Senior creative writing lecturer at the University of Winchester, Golden Egg Academy mentor and author Dr Vanessa Harbour imparts a wealth of publishing industry advice in this episode. Documenting Who’s Who in publishing, what tactics does Vanessa apply for inspiration? How did she strike a publishing deal for her impressive World War Two middle grade novel Flight without an agent? And how has the industry changed in the last two decades?


As a senior creative writing lecturer at the University of Winchester and mentor at the Golden Egg Academy it really should be no surprise that the lovely Dr Vanessa Harbour came to be in print. Ever humble about her great talents, however, Flight was longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2019, a credit to her and her editor, Janet Thomas at Firefly Press. A respectful and thought-provoking insight into the Second World War, Vanessa explains how she placed the book with Firely without an agent. Character development, rejection, industry changes and suggestions to make all of us better writers are all part of her writing advice. A Who’s Who in publishing, Vanessa explains many great leads in today’s writing industry. such as who to follow and engage with on social media. Full of support and love for all the writers who do great things, this is one inspiring episode.

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