How to write a book

Hello Earth – questions from a writing and publishing conference – Ep25 FREE podcast for writers

Just before we recorded this episode, I’d been teaching at WriteCon Zurich, run by my friends Jill Marsh and Libby O’Loghlin (who are also the chiefs at The Woolf literary magazine, which you might remember from this post). I’d spent the weekend with published and aspiring authors, all jazzed with one common, noble aim – to get their work from page to bookshelf, into the hands of readers. Back at the bookshop ready to record, I thought that would make a great subject for a show – to recap material we’d already covered, to talk about new and surprising angles we hadn’t yet got round to. And a terrific excuse to begin with Kate Bush’s sublime track Hello Earth. The reason for that will become clear (also, I like Kate Bush).

Asking the questions is independent bookseller Peter Snell. Answering them is me!

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