Where do you get your ideas from?
The same place you do – my brain! A more useful question is “how do you get ideas?” And the best ways of getting ideas are by constantly asking questions, reading a lot, writing a lot, having an interest in lots of different things etc, etc.

How do you get a book published?
You can of course self-publish, but to get the attention of a major publisher, you will probably need to get a literary agent (though this is changing as self publishing via Amazon has really taken off and a lot of writers are getting deals this way). Once a literary agent likes your work, they will approach publishers on your behalf. You will usually submit a cover letter, synopsis, and first three chapters. Literary agents are hard to get, but a good one is worth their weight in gold.

What events do you do?
School visits and creative writing workshops are my two most common. I’ve now visited over 100 schools in the UK, and spoken to around 40,000 students. Society of Authors standard fees apply for school events. I’m open to negotiation for business training (this would ideally be in London and the South East as I’m based in Kent).

Feel free to email me at jonrobinsonevents (at) gmail (dot) com regarding either. I’m always happy to chat (we writers don’t get out much)!

Will you critique my book?

Unfortunately I don’t have the time to read an entire MS. I can offer some advice on preparing a cover letter for a literary agent, getting a coherent summary and first three chapters. Email jonrobinsonevents (at) gmail (dot) com to discuss fees.

Do you have any other writing based services?
I am usually available for freelance copywriting/editorial services. I am based in Kent but can work remotely.



5 responses to “FAQ

    • Hi Kaylee, thanks for your comment.

      I originally mentioned all of the reasons in an early draft, which was later cut. So it’s up to your imagination! (though there are some clues in the following books – Julian is a good hacker, for example…)

      • That sucks. I asked because I wanted to do a report with all of the reasons, so imagination won’t do, and my library won’t have/get the next books yet (not that I’d have the time to read them anyway). Ah well, I’ll just have to rewrite it, but another day. Thanks though.

      • A lot of the reasons are “stereotypical” reasons that some adults (the guards/people who run the prison) assume teenagers might do (arson, theft, joy riding) so it says more about them, and their prejudices about teenagers….

        Kinda related to this – one of the things I talk about in my events at schools is how you can give people false memories – the inmates didn’t do the crimes, yet because of the pressure of questioning and psychological “bullying” some of them (the ‘turned’ ones) actually start believing they have. The whole idea of false memories and memory distortion is pretty interesting!

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