On today’s episode I chat with (my) editor Jo Dingley about finding books, making them better, and getting them to readers.
Jo is an editor at Canongate in the UK and has years of experience finding stories, working with authors to make their books better, and helping those books launch and find an audience. We talk through what her job entails, what the secret sauce is that editors are looking for, and ways of making novels suck less.
This is a great episode to listen to if you want to know:
– what does an editor do?
– how can I find an editor?
– do editors read the slush pile?
– what are the most common mistakes authors make?
– how can I get my novel noticed?
– what makes a book stand out?
If you’d like to support me, the podcast and all the things I’m putting out into the world, if you like what I do and would like me to do more of it, and if you’d like to be the first to read my brand new novel, please help me by pre-ordering a copy of THE ICE HOUSE. It’s got an old lady pulled out of retirement for one last job, a 400-year-old forensic pathologist field medic battle nun looking to bring down an empire, psychedelics, dungeon crawls, jungle adventures, a locked-room murder mystery, intrigue, romance, minotaurs, a secret testing facility, giant sentient beetles, immortal mutant aristocrats, knife fights, an angel, larceny and ancient menaces rising from the depths. You’re going to dig it and it helps me so much. Here are some places you can order now:
Mr B’s Emporium are an indie bookstore who deliver worldwide – I’ll sign all pre-ordered copies from here.
Or, if you want to support local business, be great and ask at your local bricks and mortar bookshop.
If you’d like to read a story about a 13 year old girl investigating a secret society in 1930s Norfolk, grab a copy of my novel, THE HONOURS.
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