Thursday, 3 June 2010

Encouragement for writers

If you're told people don't want your style of writing anymore take heart in the story of Barbara Pym.  Between 1950 and 1961 she published 4 successful novels then was told her writing was oldfashioned and wouldn't sell.

Quiet books where not much happens yet everything happens; like Jane Austen and Stanley Middleton, she was championed by Philip Larkin in 1977 after sharing a correspondence for 16 years.

She came back into 'fashion' , won the Booker Prize and was re-published.

So publishers aren't always right about writing.

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