Writing

How to be a contender

First published: Mslexia  Winning a literary prize means more than a swanky party and fat cheque, as Danuta Kean found out In a taxi hurtling through London, her family beside her, author Emma Donohue took a phone call that changed her life: it was news that her as yet unpublished
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War horses

First published: Mslexia Autumn 2014 The centenary of the First World War is providing a rich seam of fiction by women for publishers, says Danuta Kean Anniversaries are important to publishers. They provide a useful hook upon which to commission books – especially non-fiction. The centenary of the outbreak of the
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Help Yourself

First published: Mslexia Winter 2015 January is boom time for self-help books, especially for the lovelorn. Danuta Kean investigates how publishers find The One New year, new start: it’s the mantra for millions as snowy December melts into grey January. So it is no surprise that January is the peak season
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Advice: how to fight the time bandits

Mslexia always has a feature about a big subject that affects readers. As I was editor of the autumn issue, I chose to write about how women writers keep so many plates spinning and how to stop everything crashing to the ground. It clearly hit the spot. One reader summed
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