1. Decide what kind of writer you want to be. I knew I wanted to be commercially successful. I gave my agent a list of ideas and asked her ‘which one can you sell?’ 2. Show up to the page, everyday. Just show up and write. Even if its nonsense it might take you where you were supposed to be. 3. Make sure you are passionate about your subject matter. You’ll be spending the next … [Read more...] about Claire Garber’s Top Five Writing Tips
Archives for July 2013
Caroline Hogg has worked in publishing for almost ten years, at Little, Brown Book Group and more recently at Avon, HarperCollins. She's currently at Pan Macmillan as Senior Commissioning Editor for Commercial Women's Fiction. She knows her stuff! Today's question comes from a Novelicious reader who asks: Caroline, do you think books get turned down by agents more … [Read more...] about Ask the Editor – Do books get turned down by agents more often because of poor writing or because the timing is not right?
I have to admit that before I got my book deal I didn’t give the components of it that much thought. I wanted to be traditionally published, I got offered a book deal that would see that happen, but I have to admit I was totally naive as to what a publishing contract really entailed. First up was the World rights vs World English rights. World rights means that the … [Read more...] about The Secret Dreamworld of an Aspiring Author by Anna Bell – The Small Print
I love crime. Well, not in real life, that's not right. But I love to read about it and I love a good mystery. I love the thrill of finding a gruesome murder, and wading through people's messed-up lives, like a voyeur, trying to guess whodunit. Crime fiction has moved on a lot since Agatha Christie, and it's nothing like guessing in the library, with the dagger by … [Read more...] about Ten books…Whodunit?
Celia Anderson's novel Sweet Proposal is out on 1st of August. In the latest in our series, she tells us why Miss Buncle's Book inspired her to become an author. D. E Stevenson’s story, first published in 1959, changed my life because she made me yearn to be an author. In this well-crafted book, Barbara Buncle chooses that role for herself when, having naively … [Read more...] about The Book That Changed My Life: Celia Anderson chooses Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson