Getting Into Publishing – Vicki Le Feuvre Agency Editor

What do you do with a BA in English? What is my life going to be? Four years of college And plenty of knowledge Have earned me this useless degree. Opening lines of Avenue Q As I sat in the Noël Coward Theatre part way through my first year at Royal Holloway University of London…

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…

Getting Into Publishing

Have you ever wondered how on earth anyone actually gets into publishing? Are you yourself currently struggling to get your foot into any book-related door possible? Or do you just want to know a little more about us and our employment histories? If you answered ‘YES’ to any of these questions then you’re in luck!…

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…

11 Ways Not To Start Your Novel – No. 1

Oh hi! How have you been? Crikey, what sort of weather have we been having? And the traffic on the way here? Absolute nightmare. Especially with these petrol prices, don’t even get me started. Still, that’s a lovely cardigan you’re wearing. Did you happen to catch the game last night? There’s nothing wrong with small…