4/What are the advantages of traditional publishing?
Great experience from your editors, mainstream distribution, financial support and the growth of your reputation.
5/Is it important that you wrote as a group of writers?
Essential; the collaborative aspect of The Contemporary Women Writers’ Club is key to the success of this first collection, The Leap Year. We conceived it together around my k itchen table, we drafted it together, we edited it together, we proofed and printed it together. Critical collaboration has been empowering for us all.
6/What are your future plans for Queen Bee Press?
We are bringing out a second collection next November and want to encourage other writers’ groups to follow our model. We may produce a writing programme fr groups to follow, from concept to publication, and the opportunity for other emerging women writers to publish through our imprint too. We have great support from the media and women in the publishing world.
7/Who [author] would you like to invite round for tea?
Graham Swift, Kate Atkinson, Ian McKewan and Maggie O’Farrell – now that sounds like a great combination. I might even make a cake!
8/What are your secret writing rituals?
Write and rewrite, write and rewrite, write and rewrite.
9/How do you see the publishing industry changing in the next five years?
Advances will become even harder to win, independence will become more central to the process, the high street booksellers will continue to shrink and suffer, the online environment will continue to growand become more specialised. Social networking will become central to marketing. Ebooks will become more popular, but so will print on demand publishing. International, niche marketing will become more critical and the booktrade will start to look more like the music industry.
10/What top tip would you give to an unpublished author?
Remember your reader.