2017 Publishing Trends

I’m re-blogging another author’s predictions for publishing trends in 2017.



Bye Bye Writing Group!


After 4 years of writing, talking and drinking litres of hot chocolate, it’s time to say “Bye Bye writing group!!!”. Today’s my last day as host and it’s a been a great and  long journey, but now it’s time to pass the baton on to another member to lead the group. 2016 is my year for ‘Hunting an Agent’.

I can’t say I’m going to miss the loud music at Starbucks. After 4 years I’ve developed an allergy to the sugar quantities or syrups that Starbucks uses ending up getting upset stomach! Maybe these are all signs that it’s time to move on.

I’m nervous and exicted about this new chapter in my writing journey. Who knows whether 2016 holds a lucky break, lots of rejections, self publishing or indeed a career as a novelist. There’s only one way to find out…

Goodbye 2015. Hello 2016!

As another year comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on what has been and what will be…

It’s my penultimate day as Write Together meetup host for West London Writers. After four years, it’s time to hand over the hosting baton to another member and focus on my own writing 100% and find that illusive literary agent who will represent my book. Maybe 2016 will bring that? 🙂


How to Name Your Next Novel

This is so funny 😂. I got The Satanic Mockingbird. Not sure I’d use that title for a book.

Jens Thoughts

Here’s a fun infographic concerning a title for your next book based on your name. My title would be “The Road to Love in the Time of Cholera”.  Not sure I’d use it as a title, bu it might make a great writing prompt!

See what you come up with and leave your title in the comments. Let’s share the post and see how many ideas we can generate. Who knows, the next bestselling novel might come from it. 🙂

Until Next Time…

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Winner of The Write Stuff competition at London Bookfair

I was at The London Book Fair (April 14-16) this year and watched 10 authors pitch their manuscripts to a mix of literary agents and industry professionals. It was thrilling to listen to the wide range of fiction and non-fiction works for publishing.

Sanjiv Rana flew in from India and scooped the prize for his innocent man-accused-and-sent-to-prison story. Here is his journey so far.

Winner of The Write Stuff with Alison Jones Mark Lucas Toby Mundy Orna O'Brien and Lorella Belli 300

If you want to be the winner of a book deal at London Book Fair 2016, entries for The Write Stuff is open and the deadline is 16th March 2016. Happy submitting!

Finished first draft of second novel

Hi Everyone,

I’m feeling hysterically happy about finally finishing the first draft of my second novel yesterday. It’s been two years in the writing and I can tell you it’s a relief to get to the end! Celebrated yesterday with a lovely tropical cocktail after our Write Together session in Notting Hill. From this week starts the long task of editing…


Beware Literary Snobbery: Why We Should Read Bestsellers

Totally agree with the author of the Wall Street Journal article, Beware Literary Snobbery: Why We Should Read Bestsellers:



My novel’s taking shape.  Finally, after sleepless nights plotting and scribbling away!


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Novel update

Now that Nanowrimo is over, did I make it to the 50,000 word benchmark? No, I made it to 40,000. 10,000 words short of target, but at least I got more written last month than I have done in other months. It’s worth joining just for the discipline of writing everyday.