You offer a wonderful service.

    • morgenbailey

      March 24, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Thank you, Emily. I have your email address so will reply asap. 🙂

  9. John McLeod

    April 12, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Morgan,
    I’m not sure if you feature the type of “author” I am. I have a book of medical terminology crossword puzzles out and am currently working on a second, of many I hope. Thank you for your consideration.

    • morgenbailey

      April 12, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      Absolutely. You write therefore you have something to say. 🙂 I shall send you the information pack now.

  10. John McLeod

    April 13, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Thanks Morgan!

  11. John McLeod

    April 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Morgen. Sorry for the misspelling.

  12. morgenbailey

    April 13, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    🙂 That’s OK. It happens most of the time.

  13. davidmcgowan

    May 13, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Hi Morgen

    So glad to have found your blog! I would love to take part. I see you’re booked up for a while so I’ll set a reminder to check back soon and will try and email you to see what you have space for!


    • morgenbailey

      May 13, 2012 at 11:35 am

      Thank you very much, David. I’ll email you the info. as it’s best to send me the info. as I seem to be getting enquiries more quickly than I have space for but whenever suits you really (although I still have over 500+ questionnaires out in the ether). Less of a backlog for the guest blogs / spotlights (August) than interviews (December). 🙂

      • davidmcgowan

        May 13, 2012 at 11:37 am

        That’s great! Thanks Morgen. I’m delighted to see just how well your blog is doing. Looking forward to receiving your email!

  14. morgenbailey

    May 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Me too (it’s a LOT of work). 🙂 email sent…

  15. Kelly

    May 13, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Hi Morgan,

    I read about your author spotlights some time ago and had every intention of emailing you and then life intruded. It’s get’s busy. I’d like to participate. I have written two books. Phoenix is a post-apocalyptic book about one woman’s survival in the US after Iran hits us with numerous nuclear bombs. The second is a more recent book called The Love Songs Murders. It’s about two Seattle homicide detectives who are investigating the kidnapping of a very popular Seattle D.J. One cop is male, one is female. One is straight, the other gay. The both fall in love with the same woman.

  16. Gary Showalter

    May 18, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    You are a wonder, Morgen Bailey!

  17. Cynthia Echeme

    May 23, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Hello Sir, I’m pretty sorry responding somewhat late, and coming up with my writing. I have been terribly engaged with an academic activity in pursuance of a Graduate Course. I wish to know if I’m still free to come up with my stuff, as earlier sent by you.
    Cynthia E.

  18. morgenbailey

    May 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Hi Cynthia. There is no hurry from me. I have sent out over 550 questionnaires that have not come back yet, some since I started June 2011. The interviews are currently scheduling into December and spotlights / guest blogs into August. If you have any queries it’s easier to email me (

    No need to call me Sir, especially because I’m a woman. 🙂 Just call me Morgen.

  19. patgarcia

    June 12, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Hi Morgen,
    Thanks. You make it very easy for a new writer to understand what he or she has to do. I look forward to submitting my paperwork.

  20. Linda M. Simmons

    June 16, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I am ready for an interview.

    • morgenbailey

      June 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Hi Linda. Thank you for your comment. I have your email address so I shall send you the information pack.

      • Theresa Dawn Sinclair

        June 19, 2012 at 3:07 pm

        Could you tell me if I am scheduled in yet Morgen? I sent you my file a week ago…but I appreciate how busy you are so just an enquiry today.

      • morgenbailey

        June 19, 2012 at 3:11 pm

        Hi there. It’s in amongst just over 200 other emails. I’ll email you later today (fingers crossed). 🙂

  21. William Marden

    July 12, 2012 at 5:45 am

    I’ll send a file on a novel I’m selling on barnes and noble and smashwords to you shortly. this is a great thing you’re doing. the book is “when we were married – volume one – the long fall” a 220,000- word *800 pages) novel of the law, courts, cops, crime, love, hate, marriage and divorce., and sex.

