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Puddle-headed publishers pick a plot and pray. . ..

April 21st, 2011

Wandy150riting a novel requires stamina, perseverance and great imagination. Technically, it requires that the author has exemplary skills of characterisation, description, dialogue, wit, originality and the patience to do meticulous research in order to attain a level of realism which will draw readers in. Sadly, it doesn’t mean, given that you have all of these qualities, that you will be an instant hit. Stop-Press: Publishers don’t always get it right!

Probably the biggest player in this litany of literary qualities is…luck. Right place, right time and a publisher who’s just had a good lunch and therefore feels happy with the world, probably plays a bigger role in getting your book published than any of the other laudable attributes. ‘Surely not’ I hear you cry. Well, read on, and don’t call me Shirely. . ..

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Have your book published for free!

December 24th, 2010

First, a big thank you to Susan for last week’s blog.  I couldn’t agree more – I visit my local library frequently and often order books I’ve read about in newspaper and magazine reviews – it saves me a fortune!  But I suspect that as money gets tighter cuts will get deeper – already, many libraries in the UK are no longer able to afford to stock a range of magazines.  I know it’s a cliché, but if we don’t use our libraries, we could lose them! Read the rest of this entry »




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