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AN AUTHOR’S LIFE

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wordle 9A bed of roses… Or a bed of nails?

60% of people polled by YouGov put ‘Author’ as most desirable way to earn a living.

But what’s being an author really like?

Come and find out on March 28th, when, as part of the Oxford Literary Festival, novelists Elizabeth Edmondson and Juliet McKenna tell you the truth about the writing life, from traditional publishing to ebooks, from self-publishing to being a hybrid author.

Surviving the rough seas and rocky shores of 21st century writing

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GENRE FICTION IS NO DIFFERENT TO LITERARY FICTION

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book-genreOxford Literary Festival, 29 March 2014

Elizabeth Edmondson, supporting the motion.

To begin with, I dislike both these terms. Genre fiction is a nasty neologism – when did genre turn into an adjective?

I object to the term literary fiction for a different reason. It’s weasel-wording, in that it conflates lit fic with literature. It was clever, clever marketing by publishers and academics to set certain contemporary fiction apart and declare it Literature – and therefore Important, Art and somehow better than other writing. Read More