There is no clear career structure to being a fiction writer. Some would-be novelists sign up for creative writing MAs; others work in call-centres while they are honing their craft. The American novelist Jonathan Franzen served time as a research assistant in a Harvard seismology lab while he worked on his first novel. When you need a day job to support your art, science is as good as any other.
‘One day’, I thought as I lay completely paralysed, ‘I would like to write a book that will help somebody else to get through a shit time’. When I was diagnosed with cancer and my boyfriend dumped me, I realised that day had come.
There’s a new model for publishing and, despite what Anthony Horovitz say, it isn’t self-publishing.
The death of books has been proclaimed many times, with digital assumed to be the chief assassin. Print can’t last they say, as Kindles and e-books take a larger share of a market in apparent crisis.
The “Edinburgh festival” doesn’t exist. The multi-faceted cultural mass that splurges over the city during August is formed of, amongst others, the Edinburgh International Festival (the “official” bit, founded back in 1947), the Fringe festival which sprung up around the EIF (and, to some extent, ate it) plus the book festival, art festival, The Edge [...]
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