This year I am looking forward to speaking at several literary events and festivals, and have listed them all here in case anybody wants to come along (also for myself, so that I don't forget to go...) Guernsey Literary Festival 2020: 2nd May, Getting Published: a panel discussion. This will run from 4-5pm and will… Continue reading Book events in 2020
Hello everybody! Sorry for the slight hiatus, I just started a new job working at Orion and the last six weeks have been somewhat full-on! Anyway, I'm very excited to be taking part in some events in May and the summer, and would love to see you there if you're interested. Details below... May 10th,… Continue reading Upcoming book events for 2019
I am speaking at a couple of literary festivals this summer which I'm very excited about! I am also running a workshop on writing a psychological thriller on September 15th at the Chiswick Book Festival, so if you think you have a novel in you, please do come along! Tickets here (booking advisable). For those… Continue reading Upcoming book events!
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
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
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
One of the absolute best things to come out of joining an agency and getting published is meeting other writers. I feel very lucky to have met some wonderful authors who are now friends, and for anyone trying to get published I would say this is key. It's so lovely to have others who are… Continue reading Writer friends
This post should really be called getting the email, or as it turned out, email(s). I had been working with my wonderful agent, Camilla Wray at Darley Anderson, for almost two years when we had the news that the team at HQ wanted to publish The Doll House. I remember exactly where I was when… Continue reading Getting the call