So this year at the Stockholm Writer’s Festival I had the lucky opportunity to pitch my manuscript to an agent. My actual manuscript. TO AN ACTUAL AGENT. And whilst I didn’t get a: “holy moly, you’re amazing, it’s done deal!” I did get a: “I’d read that, send it over.” Which I’m taking as a…Read more Sell your book in 60 seconds: top tips for verbal pitches
I've written a lot about getting rejected as a writer. And that's because we do get rejected. A LOT. But also, sometimes, something just falls into place. And you get an email popping into your inbox saying "we'd like to publish your piece." And, if you're anything like me, you lose your shit and start…Read more How Many Rejections Does it Take to Get Your Writing Published?
The final stage in any writer's checklist is simultaneously the most important one: selecting the right literary magazine to send your carefully crafted piece of prose to. But choosing the right literary magazine for your work is crucial. How do you find the one that matches your tone? Your style? Your quirky use of colons?…Read more The Ultimate List of Literary Journals in the UK and US: Where to Submit Your Writing
Imagine spending weeks training for a marathon, putting in the hard work, the blood, sweat and sore muscles only to be told when you get to the start line that your running style isn't quite right for this sort of marathon. They might really like the way you sound like a pair of Victorian bellows when you…Read more How to Deal with Rejection as a Writer
The idea of every word you write is to pull the reader to the next word. Each sentence has to drag them to the next sentence. Each chapter to the next chapter. And so on, and so forth. Our jobs, as writers, is to keep readers reading. And no reader is more important, initially, than…Read more 7 Points In Your Story That Agents Stop Reading
So this weekend in Stockholm an awesome bunch of creative writers were all in the same room, alongside publishers, agents and some seriously heavy hitting authors. As part of this event, you could book a 10-minute slot to sit face to face with a real-life agent and pitch your book. If that sounds terrifying it's probably because…Read more 10 Tips for Pitching to Agents from the Stockholm Writer’s Festival
I did something truly insane today. I submitted a piece of work to The New Yorker. It was a piece I've been working on for about two months now, a short story that follows a young girl in the run-up to a natural disaster. I went through about six edits to get to the final…Read more The Terror of Submitting Your First Piece of Fiction