INTERVIEW WITH WENDY CARTWRIGHT AUTHOR OF ‘TO YOU THE STARS’

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Last week, the Indie Publishing Experiment reached its long-awaited climax with the publication of ‘To You the Stars’ by Wendy Cartwright, now available via Amazon. Wendy and I finally had the chance to sit down together and talk about the whole process… Jan:  Can you explain how you came to write what is in fact, a very unusual book? Wendy: That’s quite hard to explain!  TO YOU THE STARS is an […]

HOW NOT TO GO ABOUT DESIGNING A BOOK JACKET

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After many months of editorial to-ing and fro-ing, we have our final draft of TO YOU THE STARS.  It has been proof-read.  It has been formatted.  We can’t wait to upload it to Amazon and start spreading the word.  We’ve bought our domain name.  We have our Promotional Video, ready for You Tube.  But there’s a problem.  We still haven’t got a design for the front cover. HOW CAN ANYTHING […]

THE JOY OF MAKING STUFF UP – JOURNALIST NICK COLEMAN TALKS ABOUT HIS FIRST FORAY INTO FICTION WITH ‘PILLOW MAN’.

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William has a good, steady job in retail.  He works in the bedlinen department of an Oxford Street store.  He knows everything there is to know about comfy. Lucy has a portfolio career which, in her view, is no kind of career at all.  Her life is a mess, her love life even more unsatisfactory than that.  Unable to sleep, she thinks a new pillow might be the answer. William and Lucy […]

THE INSIDE STORY ON BEING A MEDIA AGENT – INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTINE GLOVER

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Christine Glover has just taken up a new post as Media Agent at Film and TV agency, Casarotto Ramsey and Associates.  Christine has been my Media Agent for many years and I really don’t know what I’d do without her.  We met at Clifton Nurseries, Little Venice for a chat about being an agent, becoming an agent, and how the client-agent relationship works in today’s film and television industry. Christine […]

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 […]

WHY SELF-PUBLISH?

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THE INDIE PUBLISHING EXPERIMENT: PREPARATION #1  I will never forget dancing around the kitchen after my agent called to tell me that my first book (Dog on a Broomstick, Corgi Pups) was going to be published.  When it came out in 1997 I went into bookshops and gazed at it on the shelves, sneakily pulling it forward or resting it face up in the hope that sales would correspondingly soar.  […]

BOOK REVIEW – I LET YOU GO BY CLARE MACINTOSH

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Let’s Twist Again… These days, if you want to write a bestselling thriller you need a great twist. It puts your readers in an exclusive club; they talk in hushed, excited tones among themselves and refuse to divulge the secret to anyone else.  Nobody likes feeling left out, so what do they do?  Buy the book.  Think of Gone Girl, Before I Go to Sleep or S.J. Watson’s latest novel, […]