Win a signed copy of ‘Guide to Getting Published’


Book 'Getting Published' Following the success of my last few blogs about novels and writing, I’ve been wondering if you share my passion? I’d like to find out more about your reading habits. Which books do you read? How often do you buy? Do you have an E-Reader – do you like the idea of one? Do you buy e-books? Do you buy bound books online? Do you buy from supermarkets? Or do you only ever buy from bookshops?

Now, to get your creative juices flowing, I'm giving you the chance to win a signed copy of 'Guide to Getting Published'.

How to enter
All you need to do to enter is leave a comment via the comments box below. I’d love to know what books you love, favourite author, or your recommendation for your favourite book of recent times – not a classic, something new from the past year if possible!

If you’ve never left a comment before, and think you don’t have any chance, why don’t you give it a go? It’s really easy to do – try it for me!

And to my regulars – I’ll be fascinated to find out about what you all read! I’ll pull a name out of a hat on Monday 25th October, to find the winner of the signed copy of Harry Bingham’s book, The Writer’s and Artists’ Guide to Getting Published.

I look forward to hearing your responses.




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  1. Margaret Green October 19, 2010 at 11:40 am -  Reply

    I always buy my books at the airport when going on holiday as it’s the only chance I get to read

  2. Elaine Marsh October 19, 2010 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    I have of late taken to buying certain books online through a big seller, which is somewhat clinical – nothing beats pulling a book from a shelf and absorbing the cover, reading the synopsis, drifting off into the world that an author presents to you and at the same time snatching a brief peaceful moment in a bookshop. I love historical mysteries on the fiction side, I also love factual books that cover Art, Costume and Jewellery. I have to say that the last book I read was a unique experience – it was written by my son and was his first book as a fiction writer.

  3. Louise October 19, 2010 at 10:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    By whom is the book signed? I know I said in a previous post that non-fiction is my bag but, on the advice of a friend, I am going to purchase the 2010 man booker prize winning novel, The Finkler Question, by jewish writer (a jewish winner and not too soon!) Howard Jacobsen. Have you read it and, if so, what thinks you of it? About writing a novel, I have been thinking that, as I come from the lake district, my novel could concentrate on someone who leaves the area at a young age, only to return a much older, wiser and moralistically challenged individual. This book would help a great deal. Again, it’s a case of write about what you know.
    How is Gracie? Well I hope. mwo don’t have any health problems but I have put them on a non-allergenic, organic diet with no egg, dairy, wheat, gluten, etc., which they used to eat, and the difference is amazing. That’s what eliminating meat and animal derivatives from their diet does for them. You’ll pay anything to do the best for your dogs, won’t you?
    Looked on the website and next years stonehenge break is online. There is also one in the lakes on literature etc., which I would find extremely spellbinding but, living in the locality, I would only be paying for the expertise of the tutors. Also, I’m not really into staying at places where meals are included.
    Talking about stonehenge and thinking about fossils, I think I’ll have a scan of a book I have on gems and minerals.
    Speak soon and keep well.

  4. Jools October 19, 2010 at 11:59 pm -  Reply

    Anything by Roddy Doyle always puts a smile on my face :0)

  5. Margaret Jenkins October 20, 2010 at 12:06 am -  Reply

    Hi Deebbie
    I have a few favourite authors – Lesley Pearse, Katie Fforde and Barbara Erskine are the few who’s books I always buy. I buy books new, from charity shops and borrow from the library, although I very rarely buy hard back books. There is an american novelist called Jennifer Chiaverini who writes books about quilters which I adore, they are what my mother would call “nice” books. Books I’d highly recommend from the past few years are the Steig Larrson Millennium Trilogy books – the first one takes about 100 pages to get going, so stick with it.
    I have a Sony prs 600 touch screen e-reader, and I think it’s fab, but not so much so that I would never buy/borrow a real book again. If you like the classics it’s a good investment because most of them are in the public domain and can be downloaded free.
    I did go on a bit didn’t I?

  6. Karen Donnelly October 20, 2010 at 8:27 am -  Reply

    I adore Adriana Trigiani – her words are a pleasure to read and become totally absorbed. In contract Susan Hill makes me think and try to piece together the puzzle as it unfolds….
    There is always a book in my car too for the times you have a quick 5 mins – currently its John Barrowmans 2nd Autobiography. It reads as though he is in the car talking to me – in my dreams !!

