How often do you pick up a book or a magazine and think about the journey it's been through to get onto the shelves or into your hands?
Yesterday was World Book Day and I was thrilled to be invited to speak to a group of school children about the process of writing and producing a book. From coming up with an idea; finding your own voice; sticking to a word count; to the pagination; the sub-editing and the final signing off. It's a fascinating, often emotional journey and strange to think that this time last year I was pouring over the final stages of my own book. Stranger still to think of myself as a published author. I found my own 'voice' in my forties, a late developer, I think they call that.
I left the book-themed pupils with my top tip: Learn to touch type kids, QWERTY rules!!