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Seven years to publication, seven things I’ve learned


In view of the appreciative response to the above piece I wrote for the Writers’ Workshop (York Festival of Writing) blog, I thought I’d also post the link here on the Literary Sofa. Thanks again to WW for hosting me and for their important role on the journey to publication of my debut novel Paris Mon Amour.   And to those who’ve told me they found my seven lessons encouraging – I’m really pleased to hear it! Hopefully this picture conveys more than my unadventurous taste in diaries…

One person said she ‘couldn’t argue with a single word’ of my post. High praise from anyone, but especially from the editor whose input ‘transformed my fortunes entirely’ (quoting myself there).  But only after I’d spent the best part of a year taking that book to bits and rewriting it.  Twice. Thank you, Debi Alper!

Later this week I’ll be welcoming Scottish author Helen MacKinven back to the Sofa to mark the release of her second published novel Buy Buy Baby, which is actually the first she wrote. Now there’s a story  I find encouraging..!











About Isabel Costello

Writer (novels: Paris Mon Amour 2017; Scent 2021).Host of the Literary Sofa blog. Co-founder of Resilience for Writers with Voula Tsoflias. Perfume lover and Francophile.


4 thoughts on “Seven years to publication, seven things I’ve learned

  1. Looking forward to getting comfy on the sofa again – plump up those cushions! 🙂

    Posted by helenmackinven | June 27, 2016, 18:18
  2. Some really sound advice here. I particularly liked the part about connecting with others – writing can be such a lonely experience.

    Posted by BookerTalk | June 28, 2016, 13:46
  3. Thanks for sharing your advice via this post. It’s really inspiring to read about someone else’s journey to publication!

    Posted by cathy | October 17, 2016, 14:34

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