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bookbybook 20: Matthew Condon

It’s the most brilliant pleasure to discover an affinity with a writer’s work but it’s even sweeter when you dare to harness an affinity with the writer himself. When I was a young, aspiring writer in Australia, the young, accomplished writer whose work I valued most was Matthew Condon. Foremost, I loved the humour and pathos of… Continue reading bookbybook 20: Matthew Condon

Independent publishing · work-in-progress

My New Online Fiction Serial

Last year, I wrote on here about the importance of the second novel, because I’d heard that the best thing you can do to support the book you’ve written is to produce another one. Critical mass really helps create a presence in readers’ if not retailers’ minds. So, I duly set about starting another novel… Continue reading My New Online Fiction Serial

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bookbybook 19: Chris Brookmyre

There aren’t many crime writers who have won awards for comic fiction, but Chris Brookmyre has. His exuberantly titled All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses An Eye (his books might not be best suited to the squeamish) won the Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, but his most recent plaudits have been for hard-boiled… Continue reading bookbybook 19: Chris Brookmyre

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bookbybook 18: Lesley Glaister

Lesley Glaister has written thirteen novels – the kind that linger in the mind, playfully haunting you in the way Daphne du Maurier’s books do. Little Egypt is the latest but others include Nina Todd Has Gone, Honour Thy Father, Sheer Blue Bliss and Honour Thy Father. With good reason she has been described as… Continue reading bookbybook 18: Lesley Glaister

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bookbybook 17: Ursula Dubosarsky

When I first met Ursula Dubosarsky, I didn’t know she was a writer. She was a (very young) Latin teacher at my secondary school. Then, suddenly (a bit like something from one of her novels) she left, and just a few weeks later, a copy of her first novel, High Hopes, arrived in the post… Continue reading bookbybook 17: Ursula Dubosarsky

editing · work-in-progress

Where Are the Words?

Imagine measuring the year in terms of sales. You’d start with your brand-new hardback and its trade paperback editions for export or airside, the retailer specific exclusives, and the high-priced ebook. You’d add on the paperback of last year’s hardback, here and abroad. Then you’d include the relaunched backlist, all with a pound added on… Continue reading Where Are the Words?

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bookbybook 16: William Sutcliffe

William Sutcliffe is enjoying great critical success as a writer for young adults – The Wall was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and Concentr8 made the YA Book Prize shortlist. Before that, he had huge success with books for a run of exceptionally funny books for adults. (Although teens could and did read them, and… Continue reading bookbybook 16: William Sutcliffe