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The Editor's View:

We're lucky enough to have some fantastic industry insiders coming to share their thoughts on publishing at our Write by the Beach Conference in Brighton on March 12 2016. Vicky Blunden is Senior Fiction Editor at Brighton & Hove's very own award-winning indie publisher, Myriad Editions, and here she shares her tips for writers and conference delegates (don't forget you can win the chance to pitch to her direct on the day: entries close February 22 2016).

Vicky has a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Sussex and worked for a literary scout before joining Myriad. She won the IPG Young Independent Publisher of the Year Award in 2013.

What book are you excited about in 2016?

We are publishing a really outstanding selection of novels and graphic novels this year, all of which we are incredibly excited about, but we're kicking off with Adam Baron's groundbreaking and very funny literary debut, BLACKHEATH (out in February and available as an early ebook exclusive until then). Adam is the much-acclaimed author of four crime novels, and this unputdownable new novel marks a change in direction for him. It is a completely new take on the kind of domestic drama explored in Allison Pearson's I Don't Know How She Does It, cleverly exposing the lie of 'having-it-all' from both a male and female perspective. Controversial and shockingly funny, it is a story of parents behaving badly and of the often uncomfortable truths at the heart of contemporary family life.

What would you love to find on your slush pile/submissions tray this year?

We are always looking for original and bold new writing and we read every submission that comes in hoping that it is going to have the wow factor and sweep us away. We don't have a fixed agenda but we want to be surprised, to start reading and not be able to stop, and to know that if we love something and are really excited about it, other people will feel the same.

What is your top tip for new writers looking for a deal?

Persevere! Authors are best served by finding the right publisher for their work – someone who will champion their book, first to their colleagues, then to the people responsible for selling the book, and ultimately to foreign publishers who might buy translation rights – so it's important to find the right fit. Don’t be disheartened if the first agent or publisher you submit to doesn't sign you up. Keep sending your work out and do your research so that you’re always submitting to professionals who you think will connect with your writing. Most of all, keep writing and keep reading! In order for publishers to be able to go on picking up brilliant new work and publishing it well we need readers to keep buying and supporting new writers, and spreading the word about the books they love so that others can discover them too.

To hear from Vicky, and enter our pitch competition, enrol for the Write by the Beach Conference - but don't delay, there are only a few places still available.

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