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  • The Writer's Life

    You were right about the yellow

        I remember when Fourth Estate first showed me the paperback cover to AGE OF CONSENT. I really hated it. I mean, I still think it’s awful. It may come as a surprise to you but authors have disturbingly little power of the appearance…

  • The Writer's Economy

    The New Freelancers

      Earlier this year, The Financial Times reported that fifty-four million workers in the US are now freelancing for a living. The word freelancing, traditionally associated with writing and journalism, now extends to any job a person does as an independent contractor for a firm.…

  • The Writer's Economy

    Necessary Failures

        In 2006 Hilary Mantel and I went on a book tour together. This was back before she became an untouchably famous, extremely revered double Booker prize winner and was just ordinary famous and touring with her novel, Beyond Black.   I was promoting…