My Experience at Penguin Random House

June 26, 2017

J J Hallam

Being a History and English Literature student at University, I decided it was time to dedicate some thought into my future. I had by this point whittled down my desires to focus on a career that was primarily literature or writing based.

Fortunately, in October 2016, I was given the opportunity to spend some time on a work placement with Penguin Random House based in London. Having not the slightest knowledge beforehand of what the demands of a publisher would entail, I was a completely blank slate.

Eager for experience, I didn’t specify a particular area of interest, and so I ended up in the Children’s Marketing and Publicity division. My first false preconception, it that everyone would be middle aged, wearing suits and matching pompous sneers as they carelessly threw hopeful manuscripts into bins. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The dress code is casual, so casual that…

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Ernest Hemingway on The Art of Fiction

June 13, 2017

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Here are some interesting tidbits I pulled from Ernest Hemingway’s 1958 interview in The Paris Review, on the Art of Fiction.

Among other things, Hemingway discusses his process, when he likes to write, and the value of editing. It’s highly readable and informative, despite his apparent boredom for most of the questions: “I see I am getting away from the question, but the question was not very interesting.” And, “when you ask someone old, tired questions you are apt to receive old, tired answers.”

Two highlights from the interview:

One, his confirmation of a writer needing space to create: “You can write any time people will leave you alone and not interrupt you.”

Two, his answer to a question regarding an author’s training:

INTERVIEWER: What would you consider the best intellectual training for the would-be writer?

HEMINGWAY: Let’s say that he should go out and hang himself because…

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Thoughts along the Writing Journey: “Writers experience the world through writing.”

June 13, 2017

Write on Writing

“Writers experience the world through writing.”

“I just have to write to understand my experience of life. I feel compelled to write!”

“Write, create, innovate”


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How many people would like to write a book?

June 3, 2017

He (or She) Has Achieved Success Who Has Lived Well, Laughed Often and Loved Much

May 12, 2017

Craig's Quotes

SUCcess Emerson
“To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.  
– Bessie Stanley (and Ralph Waldo Emerson)


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“Sharing, informing,  enlightening, encouraging, impacting, empowering, igniting, uplifting (and perhaps even) inspiring”


Share, encourage and spread HOPE, LOVE and LIGHT

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“I (and we writers) like to tell stories about ourselves to try and make sense of our own lives – to be more livable.”

May 7, 2017

“You’ll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart.”

March 8, 2017

“I write because I love it. Words are free, and they soar with wings unbound from my mind to my fingers. And then they travel great miles to reach your eyes. Here are the stories that I have to share. They stem from my observations, my experiences, my joys, my anguish, and my pure love of writing. They describe, they explain, they argue, they laugh, they cry. They are for you.”

January 22, 2017

“One must first of all endure.”

January 14, 2017

What is Copyright and How Do You Protect It?

January 13, 2017

How to Write and Publish YOUR Book


This article (originally part of the writing course I ran at the local polytechnic and developed about twenty years ago into our original and hugely popular Eagle Productions online creative writing course) was written for the “OFFLINE and real world” here in New Zealand and the United Kingdom… well before I knew about the “amazing intricate mysteries of the net”. However, I believe, the principles should also be applied (perhaps not so stringently) to the “Wild West of cyberspace”. (That’s a metaphor, by the way!). The article covers general principles of copyright and may also be applied world-wide in writing for the www, “metinks”…

Publishing on the world wide web (writing articles on your field of expertise is a most effective form of internet marketing, incidentally!) is very different to the “real world”. In the online “wild west culture” standard copyright rules are far harder to enforce…

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