  7. Annette S Walker October 21, 2010 at 1:56 am -  Reply

    My favourite writer is Anne Rice. She is best known for her vampire novels – in particular ‘Interview With The Vampire’. She is catergorised as a horror writer, however she is so much more than this. Her books are rich and luxurious and so descriptive. You fall in love with her characters which are so well drawn. I almost feel like I have visited New Orleans and can smell the bougainvillia. I think unfortunately due to her genre a lot of people will be missing out on one of the best writers around as they do not do ‘Horror’. She is a fascinating and very clever lady. I subscribe to her facebook page where she is very active and promotes lots of discussions/debates on various topics. She has recently been discussing e-readers and the like. There is just something about the feel and smell of a new book. I think however I would consider the possibility of an e-reader for throw away reads like chic lit etc. but still purchase hardbacks for my top favourite writers. It is a bit like the difference between vinyl and cd’s – vinyl has soul!
    Love the video of the doggies – they are so cute. Do not know how you manage with four – it must be chaotic! What is your secret – how do you manage to juggle so many things and still be energetic?

  8. debbie flint October 21, 2010 at 2:23 am -  Reply

    Margaret – that used to be me too! I would always get John Grisham/ Clive Cussler/ or Jeffrey Archers for the hols when the kids were small! A good hol for me then (I never really went in the sun) was one third reading, one third sight-seeing and one third shopping! lol

  9. debbie flint October 21, 2010 at 2:27 am -  Reply

    Elaine – you summed up my time in bookshops perfectly! I always said my favourite places were bookshops with a coffee shop inside for just such afternoons as you describe! Am intrigued about your son’s first book – what’s his name and what’s it called? One of the ladies at our writer’s circle was speaking to a pal of hers who said her daughter had had a book out – turns out it’s one of the big successes of the year – Sisters or something I think it’s called – not sure tho, will check! I wish the same for your son!
    And also – you mentioned books about jewellery – are there many about? I’ve always found it hard to get a good jewellery reference book that uses laymans terms, all the names of the chains and stone cuts and gemstones, plus gives the history and mythology as well! It seems to be one or the other, but never both! Joan Rivers’ book is the nearest, and I’ve lent it to a friend called Justin at the moment – I must get it back so I can ask her to sign it for me!
    best wishes

  10. debbie flint October 21, 2010 at 2:28 am -  Reply

    Jools – Roddy Doyle very talented! Do you like Nick Hornby as well?

  11. debbie flint October 21, 2010 at 2:32 am -  Reply

    Louise – thanks for writing! It’s signed by the author, Harry Bingham – he’s very well connected in publishing and runs the Writers’ Workshop ( I think, for their website). Sounds like his book would help give you some advice about how to structure the story, the covering letter, the synopsis, for when you got as far as finishing it! Re the hol in lake district, you could always email (or dot com) to ask whether you could just pay to go to the classes cos you live locally – they’re quite accommodating!
    Pogs are fine at the mo – just had them washed today – funny! Will put a new update on here later in the week probably!
    Anyway have a great week and best wishes!
    ps I love fossils!

  12. debbie flint October 21, 2010 at 2:36 am -  Reply

    Mags – you can go on all you like to me hon! : – )
    Sounds like you’re an avid reader! Stiegg Larssen has been big success eh – curious story behind his published books too, what with him dying before they made it to print and all! Katie Fforde was at the York Festival in April – I like keeping up with her Tweets too – there’s a good community of writers on Twitter!
    I agree about the classics on ebook – although I don’t think I’d ever get to reading them all! I’ll probably ask for a kindle at xmas even tho i got a little Sony one last year – mainly cos of the ease of use and downloading. I recently got an i-phone and upload tons more now just cos it’s so easy!
    best wishes

  13. debbie flint October 21, 2010 at 2:38 am -  Reply

    Adriana Trigiani – am not familiar but will look out for her work. John Barrowman – lol! He was lovely when he came in to QVC earlier this year! His little interview with me is still on my archived blog! Funny to see him on one of my fave shows too – Desperate Housewives! : – )
    Thanks for writing!

  14. Sara Allison October 21, 2010 at 2:45 pm -  Reply

    Phil Rickman – His supernatural mysteries are the most engaging and realistic I’ve ever read. I would recommend him to anyone.

