So, here it is, my first ever blog, and what better time to write it than the week of the Theakston’s Crime Festival. I haven’t even packed yet, so this won’t be a long rambling one. It’s exactly a year ago that I headed down to Harrogate for Creative Thursday, and quite a bit has happened in the last twelve months. The book I pitched at the Dragon’s Pen has now been picked up by Allison & Busby, and 2018 can’t get here soon enough.

If you’ve got aspirations of getting published, and you’ve not been to the festival before, what’s your excuse? Whether you come down for the pre-festival writing day, for the author panels, or just to lurk in the bar and play “spot the author” (in a non-stalker kind of way), I really can’t stress enough, what an awesome weekend it is. It’s only been this past year that I’ve realised the importance of getting out and about at these types of events. It’s not just enough to have an idea for a book. You don’t get to sit back, put your feet up, and let everyone else do the selling for you, at least not if you want it to be a success.

Then there’s the social aspect. I’ve yet to meet a writer who won’t make time for a chat, answer a question, or give advice. They’re a really welcoming bunch of people, so get yourself along, buy some books, shake some hands, and have a few drinks. I’ll see you at the bar. Mine’s a Jack & Coke.