Today was a day much like any other EXCEPT for one remarkable thing: a nice chap from the editorial team presented me with a copy of my first ever published book Oh Sugar! So... what happens when you’ve wanted to be an author all your life and you see a printed copy of your book for the… Continue reading Writing a Book (Part 8): What happens when you’ve wanted to be an author all your life and you finally see a copy of your first published book?
Reading a book is easy. Writing one is slightly harder. (Guess which I excel at?!) So when I met Christine Hurst on the 30 Day Challenge earlier this year and discovered that she was a children’s author, she was instantly catapulted to god-like status in my eyes. Thankfully, her journey to being published has been… Continue reading How to be a children’s author
In 2006 I read an article about ambition in writers written by Michael Allen. I knew it was a good article. (I printed a copy and reread it every year or so.) But ironically, I was so deeply mired in my own ambitions, I didn’t realise quite how good it was until now. Michael is… Continue reading Ambition in writers
In 1973 Stephen King was a teacher and an aspiring author.Alongside teaching high school English classes at HampdenAcademy, he wrote short stories which he sold to men’s magazines. In the evenings and weekends he worked on novels. And on Friday afternoons he “liked to get drunk.”Times were hard: he was driving a knackered car which… Continue reading Writers who nearly didn’t get published: Stephen King
OK, it's been a week since I sent off my manuscripts and, surprisingly, I have yet to wake up to see helicopters landing in my back garden with publishers leaping out waving multi-million pound contracts. Strange… I posted the manuscripts a week ago, last Friday... so they should have… Continue reading The helicopters haven’t landed yet