The Grease Monkey's Tale

Reader Logo Review by Jane Turley

Once upon a time there was a small boy who delivered newspapers. Every day he read the headlines and columns and marvelled at the strange happenings that went on in the Big World. One day he said to himself “When I grow up I will be a writer and tell magnificent tales of good and evil. But they will be just stories and no one will really be hurt or sad. Everyone will love my books and I will become very rich indeed!” (It should be added that the boy, as well as having a good imagination, was also slightly delusional.)

So the small boy, whose name was Paul, grew into a fine young man. Every evening when the other children played he would write by the light of a flickering candle. Eventually, when he had written enough words, he put on his thigh high boots, tossed his knapsack over his shoulder and headed off to the Big City to look for The Publisher.

It was rumoured that if The Publisher liked your story he would stamp your name on a scroll with an elusive magic ring. The mark of The Ring would give the author access to moneybags filled with gold, world literary domination and, if lucky, a review in The Daily Mail.

Introducing... Mperience

Reader Logoby Stella

Several weeks ago I had the good fortune to be contacted by Andrea Salvi, Communication Director over at Mperience – an exciting new web venture that you’ll be hearing all about in a matter of a few lines. As it was obvious to me (and the View team) that you fine readers would be interested, I had the pleasure of interviewing the charming Guido Gigante, one of the site’s founders. So without further preamble, meet Mperience…

First, please tell us a bit more about yourself and what your responsibilities are at Mperience.

My name is Guido, I’m 31, and I’m from Rome, Italy. I’m one of the founders at Mperience, and, well, my role is not that clear-cut. We are basically a start-up company, so you have to be prepared to do everything. Let’s say I’m in charge of the stuff that sounds sort of sci-fi, I mean artificial-intelligence, algorithms and the like.

Saraswati Park Review

Saraswati Park
by Anjali Joseph
Publisher:  Fourth Estate
review by Grace Read

Daily life has never been so captivating. Anjali Joseph guides her reader into the secrets and aspirations of her characters. Ashish moves to live with his uncle Mohan and aunt Lakshmi to retake his final year at college and a beautiful, painful and understated sequence of events unfold.

Ashish and Mohan are opposites. Ashish, 19 years old, is bored and ‘so tired of life he want[s] to cry, quietly, with his face buried in a soft cloth’, whereas his uncle Mohan, in his middle age, is ‘someone for whom each detail of life had its own significance, revelatory as though it had been a clue in a cosmic detective story’.

Something beautiful happens when Ashish begins to interact with his uncle. Ashish seems to reignite his uncle’s latent passion for writing. Joseph describes Mohan’s ‘face triumphant and eyes bright’ as he digs out an old newspaper cutting of his published writing to show Ashish. Mohan re-realises his dream to write and re-evaluates his writing heritage from his father. He enjoys reminiscing to himself about his childhood, and these moments carry the reader away into Mohan’s youth and we learn that Mohan is a dreamer, living in his own world.

And what do YOU do???

Reader Logoby Shanta Everington

It's that dreaded party scenario. You're standing in a crowded room trying to exude warmth and charm while feeling like a total lemon and when you finally talk to someone, they just have to ask, 'And what do you do?'

When you tell them you're a writer, the first question out of their mouths is often, quite reasonably, 'What do you write?' If you are Ruth Rendell, the answer is pretty straight forward. If, like me, you're a struggling, jobbing writer, your answer may well take a good five minutes or more to explain and by then you notice their eyes have glazed over or they've wandered off to get another drink.

I'd love to be able to deliver an eloquent reply such as 'I write crime/romance/literary/chicklit (insert genre of choice) novels' but for many of us erm, optimistically phrased 'emerging writers', the truth is often a little more complicated (and a little less glamourous).

Interview with Helen Garnons-Williams - Part three of three

Reader LogoInterview with Helen Garnons-Williams (Part three of three)
by Jen

How do you perceive the changes brought about by e-books and their apps, and the effects on publishers or editors over the next five years? 

It’s a very exciting and unpredictable time in publishing, and the idea of ‘enhanced’ e-books, particularly in academic books and non-fiction is a rather wonderful one. I love the idea of being able to see a 3D diagram or a 360˚ photograph as I’m reading a non-fiction book. On good days I think that the emergence of e-books can only be a positive thing: i.e. it’s just another medium through which people can read great books (and arguably it’s one that will allow them to considerably increase their holiday reading!), and anything that gets more people reading has got to be good. As such, considering an editor is essentially responsible for finding and acquiring ‘content’, I’m not sure my individual role will change all that much. On bad days, I fear that if we don’t get the pricing and royalty rates right on e-books, and the general public get used to the idea that they can download novels for free, or almost-free, then books will have become so devalued that no one, authors, agents or publishers will be able to make money out of them. And I still think it will take several years (and a generation who grow up using e-books in primary school), for the printed book to take second place to the electronic one.

Interview with Helen Garnons-Williams - Part two of three

Interview with Helen Garnons-Williams
(Part two of three) by Jen

Interview part one can be found here.



Do you prefer to work with an agented author as opposed to one without, and why? 

It’s not a question of preference. I’ve worked with both and when it comes to the editing and the nitty gritty of getting the final book right, that’s pretty much always done one-to-one with the author anyway (with an agent only stepping in if any issues need resolving). But when it comes to submissions, because I receive so many manuscripts a week I will give preference to those that come from agents because I can be confident that at least one level of filtering has already taken place – and I also know that the agent will have sent it to other publishers and will probably be setting a deadline for responses. If the agent is any good they will also have an idea of my taste and will therefore have sent that particular novel to me because they think it will sit well on my list. Once a book has been acquired it’s usually more comfortable to do the contractual wrangling with the agent rather than the author – it means that if things become fraught as we argue over royalties, my relationship with the author isn’t affected.

