The Pitch

Being able to pitch your story within a couple of sentences is vital in the book industry with the aptly named Elevator Pitch coming from the idea of being able to pitch your idea should you ever find yourself in a lift with an agent or editor.  Similar things to the pitch are loglines and…

For the love of books

One of my new year’s aims is to read more.  But it’s not just reading more – I’m making it A Thing.  I’m going to savour it (and savouring ticks mental health boxes galore).  I’m going to light the fire, warm my slippers, unearth the cosy blanket from wherever the kids have hidden it, make…

Be kind to yourself

It’s a phrase that’s quite in vogue at the moment.  We see someone having a tough time and we instruct them to be kind to themselves.  I look back a decade to me with small children and wish someone had explained what that meant.  That it’s okay to put your own needs first sometimes, without…

People-watcher by profession

I’m a people-watcher.  I’ve spent the majority of my adult life and a significant proportion of my childhood being a people-watcher, or more specifically a people-analyser.  On the occasions I find myself in a park or at a train station I play a game; make up a story about someone who walks past (stick with…

In the wake of reading

I’ve just finished reading The Explorer by Katherine Rundell and it was exactly as the bookshop lady said: magical.  Achingly magical.  It is one of those books that when it’s time to do a thing, you justify doing the thing later and decide instead to read one more chapter.  Then another and another.  The feeling…

Playing the long game

‘Play the long game’ is my new mantra; I have it pinned above my desk.  When I feel as if I’m falling behind where I think I should be, I remind myself of this.  There is no rush.  It is not a race. I started writing seriously several years ago, and by seriously I mean…

Finding the balance

On the road to publication there are several phases that come and go like seasons – drafting, editing, waiting, rejection and procrastination.  I find myself wrestling with each one when I’m in the throes of it, but afterwards I can often see the benefits.  My aim now is to try and balance the downsides with…