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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Publisher's Insider: Excuses, Excuses!

The other day, a friend of mine mentioned that she’d ‘always wanted to write a book, but was probably never going to get around to it’. I hear this a lot. But the KBR Unpublished Manuscript Award is proof that hundreds of people, judging by the volume of entries we receive, do manage to sit down and write that elusive book, so here — hopefully — is some inspiration.

You are never too young or too old.  
There are several examples of young authors writing great books. In recent times on KBR we’ve featured 12-year-old Hannah Chandler, author of I Don’t Like Cheese and Lucy Saxon who was snapped up by Bloomsbury for a six-part series that she started writing when she was just 16. At the other end of the scale, there’s the indomitable Pamela Allen, who has written and illustrated over 30 picture books and is still going strong at 81!

You are never too busy. 
We are all busy these days, but I know that even when my plate is overflowing and my husband is placing meditation CDs in strategic locations around the house, I can still find time for something I’m truly passionate about. Literature is littered with examples of authors who have written masterpieces in less than ideal conditions. If you’re not able to find the time, then maybe writing a book just isn’t for you.

Your grammar/spelling/punctuation isn’t so awful that you’re unpublishable. Well, actually, it might be, but there are reference books you can consult, websites you can visit, and courses you can take to fix the problem. If that seems too hard, refer to my point about never being too busy.

So, there’s no time like the present. If you have a book inside you that needs to get out, then it’s time to scratch that itch. Sit down and start writing!

Anouska Jones is our KBR Senior Editor. Mum to a gorgeous little girl, she has over twenty years' experience in the book publishing industry. A publishing consultant and editor, Anouska is obsessed by all things to do with words, writing and books.