    • morgenbailey

      July 12, 2012 at 7:39 am

      Hi William. There’s no need to send me your book – I don’t do book reviews (I must make that clearer on the blog) but there are plenty of other options.

  22. shiranirajapakse

    July 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Hi Morgen,

    This looks great!. How do I get interviewed?


  23. sarahgracelogan

    August 24, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Morgen, could you possibly schedule me for a spotlight around February 10th (ish?) that’s around the time I’m hoping to release my ebook 🙂

    Obviously I’m happy to send you the text as soon as you need it!

    S x

  24. morgenbailey

    August 24, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Wednesday 13th February is all yours. 🙂

  25. Kelly

    August 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm


    Initially, you sent me the process to get interviewed by you. I am sorry, I lost track of it. My excuse is I am raising a grandson, work full-time for the US government and try to write one book while marketing two others. Let’s just say life is full. You seem very personable and I’d love to participate in your author spotlights. Please tell me how.

    Kelly Marshall

    • morgenbailey

      August 25, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      No problem, Kelly. I know how you feel (minus the grandchild). Email sent with all the details.

  26. JJ Alleson

    September 13, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Hi Morgen, A wonderful service; thanks for provided. Could you email me the details/questionnaire for your author spotlight?

    Is there any particular genre that you don’t accept?

    Warm Regards
    JJ Alleson

    • morgenbailey

      September 22, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      Hi JJ. My only pre-requisite is that an author writes, published or unpublished, any genre. I’m not fussy. 🙂 I’ve emailed you the information pack for novelists.

  27. Robert E. Hirsch

    September 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Hi, Morgan, would love to do an Author Spotlight concerning the release of my novel, Contrition, by JournalStone Publishing. Could you advise me on how or when to submit, please?

    • morgenbailey

      September 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      Hi Robert. I’ve emailed you the pack too. 🙂

      • Robert E. Hirsch

        November 1, 2012 at 3:09 am

        Hi. Morgen, for some reason I have not received the pack for Author Spotlight. Could you please forward it again? Thanks!
        Robert E. Hirsch

  28. LT Bentley

    October 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    What a fabulous forum you are providing. I would love to fill your January 26, 2013 slot. What information do you need from me?

  29. morgenbailey

    November 1, 2012 at 6:27 am

    No problem, Robert. I’ve sent it again now.

    • Robert Hirsch

      November 1, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      Thnak you so much, Morgen!

      On Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 1:27 AM, Morgen Bailey’s Writing Blog wrote:

      > ** > morgenbailey commented: “No problem, Robert. I’ve sent it again now.” >

  30. mruttleysz

    January 11, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    ‘Lo Morgen.

    What a site!

    I’m interested in an Author Spotlight. Looks like you have slots at the end of March.

    My book is memoir/narrative nonfiction.

    Maybe you don’t have a packet for that?

    But I trust you to come up with something.

    Hope to hear from you.


  31. Ronny Herman de Jong

    March 17, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Morgen, what an incredible blog you have! I have checked the requirements for your Author Spotlight and am ready to go when you are.
    Where do I send the information and pictures?
    Hugs from Ronny with a y 🙂

    • morgenbailey

      March 18, 2013 at 7:11 am

      Thanks, Ronny. My email address ( was a bit lower on the page than the specifics so I have added it in to the ‘what I need’ at the beginning and end.

  32. Robert E. Hirsch

    March 18, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Morgan, your blog sounds like something I’d love to be a part of, especia;lly the author spotlight for my recently published novel, Contrition (JournalStone Publishing). Please advise.

    • morgenbailey

      March 19, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you, Robert. I’ve emailed you.

  33. Damien White

    March 18, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Morgen I was told to get in touch with you. You can email me @

    • morgenbailey

      March 19, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      Thank you, Damien. I’ve emailed you.

  34. Micki Peluso

    March 30, 2013 at 1:52 am

    Hi Morgen, how do you accomplish so many things at once–you’re amazing. I’d like to be in your “spotlight’ and will send you my info as soon as I can–I have no problem waiting.

