What does it take to get your brilliant story published? Writer and teacher Sophia Bennett (SJ Bennett) and her guests explore the techniques authors use to get writing and create something that agents and editors can get excited about.
'Writing is rewriting' - but sometimes it is also listening. We hope you enjoy the conversation.
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#37 Talking about the story that haunts you with Justine Picardie
Justine Picardie is a journalist, novelist and memoirist and fashion biographer. Until recently she was editor of Harpers Bazaar magazine. I first encountered her through her publication of Before I Say Goodbye, a collection of pieces by and about her sister Ruth who died of cancer in 1997. We talk about how that book came about, and how fashion and family weave their way through all her writing, including her latest book about Catherine, the sister of Christian Dior.
#36 Talking about writing and illustrating with Thomas Taylor
Thomas Taylor started out in the 1990s, aged 23, by creating some of the most famous cover art in the world - more of that later. Lately, thanks to his Eerie-on-Sea middle grade series, starting with Malamander, he has become a successful international author in his own right.
#35 Talking about writing Christie and page-turnability with Sophie Hannah, Part Two
In part 2 of my conversation with Sophie Hannah we talk about her invitation to write for the Agatha Christie estate, picking up the career of Hercule Poirot. I love Sophie's description of her working day, and her advice on how to create a pageturner. As always, there's a lot here from the creator of the Dream Author programme for writers to learn from and think about.
#34 Talking about comic fiction and sci fi with Jenny Colgan
Jenny Colgan is the Scottish-based, bestselling author of sci-fi and romantic fiction, from Doctor Who stories to novels including Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe and her latest, Five Hundred Miles from You.
#33 Talking about writing contemporary novels with Amanda Craig
Amanda Craig is a novelist and journalist whose ninth novel, The Golden Rule, was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021. She was for many years the children's book critic of The Times and now reviews children's fiction for The New Statesman and adult fiction for The Observer.
#32 Talking about the writing coach with Sophie Hannah
Sophie Hannah is an international bestselling thriller writer, author coach and poet. In part 1 of this conversation about her writing life and work, we discuss writing ambitions and dealing with rejection. Sophie vividly explains how her Dream Author coaching programme can help. I guarantee that aspiring writers will want to listen.
A must listen podcast
If you are interested in writing this is a must listen podcast. Fascinating and informative episodes. I have listened to them over and over because you always get something a new nugget of information each time. Open and honest conversation.
My new favourite podcast! If you’ve just found these fabulous musings on writing good children’s books, you have a treat in store. I’ve listened to them all - started on dog walks but had to keep stopping to make notes so now am listening to them at home with a pen. Far better!
Informative podcast about writing
A brilliant podcast that pulls back the curtain on the world of publishing. Thank you Sophia for create this podcast. As a prepublished writer I’m loving it!