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Over the past nine months I have witnessed my wife self-publish a children’s picture book, a good friend get published by Penguin and my own debut novel comes out in May with Urbane Publications, a proud member of The Independent Publishing Guild. Each route has advantages and drawbacks. I attempt here to highlight the main [...]

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On a recent business trip I was luxuriating in the Upper Class cabin of a Virgin flight when I noticed two people get on the plane at the last minute, and sit three rows in front of me. The lady had an armful of designer shopping bags and the gentleman a full length cashmere coat [...]

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I attended the book launch of Ali's Land debut Good Me Bad Me on Thursday evening. The weather was grim, but in the basement of Waterstones Tottenham Court Road all was cosy and jovial. Ali was on the same Faber Academy course as me in 2014 and was clearly a talented writer. During the course, we [...]

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Writing is like a non-Newtonian fluid. NNFs can act like normal liquids under some circumstances, but can act like a solid in other circumstances. You can make an NNF by mixing water with corn-flour at home. If you get the mix right and hit it hard with a spoon, the mixture will become hard and [...]

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I recently told my boss about the forthcoming book publication and explained that I wanted to spend more time writing. So he generously allowed me to start working three days a week at my office, leaving two days a week (plus evenings and the weekend) to work on my writing. Early days still, but loving [...]

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