Folks, I wish I had a pound for every time someone has said to me over the years: ‘Oh I’ve had a fascinating life, I should write a book’.
And I always answer, ‘But who’s going to read it?’ I’m not being unkind, I’m just being realistic.
Twenty years ago a would-be writer said to me: ‘You know that publishers get over 10,000 unsolicited manuscripts a year, and most of them get filed – in the bin’.
Yes I know it’s all different now. I believe you can self-publish on the internet.
When I worked in local radio (Express FM 2006-10), I was a roving wrinklies radio reporter.
I felt I was very privileged to wander around my city of Portsmouth interviewing people from every walk of life. And everyone’s story is fascinating.
They included Lord Mayor Fred Charlton (2006), who I interviewed in his parlour.
He was an absolute darling, and had arranged tea, sandwiches and choccie biccies. Yummy.
But as I chomped down on a delicious ham and cheese sandwich, my new dentures sunk into the cheese and wouldn’t budge. Oops.
I’ve met and interviewed celebrities, including David Dickinson, Lorraine Chase, Lisa Riley and most of the spook trade, including Colin Fry, Sally Morgan and
And then there are the unsung heroes – volunteers and charity workers.
Everyone has a story to tell.
A couple of weeks ago I decided that as I’m knocking on, with most of my cutesy bits bagging and sagging towards the shagpile, it’s time I got down to writing a book.
So it was off to the Penultimate writers’ group in North End.
Writers’ groups are brill for the budding writer – you get constructive criticism and advice.
I was gossiping and giggling with old pals Charles and Keir, telling them I’d been on Wave radio and internet TV, and yes, I’m still with The News.
Another very nice man in the group turned out to be Peter Koerner, a sub-editor at The News (1987/97 and 2007/12). Well, fancy that.
If you think you can write a best-seller, join a writers’ group. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org