FAQ

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 they are worth their weight in gold.

What events do you do?
School visits and creative writing workshops are my two most common.
I can also provide training workshops for your company/business on confidence and resilience, (I had 7 years of constant rejection before I got published) and presentation skills (I’ve talked in over 60 schools all around the UK to often several hundred teenagers at any one time) .
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?
Sadly I can’t –  (a) I’m by no means an expert (b) Between my own writing, part-time job, and pretty constant flow of speaking events, I don’t have a huge amount of spare time. I can do my best to answer any questions you have regarding the whole process. Leave me a comment on here, or email jonrobinsonevents (at) gmail (dot) com.

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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