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06/12/2015
Waste paper bin

Go for 80 rejections like Marlon James

Go for 80 rejections like Marlon James I nearly gave up on finding a publisher for my debut novel Beat The Rain after only 8 rejections from Literary Agents and no rejections from any publishers. I’d been so excited about finishing […]
28/01/2016
Beat The Rain initial book cover concepts

The importance of book cover design – and it’s not what you think

The importance of book cover design – and it’s not what you think The cover design for Beat The Rain has been a really interesting journey for me – and was a big part of the highs and lows of […]
03/03/2016

How I accidentally wrote a psychological thriller

How I accidentally wrote a psychological thriller I didn’t set out to write a psychological thriller. In fact, if I’m honest, I didn’t even realise I had written one. I was pitching Beat The Rain as literary fiction, general fiction, relationship […]
11/03/2016
should-end-be-in-look-inside

Should you include the end of your novel in Amazon’s ‘Look Inside’ feature?

Should you include the end of your novel in Amazon’s ‘Look Inside’ feature? My publisher has added the ‘Look Inside’ feature for Beat The Rain on Amazon, which is fantastic. But included in this is the epilogue of the novel. […]
07/06/2016
How relationships end

How do relationships really end? With a bang or a trickle?

New novel explores how relationships really end How do relationships really end? Is it one momentous moment triggered by an event like an affair or betrayal? Or a slow decline, going unnoticed at first, building to a crescendo? New novel […]
17/12/2017

Does anyone value literary fiction anymore?

Does anyone value literary fiction anymore? Truth is, I haven’t been writing much recently. I often need ‘recovery time’ after finishing a novel, and The Pursuit of Ordinary was no exception. Partly, that’s due to the material I write – […]