Listed by the Observer as one of ‘our top 50 players in the world of books’, Clare worked as an editor at Random House before co-founding Conville & Walsh in 2000. Between them, Clare’s clients have won or been nominated for nearly every major literary prize in the UK, including the Man Booker Prize, the Bollinger Everyman Woodhouse Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize, the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the Blue Peter Book of the Year award and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. Clare is the co-author of Dangerous Women: The Guide To Modern Life and co-curator of the Curious Arts Festival.
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Kevin Conroy Scott is the co-founder of Tibor Jones & Associates. As a literary agent he’s discovered and represented authors shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, worked with authors who have won the Nestlé Prize and Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and recently arranged one of ‘the biggest publishing deals of all time’ for his most well-known client, Wilbur Smith.
J.D. Sumner, the author of The Excursionist, is a former postgraduate student from The Oscar Wilde Centre, Trinity College Dublin and has a PhD from Royal Holloway College, University of London. J.D. Sumner has visited 130 countries, or territories, and has never owned a mobile phone nor sent a text.
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Being a writer is tough. Endless drafts, endless edits, endless procrastination. If you’re struggling to write today, there are other writers out there who know exactly how you feel – and you can find them all on Twitter.
We’re pleased to share this advice from children’s author, Gill Harvey. Gill spent the first half-decade of her writing career working on non-fiction at Usbourne, before moving onto fiction. She’s written stories for everyone from tots to teens, and for an equally wide range of publishers (though not always under her own name).
Mike Stoner was born in the UK, but currently lives in Prague with his family. He spent a year in Indonesia, which provided a lot of the inspiration for his first novel, Jalan Jalan. He was selected for The Guardian’s self-published book of the month before finding a traditional publisher. He currently teaches English, trains teachers and does freelance writing. He’s planning to finish his next novel by the end of the year.
Anna Caltabiano was born in British colonial Hong Kong and educated in Mandarin Chinese schools before moving to Palo Alto, California. Now a student in Brown University’s eight-year medical programme, she continues to pursue her interest in healing through the science of medicine and the power of narrative.
Adam Croft self-published nine books, selling tens of thousands of copies and turning down numerous publishing deals, before meeting his match with Amazon Publishing imprint Thomas & Mercer. He has been featured on the BBC and in the Guardian and is regarded as one of the most successful hybrid authors to date.
We are pleased to offer this advice on working with a ghostwriter from the man dubbed ‘one of the most successful – if not the most successful ghostwriter in the world’ by the BBC. Andrew Crofts has written over a hundred books, many of which have become bestsellers. Here he shares some sage advice on choosing and collaborating with a ghostwriter on your book.
We asked freelancer Simon Toseland to provide some tips for people looking to start a ghostwriting career. Simon has worked in the broadcast media, in publishing, with charities, and as an author, a freelance writer and editor.