Editing: an agent’s perspective

After I blogged about editing, my agent, Hannah Sheppard, kindly offered to write about the editing process from an agent’s point of view.  I thought I would LOVE to read that, so figured other writers would too. So here’s Hannah, D H H Literary Agency Director, pug enthusiast and all-round lovely person: I read Kate’s…

Editing with an agent

I confess I’m addicted to blogs on the querying process and the ‘how I got my agent’ stories out there and I was looking forward to reading a new selection on the next part of the process but the trail goes cold. And understandably so, if I think about it. But talking about what I’m…

The first school visit

Ten days ago I did my first ‘proper’ school visit (by proper I mean not at my children’s school). And I was nervous! A teacher friend runs a monthly lunchtime book club and she’d asked me to come along to talk to the children. My remit: to talk about writing characters and the importance of…

To write or not to write at Christmas

On the cusp of Christmas and this is the question on my mind. Should I sneak in a few words per day, or declare the whole week a holiday, set myself up on the sofa and emerge in the New Year? In order to find out what others are doing, I conducted some highly scientific…

Am I worthy?

Early on in my writing I would often stick to characters like me or like the people around me, following the instruction to ‘write what you know’ but as I’ve improved, my writing is becoming more adventurous in the characters and situations and as I push boundaries (my own personal ones) I sometimes get stopped…

Story ideas

This past week I’ve returned to a story which I shelved four months ago because I couldn’t work out the plot. It wasn’t through lack of ideas, quite the opposite. I had the structures for about five different versions of the same story. But which one to choose? I couldn’t, so shut the file and…

I’m a writer

I’ve realised that it’s been a while since I last blogged, and now there’s that distinct Autumny back-to-school feel, I thought I’d get back to it. So, how’ve you been? Since I last blogged, things have changed for me. My youngest started school which has given me the gift and responsibility of more time. Going…