EP. 13 | lisa blower on arduous publishing journeys

My first novel, Sitting Ducks, had an arduous journey… it was picked by two big publishing houses and dropped twice… At this point I had been shortlisted for the BBC short story award, written short stories for Radio 4 and everyone was like “where is your novel?” but nobody wanted it…

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Lisa Blower had won many prestigious awards for her short stories and yet, the publishing journey for her debut novel, Sitting Ducks, was a long and strenuous one. But Lisa had faith in the writing and didn’t give up. If you’ve ever been at a point where you doubt if your book will ever find a publisher, go and get Lisa’s wise words of encouragement! As she says, class can be an important factor in the publishing journey – and a sign that publishing houses need to create space for more diverse voices.

Listen to this extract to find advice on:

  • The ins and outs of publishing deals.
  • Different routes to publication, including crowdfunding your project.
  • Why your novel may not have found a publisher yet.

What I have realised is that publishing is a class issue and a lot of the people reading me are of a different class to what I’m reflecting and certainly the voice I often write in… and so when the rejection comes it really frustrates me because is not the writing they’re rejecting, it’s the class I’m reflecting.

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