The Books I Nearly Didn't Read

I saw a question bouncing around online recently asking readers for the most popular book they’d never read. It got me thinking about all the books I’ve loved that I would never have found on my own.

One of my greatest pleasures is sinking into something really special that I hadn’t been expecting so here are a few of those unexpected favourites that I needed a little nudge to discover.

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In Praise of Editing and Editors

Now that the proofs for A Little Bird Told Me have been printed I can breathe a sigh of relief that there’s no more editing for me – at least for the time being.

When I started sending my manuscript out, I heard so many anecdotes about successful authors who had received rejection after rejection but battled on to have their book published and loved by many readers. Ah, I used to think, but did they keep sending out the exact same manuscript or did they keep revising and polishing? Where does dogged self-belief and resilience need to give away to responding to feedback and striving for improvement?

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