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Interview: Francesca Main, Publishing Director, Picador

FrancescaMainphotonew_jpgFrancesca Main is Picador’s Publishing Director and one of the best-known literary editors, not least for her work on Jessie Burton’s bestselling The Miniaturist. Francesca was part of the judging team for The Fresher Prize 2017, the short story category of which I was delighted to win this year, and she was kind enough to answer some questions for me about her career and current role and the wider world of publishing. So today I am thrilled to be able to share her insight: Continue reading “Interview: Francesca Main, Publishing Director, Picador”

Notes from a Flashy Weekend

It was the first of its kind, with attendees from all over the UK and further afield, and packed with presenters and workshop leaders representing many of the very best practitioners of the form. The Bath Flash Fiction Festival was an intense, roller coaster of a weekend – a chance to meet online writing friends, to attend the launch of the National Flash-Fiction Day anthology; a lot of fun, a lot of learning, and far too much to cover in one blog post – but in case you weren’t lucky enough to be there, I thought I’d share some of the inspiration I took away with me. flash (2) Continue reading “Notes from a Flashy Weekend”

Novel submission – some honest number crunching


Last year I wrote a novel. A historical novel called What Has Fallen From Heaven, about a girl in Roman Egypt whose gilded life is turned upside down when she is struck down with epilepsy. It wasn’t my first full-length manuscript, but it was the first I’d felt fully proud of, and so when I’d tidied it up (we’ll gloss over the research hours, the sub-standard children’s teas, and the grey hairs involved in that process) I began the follow-up marathon of submitting to agents. Continue reading “Novel submission – some honest number crunching”