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The London Book Fair 2013

2col_298x200_lbf2013_logo_with_datesAttention all aspiring crime-authors – it’s the London Book Fair till Wednesday.

Look, Mark, you say, that’s all very well, but this book doesn’t get written by itself. I’m with you there, friend. But held at Earls Court in London, the Book Fair is where 25,000 literary agents and scouts, publishers, booksellers and marketing professionals all come to talk books and publishing. That’s 25,000 people who can help you along the path to getting published.

This year the Book Fair is making a big attempt to reach out to writers. If you’re an author, it’s one of the ways you can find out more about publishing or self-publishing, or get inspiration on how to break into an increasingly competitive business or advance your career.

The Author Lounge is a place that brings together experts from all parts of the publishing industry – from editors and designers and agents and booksellers – to share their expertise and insights into modern publishing with authors and unpublished authors.

There’ll be talks and seminars and discussions over the next three days, including a look at how the new digital landscape is opening up new opportunities for authors; how to make the most of marketing; and how to help readers discover your books.

And if you’ve managed to sign up for it, there’s also The Lit Factor – see what they’ve done there? – that gives unpublished authors the opportunity to meet and network with literary agents.

Authors such as William Boyd will at this year’s fair, as well as Roz Morris, whose terrific Nail Your Novel is absolutely one of the best writing books on how to write a novel you could possibly read.

Crime Thriller Fella Says Hello

I write. I write screenplays and novels — and hopefully I’ll have a bit of news on that front in due course.

But when I’m not writing, I read. And when I’m not reading, I’m thinking about writing. And when I’m not – oh, you get the idea.

The more I read, new stuff, old stuff, the more I learn about writing, and plot, and character. This is me thinking aloud about what I read, and maybe it’ll give me a bit of space to occasionally show what I like doing.

But it’s also a chance to get to know you. Tell me about your favourite crime thriller novels and movies and such like. Tell me about new stuff and old stuff. Crime movies, TV and movies. Because I want to immerse myself in it. I love it.

I want to learn.

All the Best

Mark