Behind every book there is a different page-to-published story. We have invited three debut novelists to talk about how they found their way from the germ of an idea in their head to a bound and beautiful book in their hand. If you are a budding novelist, this is a chance to learn some tips and pick their brains.
The eBook Story: Hilary Boyd had been writing novels and 'being solidly rejected', for over 20 years until Quercus published Thursdays in the Park, about a romance between 60-somethings, as an e-book which climbed to the top of Amazon's bestseller chart. Her second noel, Tangled Lives, is out now.
The Agent route: Emylia Hall won a short story competition in Country Living magazine. She then embarked on creative writing courses, where she met an agent, and decided to take the plunge and put her career on hold to work part-time in a bookshop and write. Her debut, The Book of Summers, was taken up by Headline.
The Publisher route: Michelle Heatley's first taste of being published was when Fish Soup Day won the Stratford Literary Festival 2009 Short Story Prize. The story grew into a novel that she submitted to agents (unsuccessfully) then (successfully) to small independent publishers. It will be published this spring.
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