Published on 4th March 2021
Guild members have a unique chance to take part in an online event, exploring the opportunities for – and practicalities of – writing a book.
The session, taking place on Thursday March 4 between 6pm and 7.30pm, will include presentations from three authors – freelance Tim Relf; Mark Allen, chairman of the publishing group that owns Farmers Weekly; and farmer and FW columnist Charlie Flindt.
Charlie's editor at Tricorn Books, Dan Bernard, will also join the session to give an editor’s perspective.
The evening aims to provide practical and easy-to-follow tips on topics as varied as finding time to write, plotting, how to pitch an idea to publishers and current trends in popular genres.
There’ll be plenty of time for members to ask questions and share their own experiences, with a Q&A and discussion.
"I've lost count over the years of the number of Guild members who have told me they either are – or would like to – write a novel or a memoir,” says Tim.
"So we thought it would be a useful and enjoyable way to pass a lockdown evening, sharing some advice and experiences.
“Taking a concept from idea to the shelves is a long – but immensely satisfying – journey. There are many myths about writing and getting published, but there are also lots of simple dos and don’ts that can massively improve your chances of seeing your book dream become a reality. This one-and-a-half-hour session will share some.”
Taking part will be:
Tim's suspense novel, What She Left, was published by Penguin in 2015, under the pen name TR Richmond. Pitched at the literary end of the commercial market, it's a story about the life and death of a young woman told through the digital and paper trail she leaves.
Mark took advantage of lockdown to complete his first novel, Life Term, published by Colenso Books. With a backdrop of journalism and publishing, the story follows an abused boy who, many years later and working as a psychiatric nurse, takes the opportunity for revenge.
Sweet Home Hinton Ampner: The Tenant Farmer’s Diary 2015 chronicles the daily goings-on of Charlie and his “long-suffering” family on a Hampshire heavy land, conventional farm. It's billed as “a real book about real farming – not bunny hugging and sandal-wearing”.
Dan and his wife, Gail, founded Tricorn Books in 2007. The Hampshire-based company specialises in affordable self-publishing and book printing. It’s worked with high-profile, national and international clients, as well as many local authors.