I cannot believe that January is over already! I feel like I'm still only just getting the hang of normal life again - although some people might contest that assessment. I'm looking forward to more sunshine and longer days, although I don't doubt we've got at least two or three more cold snaps to go … Continue reading BLOG: January Round-Up
This is a little later than anticipated - largely because the last few weeks have been pretty busy! With Christmas finally over, things are starting to calm down a bit. If you guys are stuck on what to do with your time in the long January days, here's a run down of November and December's … Continue reading BLOG: November and December Round-Up
Happy New Year everyone! Welcome to 2019. 1st January also marks the first birthday of this blog! I have managed at least one review a week for a whole year, which I'll be honest I didn't think I would be able to keep up with at times. It's been really fun exercise, and it's made … Continue reading BLOG: One year anniversary!
This week is Work In Publishing week, run by the Publishers Association. Over on twitter, you can follow #WorkInPublishing to find information from various companies who want to open up the field and attract more people to the business. So it seems wonderfully fitting to announce this week that I will be starting as a … Continue reading BLOG: Work In Publishing Week – Finally Getting an Offer
Saturday 10th November was the annual SYP autumn conference. The theme was innovation and disruption in publishing, questioning established beliefs and practices in the UK publishing industry. Stream 1 was entitled "Write Your Own Story", which looked at started a career in publishing, and also alternative ways to manage or develop your career. Stream 2 … Continue reading BLOG: The SYP Conference 2018 – Rewriting the (Rule)Book
October is one of my favourite months of the year – it marks the beginning of a run of my favourite things, Halloween through to Christmas. My wedding anniversary is this month, which is always nice to celebrate as an excuse for some more cake. And perhaps because I’ve been working in a University since … Continue reading BLOG: October Round-Up
Back in 2015, I applied for a place on the UCL MA Publishing. I got an interview, and travelled all the way down to London, where I met Dr Melanie Ramdarshan-Bold and Professor Iain Stevenson. It was the most positive interview experience I’ve ever had, and I came out of it feeling buoyed up and … Continue reading BLOG: The Stevenson Award – Legacies in Publishing
Who hasn’t, at some point, looked across on the train or in the café, seen what someone else is reading and felt a sense of distaste that someone is reading ‘trash’? Perhaps it comes with that additional flush of intellectual superiority, that you are able to recognise how appalling that book is, whilst they cannot … Continue reading BLOG: In Defence of Bad Books
My previous blog post talked about how long you should be aiming to make your novel. Today I want to talk about the different stages it will go through before you have a final product. Beta Reading This is something I first came across in relation to fanfiction, although since studying my MA I have … Continue reading BLOG: Beta Reading vs Proofreading vs Editing
Lately, I have found myself thinking about the length of books, and with NaNoWriMo coming up, it seemed like the perfect time to discuss what the ‘sweet spot’ was for the length of a novel – particularly debut novels. I currently have on my TBR list three massive books, all topping between 600 and 800 … Continue reading BLOG: How Long Should a Debut Novel Be?