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Sources of inspiration

Where do you get your ideas from? It’s a question I am asked regularly. And my answer is ‘everywhere’. Considering my profession is writing, I spend much more of my time thinking about what I might write rather than actually noting it down. I am a compulsive thinker – not just that, but I like […]


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Don’t get rejected before they’ve even read a word…

People who work in book publishing always have a ridiculous amount of reading to get through. I once worked on what is pejoratively termed the ‘slush pile’ in the HarperCollins fiction department, where I would often be the first reader. As such, I would get to decide if the story was worth further consideration by those higher […]


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On pursuing publication

This blog also appeared on the Random House ‘Random Blogs’ website on 9th April 2010 I was recently asked advice on how to become a published writer. Here’s my take on what it takes: Originality In general, the more original your concept, the better. But originality must still be able to be placed within the […]


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