This should really be called what a commercial editor looks for, as that's what I'm talking about here! As part of my day job as a fiction editor, I need to commission a certain amount of titles per year to make sure that our division of the company makes money. This is, in fact, a… Continue reading What an editor looks for and why
I'm so excited to be partnering up with Pigeonhole, a digital serialisation company that will be giving away sections of my book, The Doll House, for FREE! It's very simple to join up and they will then deliver the full book (in sections) to your phone, along with extra content from me and the opportunity… Continue reading Pigeonhole – the book club in your pocket!
So you’ve reached the amazing stage where someone wants to publish your book. You’re excited, you’re nervous, you’ve finally been able to tell your friends and family without panicking that you’ll somehow jinx it and your publisher will call you to tell you that actually, sorry, this whole thing has been a strangely elaborate joke.… Continue reading How the editorial process works
So I ran a Twitter poll the other day asking people what topic would be the most useful for me to write about, as I really want to try to make this little blog as useful as possible. When I was trying to get published, I spent HOURS trawling the internet for information about the… Continue reading How a book deal works
I thought it might be helpful to share the original submission letter which I sent to my lovely agent, Camilla at Darley Anderson. Now, please bear in mind I wrote this letter a couple of years ago, when I was young and fairly naive - but it did get me an agent, so I thought… Continue reading My submission letter to my agent
Yesterday, someone asked me if I was feeling happy about how my first book, The Doll House, is doing. 'I don't know,' I replied, and I wasn't trying to be evasive or modest or cagey or any of those things, I just really found it hard to explain how I am feeling two weeks after the… Continue reading That two week feeling…
Tomorrow afternoon at 4.45pm, I will be live with my lovely editor Charlotte answering readers' questions about The Doll House and writing in general. I have done some of these before as the interviewing editor, so it will feel very strange to be on the other side of it! It will be hosted on the… Continue reading Facebook Live on the HarperCollins page
It's 4.38 am, in the early hours of Thursday, 14th September. I'm wide awake, staring into the darkness of my room (well, mainly darkness. I live next to a train line so there is the occasional flashing light!). I have to be up for work in less than three hours, but even though I know… Continue reading How it feels to have a book published
Last week, I spoke to the absolutely lovely Sarah Painter, who runs a brilliant podcast called The Worried Writer. I've listened to her podcast for the last couple of years - I used to listen on my walk to work before I got lazy and started taking the bus) and it's honestly such a great… Continue reading The Worried Writer Podcast
I wanted to give a little insight into the inspiration behind my first novel, The Doll House. The book is in no way autobiographical, but the central image is based upon a house my own father made for me when I was a child. We lived in Essex back then, in a tiny village (which… Continue reading Behind the Scenes at the Doll House
It was an absolute dream come true to write a piece for the brilliant Marie Claire, which appeared earlier this month and is here below in full. Being in a sorority was such a strange but fascinating period of my life and it was really fun to revisit it by writing this piece. Plus they… Continue reading My time as a sorority sister – Marie Claire
I wanted to write a post about the submission process, which can be one of the scariest times in a writer's life. I remember when I first went on submission I spent ages reading blogs about it to see what other people's experiences had been and compare them to my own, but the truth is,… Continue reading The submission process…
The Harrogate Crime Festival happens every year, but this was my first one as I've been away on hols for this weekend for the past couple of years. I went in my capacity as editor, as we had lots of lovely authors attending - one of whom. C.L. Taylor, won an award! However, it was… Continue reading Harrogate Crime Writing Festival
It's incredible how many different platforms there are! However I'm thrilled that The Doll House is now available to read and review on Goodreads so if you fancy a sneak peek, do head over and any rating would mean the world to me. Thank you!
Calling all book reviewers and bloggers! Very happy to say that my book, The Doll House, is now available to request on NetGalley (and has been as of Friday!) I would have posted this earlier but I've just got back from the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival - more on that later. If you're interested in… Continue reading The Doll House on NetGalley