My reads of 2017

As Christmas approaches (who am I kidding, in publishing Christmas pretty much begins in July!) I've been thinking about all the books I've read over the year, and what my favourites are - the ones I'd recommend to everybody, the ones I'll be wrapping up and putting under the tree. With my job as a… Continue reading My reads of 2017


Halloween giveaway!

The lovely folks over at With Love for Books are hosting a guest post from me, all about what Halloween means to me. They're also giving away a free bound copy of The Doll House, plus some Halloween sweets that I will send to the winner! If you want to check it out, and see… Continue reading Halloween giveaway!

Publicity and Marketing

What authors can do for themselves

Taking more inspiration from the brilliant Book Connectors Facebook group, I wanted to answer some questions about what sort of marketing/publicity things writers can do for themselves. Previously, I wrote about what a publishing house can do for you, and this post will cover some of the things you can do to add to that.… Continue reading What authors can do for themselves


Why the submission process takes so long

One of the things that gave me a huge amount of anxiety when I was first trying to get published was being on submission, which I've written about briefly before. However, the thing that crops up time and time again through talking to other writers is the waiting times - how long it can sometimes… Continue reading Why the submission process takes so long

Publicity and Marketing

Publicity – what to expect as a new author

I had some great suggestions for blog posts this week from the lovely Book Connectors Facebook group - thank you everybody for commenting! It was really interesting to see some of the questions people were wondering about, and I want to do my best to try to answer some of them in the next few… Continue reading Publicity – what to expect as a new author


Pigeonhole – the book club in your pocket!

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!

publishing · writing

How the editorial process works

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


Facebook Live on the HarperCollins page

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

publishing · writing

How it feels to have a book published

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