The first of three excerpts from this title from the A & C Black Writing Handbooks series looks at research:
'Always ask yourself why a document was written, why it says what it says, whether its statements are internally consistent and whether they can be backed up by other sources.'
Masterclasses at the London Book Fair
Sophie Hannah: you can ‘improve your chances by being as fully informed as possible.’ ‘Know as much as you can about the scene… the more knowledge you have about the poetry world the better.’
‘How lucky can we be. I don’t have a problem, I have pleasure after pleasure… I’m the luckiest person alive.’
Bernard Cornwall and Philippa Gregory on writing historical fiction.
'You have to work out a way of finding an audience for your book... If you don't know where it's going to go in a bookshop, it's going to be a problem... The message is that whatever you're writing... you have to be aware of what is going on in the book trade.' Jonny Geller
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