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Publishing advice: Don’t sound like an a***hole

When telling people about your book, it’s important to sound like you really love it and think it’s the best collection of words ever brought together. After all, if those who wrote it don’t believe, then why should anyone else ?

Apparently though, this can be overdone. At the “Insider Guide to How to Get Published” conference, we were read the start of a cracking example. The previously unpublished author started by saying that his university tutor had described the work as the most sublime novel ever written in the English language.

Presumably this was followed by “and now put the knife down and let me go.”

Of course, this was wrong. OUR novel is the most sublime ever written in the English language. It’s also the funniest. And if anyone argues, I’ll get Candice to beat them up.

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