Work with people outside your discipline
How can a man possibly fathom what it's like to be a woman who lost 17 children? The question has troubled me ever since I started writing about Queen Anne. But more positive voices in my head say that the work is about empathy. I've…
How 25 readers transformed my manuscript
Not every author can do this: invite real readers, who have paid money up-front for a book, to edit and improve the manuscript before it’s published.
But crowd-funding makes that possible. As well as taking brilliant suggestions from the editors at my publisher, Unbound, I sent the finished work to 25 subscribers, asking them to tell me what they liked about the book, and what they might like to be different. And then I made some very big changes…
Recently, I had a bit of a wobble. I became a bit overwhelmed with the negative voice in my head, telling me that my happy experiments in writing historical fiction, and working as a coach, and playing with improvisation might strike my old friends in journalism as, essentially, foolish and…
Yesterday I popped into the offices of Unbound to pick up the publishing schedule for my book, now that it's fully funded.
We're aiming to launch in March, which is a great month for that – and gives me oodles of chances to…
Take the time to reflect on what you have achieved
I asked my friend Dr Mandy Lehto to chat about the business of celebrating, relief – and perhaps even mourning – when a project ends.
Celebrate success with people who helped
I held a virtual, online launch party for people who couldn’t join me in London.
(Yvonne, in this film, is played by my great collaborator Jude Claybourne.)
Even before I designed blue and white china for The Department Store for the Mind, I was thinking of ways to make a commemorative Queen Anne mug.
The picture above shows a drawing that takes in several of the key ideas. The film below…