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Recently, I was lucky enough to be one of the judges for the Amazon New Christmas Carol Writing Competition.

It was a lovely experience; not least because of the great quality of the writing – so many fab stories to peruse! I also got to spend some time with Ian Beck (who will be illustrating the winning entry), and during that time, we got talking about the original Christmas Carol, and what it was all about.

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I was having a chat with someone recently about getting published – mainly regarding how bewildering it all is, and how hard it is to know where to get started. With that in mind, I thought I’d share a bit of insight into how I got published, and the hard lessons I learnt along the way. 

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Exeter is a lovely city – though I’ll admit, I’m biased, because I live here. For those of you who have never visited, it’s a mish-mash of old and new; quaint cobbled alleyways and modern high streets, elegant Tudor buildings standing alongside contemporary housing. 

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I was really chuffed to be asked to be one of this year’s judges for the Amazon Christmas children’s writing competition. As part of it all, I’ll be heading into London this Friday to do some radio interviews alongside Ian Beck – who is an awesomely talented illustrator (and also illustrating the winner of the competition!).

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When you’re starting out as a writer, your focus is likely to be on getting the darned thing written. Writing a full-length book is hard work by anyone’s standards – and it’s a great achievement to finally make it to the end.