In the run up to the Hursley Park Book Fair this weekend, I’ve paired up with one of the authors to bring you some top tips for writing your first novel. Applicable for all authors, hopefully these do’s and don’ts help. Enjoy!
So, there’s your book. You can see it in your mind’s eye. It’s going to stand out from the rest – after all, it’s yours and bound to be a best seller. First, take a reality check. They say there’s a book in everyone. You would think that was true when you realise it’s estimated that one million English language books will be published this year.
First rule is ‘Enjoy writing for writing’s sake and see where it takes you’. Be an optimist but don’t be disheartened if your first effort doesn’t get the agents and publishers rushing to your door. A rejection letter isn’t an instruction to stop trying. It’s a reminder that you are in a demanding marketplace, awash with mediocrity and that you need to continuously listen and learn if you want to make what is good even better. Continue reading