There are few dead certs when writing a book. There is no definitive way to get published; some people win competitions, other meet agents and click, and some get picked off the slush pile. There is no one way to write, either – some see where the writing takes them, others plot and plan meticoulsy before writing a word. No agent or editor can tell you the one thing that makes a good book, as they are all looking for something slightly different. It’s all so... subjective.
There is only one thing that is a constant, an un-disputed fact within the world of writing and publishing – THE LOVE OF CAKE. Many writers are fuelled by cakes (partly because of that pesky Candy Gourlay), and I suspect this is true of agents and editors too – it’s the publishing industry's staple diet.
SO what could be better than books and cakes? BOOK-CAKES!
I was lucky enough to be helping out the book store at the Oxfordshire Book Awards a few week ago. The authors and illustrators were so busy signing that I couldn’t get close to them, but I did manage to see these fantastic cakes - edible replicas of the winning book covers created by the Catering Manager of the host school Abingdon Boys…
And here are a few of my efforts!
With appetites wetted, go write!