I liked her: Bookclub fiction

One of the most common reasons given by editors for turning a prospective book down is that they find the main protagonist unsympathetic or the characters in general not 'likeable' enough. Writers find this reasoning absolutely maddening of course (all rejections are maddening, but this one especially so), because firstly they rather liked their characters; and secondly…

A Million Dream Maps: The Market

One of the questions agents are often asked is what kind of books we're looking for. Most of the time we're waiting to be struck by lightning - for our heaving pile of submissions to offer up a script which shape-shifts from pumpkin into carriage as we turn its pages... which looks like all the…