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Award-winning author Candy Gourlay talks about finding your place as a writer, her blog 'Notes from the Slushpile', and what it takes to get a manuscript ready to submit. We cover issues such as ‘do authors pay taxes?’, why submitting to lots of agents can be traumatic, and why you mustn’t do it as soon as you’ve finished writing the book.

Show notes available here:

Show Notes

Candy was born and raised in the Philippines. For years, as a pre-published writer, she was the author of the blog 'Notes From the Slushpile'. Eventually, her debut novel, 'Tall Story', won the National Children's Book Award of the Philippines in 2012 and the Crystal Kite Award for Europe in 2011. 'Tall Story' was shortlisted for 13 further prizes, including the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, the Branford Boase Award, the Blue Peter Book Award and the UKLA Children's Book Prize. Her second novel, 'Shine', won the Crystal Kite Award for the British Isles in 2014. 'Bone Talk' was shorlisted for the Costa Book Awards and the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2018.

Thanks as always to Christopher Pett for production and editing.

Links to resources:

Candy’s website:
The CILIP Carnegie medal:
Notes from the Slushpile:
Money, Time, Confidence: What Writers Need to Thrive:
Bookseller conference:
Times/Chicken House Childre’s Fiction Competition:
Undiscovered Voices:
Lee Weatherley’s tips on how to write a synopsis:

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