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Piers Blofeld has good reasons to be cheerful about books in 2018


I am writing this in early January and 2018 has already got off to a much better start than 2017. The first full-length manuscript that I have read this year was outstandingly good. It is one of the true joys of this job when an author who, in this case, I sent away with notes over two years before comes back with a massively revised manuscript that not only nailed all of the issues that the author and I had discussed, but went way further than I could ever have hoped for. It is one of those definitive signs of real talent. A huge proportion of my time is spent giving notes to people who are either deeply reluctant to kill their darlings or who get rushes of blood to the heads and veer off in whole new directions which kill the very qualities which attracted me to the book in the first place.

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