1. Writing a book is like building a business “Why not act as a community to get your book out there?” -Eileen Gittins, CEO, Blurb (@BlurbBooks) “Even with traditional publishing, it’s also about entrepreneurship and business. You’ll need a whole team around you.” – Gareth Howard, CEO, Authoright (@authoright) 2. Prepare emotionally “You owe the […]

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Writer and ‘accessories junkie’ Joanna Sterling of The Casket of Fictional Delights has a new project on the go. Tube-Flash is aiming to collect a vast array of flash fiction — one for each station on the London Underground, in fact. Joanna has coupled each tube station with a brooch from her own personal collection, […]

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Creative inspiration to kick off 2014

January 7, 2014
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Just a week into the new year and already I’m facing some internal (and sometimes external) battles about the direction I want to take my work in this year – phew! While I don’t really ‘do’ resolutions, I feel like I need a mantra, something to guide and ground me, as well as something to […]

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A poem for National Poetry Day

October 3, 2013
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It’s National Poetry Day 2013, so here’s my humble contribution: *  *  * Thirst Just to hope; your face Known or unknown Your churned mind skimmed off Dreams left behind on A starry sky.   To loan your name: Attic dust, text book Toe in the Atlantic Your translucent proof Swimming with the rest. *  […]

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Can we laugh about controversial science?

August 15, 2013
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A recent piece I wrote for The Guardian – designed to give a fun summary of a new type of nanotechnology – was described by one of its readers as “a truly embarrassing piece of science journalism/communication.” Ouch. But it’s okay – I can handle it. The commenter’s dislike of my article was lodged in […]

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The MRC Centenary Poll

June 3, 2013
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To mark its Centenary Year, the Medical Research Council is asking everyone two questions: 1. What medical advance from the past 100 years has had the greatest impact? I was asked a very similar thing back in 2009, as the Science Museum celebrated its own centenary: What changed the future when it was invented? I […]

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Inspiring children’s science books at the London Book Fair 2013

April 19, 2013
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This was my first year visiting the London Book Fair. It’s an event that seems to be growing in popularity with authors, despite primarily being a trade show. I’m glad I went – there were interesting and practical seminars and it was a good place to catch up with a handful of contacts in one […]

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Nesta’s Imagining Technology report

March 28, 2013
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A working paper published today by Nesta and written by science writer Jon Turney looks at the relationship between innovation and science fiction – something that immediately piqued my interest. Can SF provide the ‘inventive seed’ for new developments and innovations, or is that just wishful thinking on the parts of daydreaming scientists and writers […]

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The first taste of success

February 11, 2013
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See? I told you those rejection letters were the start of something good. I recently found out that the editor of the Stupefying Stories anthology wanted to publish my short story, A is for Android. Actually, that’s not quite how it went. He wrote to me to say that although he had very nearly thrown […]

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Deciding when your novel’s good enough

November 29, 2012
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A title which poses the immediate, unspoken question: will it ever be good enough? And that’s where I am at the moment, with a novel that only exists on my laptop and in a few email attachments to my agent; 100,000 words that may or may not ever be considered worthy of publication by those […]

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