Invisible Female Authors ..and how to find them

Updated in 2015 to include 50% less ignorance! When I browsed the fantastic events calendar for 2012’s Manchester Literature Festival, I found myself noting just how many of the female authors (but the not poets, strangely enough) I’m completely unfamiliar with. This got me to wondering why none of the female authors I follow ever do events or talks. A

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Hype, Hysteria and Haters Does success affect enjoyment?

So earlier this week I posted a review of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars to GoodReads. I am a huge fan of the work of John and his brother Hank, but I wasn’t a fan of the book. So if you’re a fan of The Fault in Our Stars, I don’t overly recommend you read that review. It isn’t written for entertainment, and is a rather meticulous explanation of why I

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London Book Fair 2014 Books! Books! Books!

Having been to London Book Fair last year and thought about returning pretty much constantly since, my happiness at being back there was inevitable. In fact, I was happy just to be in Earl’s Court again, I love that place and will miss it when it closes. This year I discovered an excellent way to slow the inevitable leg pains that come from conferences and

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London Book Fair 2013 b Day One Diary

Getting up at 3am and to London at 7am, I somehow found myself inside Earl’s Court before it was officially “open” and had plenty of time to check out the lush spaces and marvel at the fact that this was the very same Earl’s Court where a teenage me threw up during a Radiohead show 10 years ago. Feeling a little like the only man there not in a suit, I

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London Book Fair 2013 a Day Two Diary

On the whole, day two of London Book Fair seemed a little less frantic, a little more conversational, and a lot more writer-focused. Two seminars from Literary Agents revealed an underlying truth- that authors are no longer a resource for agents to draw on, but tools they have to utilise. Tools they have to chase after, learn to work with and keep in happy

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Reviewing Me, Reviewing You Can you review a book when the author is watching?

While promoting my deconstruction of Andrew Klavan’s Man and Wife, I made the mistake of linking myself on what I thought was a fan page but turned out to be a page managed by Klavan himself. Suddenly (and pretentiously) I felt his eyes and the eyes of his core fans turning on me, putting pressure on the quality and content of my eventual review. I

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Writing Writing On Writing A writing guide is the easiest thing to write.

The easiest and most unique thing to write is a writing guide. No other How-To guide can be so full of regrets and failed expectations, and still be taken seriously. An unpublished writer can tell you what you should do, tell you the best way to get something published, how difficult that is, and the common traps to avoid. An unemployed bricklayer will

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