Interview with Helen Garnons-Williams. Part one of three.

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Interview with Helen Garnons-Williams
Editorial Director for Fiction at Bloomsbury UK
(Part one of three) by Jen

Finding the unexpected seems to be what many editors relish in publishing. When Helen Garnons-Williams read 24 For 3 by author Jennie Walker, she thought she had a potential Orange Prize winner on her hands. Unfortunately she had to make do with the McKitterick Prize instead, since Walker is in reality male author, Charles Boyle. Helen began her career in publishing as an Editorial Assistant at Hodder & Stoughton, working on fiction, non-fiction, TV tie-ins and audiobooks. She then became Editorial Director of Sceptre, Hodder & Stoughton's award-winning literary imprint, where she acquired and edited authors such as Jasper Fforde, Mil Millington, Carolyn Parkhurst, Gregory Norminton and Tariq Goddard. In June 2003 she moved to Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion, where her acquisitions included Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday, The Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon and Belle de Jour—the call girl confessional. She was headhunted to become Editorial Director for Fiction at Bloomsbury in 2007. "We simply could not be happier," said Bloomsbury Editor in Chief Alexandra Pringle. "Helen has an impressive track record and great taste and instincts. We see her appointment as a vibrant addition to our team and an important new step for Bloomsbury."

Priya Basil Interview

Interview with
Priya Basil
by Kerrie Anne

Priya's writing career began early inventing medical conditions, forging her parents’ signatures and developing excuses all aimed at avoiding sports lessons.  Like so many authors she studied English Literature and following her graduation from the University of Bristol she worked for 3 years in advertising, a career which she found soul sapping and unrewarding. Her partner then offered her the chance to move to Berlin in order to spend more time with him and work on her long dreamt first book. Two years later the resulting book, Ishq and Mushq,
explored many events close to her own life and came second in the World Book Day 'Book to Talk About 2008' competition. It was also short-listed for a Commonwealth Writers' Prize, long-listed for the Dylan Thomas Award and gained the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

My Color, Your Color: On Editing and Writing Fiction


by Lisa Marie Basile

Selecting Submissions

My experience in literary journal editing is always changing. I am always learning something new, and I am in love with the ever-changing nature of the literary world. What I’ve learned is a work in progress.

My love for literary editing started when I was an editor for my high school’s literary journal, Folio. I was also associate editor for Pace University’s annual literary magazine, Aphros. From the beginning, I saw a myriad of flaws in the literary editing process. In high school, the students employed the anonymous reading method. All the while, the students knew whose work belonged to whom and the collection seemed to be largely dictated by popularity.

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One Bad Day

Reader Logoby William Hart


On what would become the second worst day of his forty-eight years, he drove in to the shop an hour late, hung over and irritated. He’d planned to get an early start, but family business intervened again—this time in the form of a Sunday dinner party for his future in-laws. It was his first meeting with David’s parents. Though impressed by their height, he found them slow-witted and numbingly dull. To get through the evening, he’d leaned a little too heavily on the wine.

As he pulled into the parking lot he was pleased to see all the company pickups gone. Apparently his little lecture on hustle delivered to the boys on Friday had gotten through. His daughter’s new 1965 Impala was parked at an angle across two spaces, something he’d asked her not to do. He’d have to tell her again, more firmly.

His receptionist was on the phone as he entered. She covered the mouthpiece and caught his eye, looking a little shell-shocked. “It’s Mr. Ganns. Can you talk to him? He’s blowing up at me.”

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Dave Mckean Interview

Interview with Dave Mckean
by Mike French

Dave McKean was born in Taplow, Berkshire in 1963. He attended Berkshire College of Art and Design from 1982-86 and, before leaving, started working as an illustrator. In 1986 he met author Neil Gaiman and since then have collaborated on many projects including Black Orchid (1988), Signal To Noise (1990) and Mr. Punch (1975). Dave also contributed all the cover illustrations and design for Neil Gaiman's popular Sandman series of graphic novels. Arkham Asylum (1989) written by Scottish author/playwright Grant Morrison, the most successful graphic novel ever published, was also illustrated by Dave. Between 1990 and 1996, Dave also wrote and illustrated the comic novel Cages, which won the Harvey Award for Best New Series in 1992, the International Alph Art award and Italy's Pantera di Lucca Award in 1999. 

Dave's illustrations have graced several children's books including The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish and The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman, and today Slog's dad is released marking a return of the award-winning team of Dave and author David Almond.  We caught up with him shortly before the release date.

The Library of Bedlam

Reader Logo by Anjali Joseph

I don’t like working in libraries, and so I leave it as a last resort. Perhaps that’s why I don’t like working in libraries. For one thing it involves concentration in a quantity that I find slightly painful. For another, there’s the febrile atmosphere. It’s very plain, in any given reading room or library, that there are two sorts of people: those who are gossiping with their friends/canoodling with their partners, and those who are doing Much More Work Than You. The latter are virtually grunting with effort, as they fill pages of notes, motor through journal articles, or frown over large tomes. They seem to be a bigger, slightly more grown-up version of the people who always sprang up like unsavoury fungi around me in exam halls at university. Like the first paper of my third-year finals (Tragedy, rather appositely), in which I spent almost the first two of three hours staring about me in a strange, out-of-body experience of despair. Within a few minutes, it seemed, of the invigilator announcing that our time had begun, the girl in front was straining her arm into the air, demanding more paper, and those special green tie things.

Rabbit Writer -- Distracted from deadline

An all too common occurrence.

Life, it's never dull.

This almost became reality for me today. Funny how deadlines sneak up on a person.

Reader Logoby Naomi 'Brigid' Gill