IS MAKING A BOOK TRAILER A ‘MUST’ OR A STEP TOO FAR?

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Last Saturday, we got up at the crack of dawn and headed to Oxford.  The car boot was crammed with props, costumes, bottles of water, a box of tea-bags, gaffer tape and bin liners. The sky was blue, the sun was shining, our lead actor’s train had arrived on time and the car-park at the back of Tescos was empty – the gods were on our side.   It’d had been […]

INTERVIEW WITH SIMON PACKHAM – AUTHOR OF NEW TEEN NOVEL ‘ONLY WE KNOW’

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  Jan: Firstly, congratulations on the publication of your latest teen novel ONLY WE KNOW (Piccadilly Press), sixth in the series set at St. Thomas’ Community College.   I know that before you became a full-time writer you were an actor and a comedian, but have you always been a writer in your heart? Simon: Yes, definitely.  My Dad was a teacher but he also wrote loads of radio plays, so […]

CAN YOU AFFORD TO HAVE YOUR NOVEL EDITED?  CAN YOU AFFORD NOT TO?

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You only have to look at the Acknowledgements at the end of a novel to see that there are usually a lot of people to thank.  Spouses, children, friends, teachers, agents and of course – editors.   They can be a powerful force, changing the direction of a book and taking it from good to great.  Think of Max Perkins for example, literary editor for F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and […]

INTERVIEW WITH ARCHERS SCRIPTWRITER MARY CUTLER

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Mary Cutler, longest-serving scriptwriter on BBC Radio 4’s The Archers JAN: Hello, Mary.  Lovely to be talking to you today in your sitting room in Birmingham, with your beautiful cat on my lap…  Let’s start… I know you’ve dipped into other media during your long writing career – prose fiction, theatre and television – but your heart clearly belongs to radio drama and particularly, The Archers.  Why is that?  MARY: The thing […]