I’m not usually one for New Year’s Resolutions. Mainly because I seem unable to keep them, especially if they involve cutting back on chocolate, alcohol or any other vice. Years of experience has taught me that my will-power is at its most pathetic around mid-January, which doesn’t bode well for any half-hearted promises made the week before!
I’m a terrible one for getting carried away about Christmas. You know that scene in Elf, where Will Ferrell gets over-excited about the prospect of seeing Father Christmas and starts literally bouncing on the spot? That’s not far off my own reaction…hence we’ve now living in a house that’s starting to resemble a magical grotto / junk yard (depending on your view-point).
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.
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.
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.