Then this happened (how not to get a publishing deal)

Then this happened (how not to get a publishing deal)

This was me last Friday. Because this happened. I’ve been working with the book coach and publisher Alison Jones in a book proposal challenge. She spends two weeks with participants on our ideas, structure and presentation for a business book, providing feedback...
The (uncomfortable) joy of incompetence

The (uncomfortable) joy of incompetence

Last night I went to the pub and learned to knit. I’ve never aspired to making woolly things. I recall some kind of sponsored knit when I was in the Brownies, and being faintly horrified to discover that being ‘sponsored by the inch’ meant by the...
Robert Rauschenberg and burning bridges

Robert Rauschenberg and burning bridges

The arguments in the judging room had been heated, bordering on rancorous. An American to win the prestigious Gran Premio at the 1964 Venice Bienniale, the youngest ever, and – whisper it – a pop artist? With silkscreens? The artist being honoured, Robert...

What to do when things go wrong

Things go wrong. We make mistakes. We make BIG mistakes. A relationship turns bitter, and you’ve lost a partner, a friend or a colleague. You’re made redundant, and all your self-esteem softens like a plastic spoon on the hot stove. Or the smaller things....

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