Wannabe a Writer?

Sophie King


Sophie King is the pen name for journalist Jane Bidder. Sophie has had five novels published by Hodder & Stoughton including the best-selling The School Run. Her most recent, The Wedding Party was short listed as Love Story of the Year in 2010. She has also written several non-fiction books. Sophie has run workshops at many literary festivals including Winchester and Guildford. She has also written several newspaper columns and has been a guest on countless radio programmes including Woman's Hour as well as appearing live on breakfast television. Her latest book is How To Write Your Life Story In Ten Easy Steps (How To Books £9.99). Her website is sophieking.info.

Sophie's top tips:

  • Write about something that will grab as many people as possible rather than a small market.
  • Readers love stories with secrets. It also makes them turn the page to find out what the secret is and what will happen in the end.
  • Make your heroine loveable – but give her faults too.
  • Every novel needs a series of problems. But the problems need to be gripping. End each chapter on a note that makes the reader miss her station in order to keep reading.
  • The title is everything. Make it scream out to would-be buyers.
  • Network. Be bold. Ask well-known writers if they could read your first page. Then ask them for a coverline.
  • Get a good, feisty agent who will fight your corner.


1 Comments for Sophie King

Lesley: 24-Dec-10 14:46:13

Ahh, but it's getting well-known writers to listen to a newbie writer. Until established, you don't get people to listen and read, sadly.

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