Carole Blake and I

I can reveal a secret. Carole Blake often told a story of the pitching pest anonymously. The day after it happened I wrote a post called Pitching at Parties. Yes, dear reader, “Sensible and Savvy Agent” was Carole and “Sensible and Friendly Author” was me. Wild horses tearing me apart in the arena will not […]

Indie writer?  Please don’t do these things

I’ve published six books – four novels, two non-fiction –via the indie route since 2012, but in the preceding three years I learnt how to write for publication. More importantly, I learnt writing techniques: structure, plot, dialogue; how to delete adverbs, adjectives and over-writing; the techniques needed in the publishing world – proposals, submission packages, […]

My London Book Fair - Day 3

Rebecca Swift, Juliet Mushens, Iain Millar

Thursday had a calmer feel to it and I went to listen to a session on how publishers and agents are discovering new talent in these evolutionary times, led by Rebecca Swift from The Literary Consultancy, talking to Juliet Mushens from The Agency Group and Ian Millar of […]

Day 2 at #LBF2015

Getting into my stride with London busses now – the C1 service, a step away from the hotel, drops me just across the bridge from Olympia. I’ve never used the busses so regularly before – I can even answer questions about them now to other attendees. But a smattering of knowledge is a dangerous thing…

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My top ten blog posts

Me and Forum Romanum

Now it’s December, I thought I’d look back to see what the most popular posts have been. Is it a competition? No, it’s a mystery!

In 2013 and 2014 combined (in traditional reverse order)

10. The Alternation of Rome – About creating an alternative timeline and how Roma Nova was […]