What’s the Best Love Story of All Time, Camilla?

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! (Otherwise known as the day we finally settled the immortal question of just what is the best love story ever told.) All this week we’ve been giving Darley’s angels a chance to vote for the love story that they think should win the title of Best Love Story of All Time….

What’s the Best Love Story of All Time, Clare?

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! (Otherwise known as the day where people seem to be carrying around a lot more flowers than is usual.) It’s time for us to decide once and for all what the best love story of all time is. All this week we’ve been posting a new answer each day from one…

Getting Into Publishing – Emma Winter Rights Assistant

‘Don’t worry, you’ll get there soon enough’ and ‘If it’s worth getting, it’s worth waiting for’ were among the many platitudes that kept me going  whilst trying to get a job in publishing. Having graduated in 2011, with a BA Hons in American Literature and Creative Writing, there was nothing I really wanted to do more…

11 Ways Not To Start Your Novel – No. 4

With Onomatopoeia EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEOOOW KER-SPLAT! I’m really sorry to have to tell you but that is the sound of a literary agent’s expectations plummeting at the sight of onomatopoeia in the first few lines of your novel. Especially if it’s written in capitals, as they so often are. This is not to say you cannot describe…

11 Ways Not To Start Your Novel – No. 3

With a Description of the Moon Quick! Pick a card, any card. Now think of a number between 1 and 10. Next think of a colour. And a vegetable. Got them all? OK? Carrot, red, 7 and either the Ace of Spades or the Queen of Hearts, failing that something with a 3 or a…

11 Ways Not To Start Your Novel – No. 2

With Your Protagonist Looking Into a Mirror The other day as I stared at my reflection in the bathroom mirror of my north London flat I recalled that my hair is fine and dyed a darker brunette then it would naturally grow to match my darker than average brown eyes. The shadows under my eyes…