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Show them a good time

Always remember your fiction needs to reward your reader, says novelist Margaret James

FICTION FOCUS

A new novel must be one of the best-value treats ever devised by mortal man, but nowadays a few readers seem to feel it’s fine to complain online – sometimes at great length – if they decide their free or 99p download didn’t give them a good time.

What can we novelists do to make it more likely our readers will have a good time?

I believe we need to think about balance. A novelist should write what he or she wants to write, of course, but we must consider our readers, too. We should do our best to meet reader-expectations.

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In the new issue, you can discover ten ways to make yourself more publishable, and learn how to bounce back from one of the hardest, yet most inevitable experiences for a writer – rejection. Also in August's WM, explore the philosophy of crime and the real Venice with bestselling crime writer Donna Leon in our star interview, check out £13,300 in writing prizes waiting to be won, and keep up to date with all the latest opportunities to get into print.