Advice to Spalding students on getting into print

Students Holly Heatherington and Eleanor Toal interview author Linda Bennett during her visit to Spalding High School. Photo: SG171114-111TW
Students Holly Heatherington and Eleanor Toal interview author Linda Bennett during her visit to Spalding High School. Photo: SG171114-111TW
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Crime writer Linda Bennett, writing under the pen name Christina James, had advice for budding writers at Spalding High School for getting into print.

The students were advised to write regularly, enter writing competitions, attend surgeries and to look for a mentor, such as a teacher or editor, who could help them.

Linda suggested that aspiring writers should start their own interesting blog, writing about writing, although she cautioned against saying anything bad about any other author or blatantly selling their own work.

Opening a Twitter account was a way of finding out about other authors, she said, and if used with Facebook and other online sources, was a way of building an audience and ensuring lots of people were aware of their name.

Linda talked about the options available for self-publishing, but emphasised that writers going down this route would need the services of an editor and of a professional designer to come up with an eye-catching book jacket.

The students were also advised against university-run create writing courses.