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.