  15. Louise October 21, 2010 at 3:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    Here’s hoping I’m in luck then. I could do with a bit of advice, so the book would be a godsend! Good idea re lakes holiday, I’ll email him and see what he says, cos I would so enjoy it and as long as I book my work holidays in time, it could be a goer. I seem to recognise the name, Harry Bingham, don’t know where from.
    Glad all your babies are doing well; mine are blooming too! That’s what we want isn’t it?
    Keep well and speak soon.

  16. S October 22, 2010 at 12:31 am -  Reply

    Would highly recommend Alis Hawkins’ Testament.

  17. jolice October 23, 2010 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    i like to read books writen by Josephine Cox always on the look out for her books which are set in the olden days and are an enjoyment to read. x
    Good luck to everyone who enters xx

  18. Nikki Cooper October 24, 2010 at 10:13 am -  Reply

    I buy most of my books Online altho I do keep my eyes open when out shopping!!! I love biographies and would one day be able to write my own!!

  19. Clare October 24, 2010 at 2:46 pm -  Reply

    Books are my absolute passion and have a really eclectic taste from Nora Roberts, Anne Rice, Philippa Gregory, James Herbert etc I go through phases too like historical fiction and at the mo its paranormal romance. I love a bound book and don’t think I would like reading books electronically that said I haven’t tried it so you never know 🙂

  20. Camilla Quint October 24, 2010 at 7:10 pm -  Reply

    When I read a book, I like to be transported to a bygone age and an exotic land. Amitav Ghosh’s “Sea of Poppies” does just that, and it makes utterly compulsive reading. As part of a trilogy, I can’t wait for the next instalments. This book is a masterpiece of storeytelling and suspense.

  21. Neal October 25, 2010 at 1:09 pm -  Reply

    Best thing I’ve read recently is the Junior Officer’s Reading Club, giving a raw and honest insight into the lives of those on the front lines, and how the physchology of war and military training affects those involved. A very interesting read!

  22. October 25, 2010 at 2:01 pm -  Reply

    Sara, – supernatural certainly seems to be a popular genre right now doesn’t it? One even got down to the final four in that writing competition I blogged about. Films help of course!

  23. October 25, 2010 at 2:04 pm -  Reply

    S, and Jolice, thanks so much for your recommendations. Jolice – many of my friends are in to the historicals too – not been my genre in the past, (no pun intended! lol) but am currently proof reading a friend’s manuscript – who’s got a deal with Mills and Boon already, this is her third book – and it’s a timeslip, based partly in 1851 and I must admit it could tempt me into more!

  24. October 25, 2010 at 2:09 pm -  Reply

    nikki – I’ve loved certain biographies, but prefer fiction – it’s kind of like I prefer to see if I can guess the ending and with most biographies you know how it turns out! But yes great category. Thanks for entering!

  25. October 25, 2010 at 2:34 pm -  Reply

    Clare – I was with my writing group from Tuscany over the weekend and one of my friends, Carolyn, highly recommends Nora Roberts’ ‘ANGELS FALL’ – have you read it?

  26. October 25, 2010 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    Camilla – Sea of Poppies sounds fascinating! Gosh I am certainly getting a long diverse list of recommendations!

  27. Tracey October 26, 2010 at 12:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    Have shelved reading books for the moment to try and get my first novel underway – would love to win a copy of the book as this probably is exactly what I need – how are you getting on the the writing dept? Just wanted to say – love your presenting style (letting us larger wristed ladies know if things could be a bit gimp and thus saving post back and forth!)
    Keep up the great work,
    Tracey xxx

  28. debs flint October 26, 2010 at 2:50 am -  Reply

    Neal,sounds riveting, I love anything psychological. Bit scary though, given it’s based on real life. Having had squaddie mates, and having worked for SSVC TV it puts a different light on it, eh.
    best wishes

  29. Clare October 30, 2010 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    yes I have read Angels Fall its brilliant love her books and have read most of them you might also like her Island trilogy too its a trilogy and the first one is called Dance Upon the Air one of the best of Nora’s I have read
    Clare xx

  30. debs flint October 30, 2010 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

    margaret – congratulations on being the winner hon! Hope you enjoy the book! Thanks so much to everyone else for taking part!
    ps anyone else that would really like one, it’s only £11 or so incl delivery on amazon. Maybe we should start a book club here on QVC!

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