    • morgenbailey

      March 30, 2013 at 6:39 am

      Hi Micki. I’m fortunate enough not to have a day job so I spend my life on my computer. You’ve only done the interview (and submitted a poem) to-date so you’d be very welcome to do the author spotlight. The lead time’s not too bad at the moment so the sooner you get the content to me… no need to send photos already submitted, I can use what I have already.

      M x

  35. Rayne E. Golay

    May 29, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Hello Morgen,

    Very impressive site. It’s full of very useful info, well organized and easy to navigate. My literary fiction novel THE WOODEN CHAIR was published on May 15, 2013 as e-book. I’d be very interested in being a part of your author spotlight. Just read John Foxjohn’s post, which is great. I know you’re booked, but hope you can find a hole for me in sometime in the near fuuture..I guess if I follow the instructions on your site, I’ll get to you what you can use. Thank you so much. I’d appreciate hearing from you by e-mail.

  36. Vickram E Diwan

    May 29, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Morgen, you are doing wonderful work and a great service to all us Authors. In the stormy ocean of paid promotion and blog/website sharks out to make a quick buck at the expense of underpaid Authors; your blog and author spotlight shines as a lighthouse. Bless you and continue with the great work on your wonderful blog.

    P.S. Will shortly contact you with a formal request for appearance at your email.

    Vickram E. Diwan (

  37. carolcovin

    May 29, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    What a fantastic service you are offering by setting up all these feedback forums for writers. Love your site! I found you this morning when you posted Nancy Kyme’s author spotlight.

    • morgenbailey

      May 30, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      Thank you, Carol. I’ve just tried to email you but it bounced back. Sometimes they get through but if it doesn’t, please know that I’m not ignoring you.

  38. Caroline A Connell

    November 20, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Hi Morgen, found your blog(s)/site a couple of weeks ago and am in awe of all that you do. I’d love to contribute (both spotlight and interview) but, and if it’s ok with you, am going to learn by example and read through the contributions of others before submitting anything 🙂

  39. raynegolay

    November 20, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Morgen did a wonderful job for me both as spotlight and interview. I warmly recommend her great service.

  40. raynegolay

    November 21, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Hi Morgen, I’d love to do a guest post on your great site. Please let me know what your time frame is. I’ve been playing in my mind with one topic about things to do to keep fit in order to keep writing. Does that have appeal. Please remind me of word count. Thanks.

    • morgenbailey

      November 21, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      Hi Rayne. That sounds great. Thank you. The guidelines are on the guest blogs page but the word count is c. up to 1,000 but it doesn’t really matter, just not a War & Peace! No particular timeframe; I usually post things within a few days of getting them and I don’t have much in at the moment so it shouldn’t differ from that, although I’m behind a bit with emails but hopefully caught up by the time I receive yours.

      • raynegolay

        November 21, 2013 at 5:07 pm

        Morgen, could you dig up what I did last time? I seem to have lost it, and don’t want to repeat myself. If you find the interview and/or blog, please send it over.

        Thanks a lot. When I have it, I’ll get a blog to you. What do you think about the topic about keeping physically fit to stay mentally alert to write?

        Rayne Rayne E. Golay, Author The Wooden Chair Life Is A Foreign Language

      • morgenbailey

        November 21, 2013 at 5:41 pm

        Hi, Rayne. Everything you’ve done (will do) is (will be) listed on If you need anything else, can you email me ( rather than use this comment section. Thank you.

  41. Caroline A Connell

    May 7, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Morgen, I’ve finally read enough of the spotlights on and interviews with other authors to take the plunge myself. I’d very much like to do both, if that’s still ok with you?
    Best wishes, Caroline

  42. drewdog2060drewdog2060

    January 14, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Thanks for providing the opportunity to guest post. I will write a piece and submit to you. Regards. Kevin


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