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How I got published

Karla Forbes tells Dolores Gordon Smith how she wanted to write thrillers that would appeal to women as well as male readers

‘I began my writing career with a love of reading. I love reading thrillers but found that so many of them are written by men with the male reader in mind. I wanted to write thrillers that would appeal to both sexes so with this in mind, I wrote my first novel and sent it off to Hodder with a warm glow of excitement. Wow, I was going to be an author!

By the time the inevitable rejection dropped through my letter box, reality had set in. But the letter gave me a spark of hope. Betty Schwartz, the submissions editor, commended me on my writing ability. She had enjoyed the story but it just wasn’t quite right for Hodder. I remember dancing around the kitchen with joy. Okay, I’d been rejected, but a professional in the industry had told me I was good and that was the inspiration I needed to try again.

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In the first issue of Writing Magazine for the New Year, we look at what's hot for 2018 as publishing insiders share their predictions for the year ahead. You can get your writing year off to a great new start with advice for all writers - whether you write crime, romance, fantasy, poetry, historical fiction or for children, we've got something in this issue to help and inspire you. • Our star interview is the queen of dynasty sagas, the great Barbara Taylor Bradford. • Keep up to date with the latest opportunities to sell your work and see it in print, and win £58,142 in writing prizes.

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