The Literary Consultancy’s Conference 2014 pt.3


The final day of the conference was billed as a ‘Bonus Day’. What was on offer was on a first-come basis, with emails being sent weeks before the conference for delegates to put their name down for various opportunities.

I was really keen to get onto the Royal Society of Literature’s Masterclass with Bernadine Evaristo (above), so I think I replied 45minutes after the programme was sent out! I did get on, along with several delegates, a contest winner and members of the RSL.

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The Literary Consultancy’s Conference 2014 pt.2


The first session of the second day I unfortunately missed as I was heaving with cold. Seriously, I am rarely ill but when I am I make a damn good job of it. Apparently it involved a free writing exercise that I was sorry to have missed.

The next session was the keynote of the day by Piers Alexander, author of The Bitter Trade. Piers was attending as last year’s Pen Factor winner to describe his self-publishing journey.

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The Literary Consultancy’s Conference 2014 pt.1


This weekend just gone was the annual TLC Conference, at which I was one of the delegates. The conference’s subtitle: Writing in a Digital Age was something I was very keen to get to grips with over the three-day event.

The keynote speech from Cory Doctorow (you can listen to the full speech here) was a wonderfully entertaining look at the dominance of Amazon, digital rights management and the importance of keeping control of your intellectual property.

This was followed by Neilson Book’s Industry Snapshot. For me, this was one of the highlights of the whole weekend. What it showed was what I have been ploughing on about for over a year now: commercial fiction is selling.

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Fictional Fathers

My (not-so) old dad has always been one of the few people who hasn’t told me to stop reading at the table.

He supported me when I started writing full time. He encouraged me to do my Masters. He asks about my writing, publishing progress and general wordiness.

My dad is not a writer and he reads sparsely as his job keeps him extremely busy. His emotional investment is beyond worth.

Before you drown in sloppiness, here are my top five Fictional Fathers.

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