Oh, forgot the definite ‘Hate List’ from Literary Agents and Publishers…

Oh, forgot the definite ‘Hate List’ from Literary Agents and Publishers…

Don’t beg!

Don’t send photos of your children begging!

Don’t tell them your book is as good as J K Rowling

Definitely don’t tell them your book is better than J K Rowling

Cakes, flowers, the best whiskey or wine don’t work either

Your mother’s, sister, brother and cousins recommendations won’t help

Many don’t like prologues, but a few do

Description of the weather…uh, oh!

Opening line, ‘My name is…’

Any sleeping, waking, dreaming…uh, oooh!

Lots of description. There is showing and there is excruciating!

A cheesy hook

Flawless Heroines and Heroes

Oh, I forgot to mention, most of what you’re likely to submit! BUT, don’t give up, J K Rowling didn’t!

Good luck! Grit your teeth, bite down hard (not on an agent), and never give up! Those that persevere will succeed! Walt Disney did after approaching over two-hundred banks for a loan!



Although I am from Africa I now reside in the U.K. with my family. I started my career as a teacher and have taught children in Primary and Secondary schools. I had a business, teaching computer skills to students of all ages. My company gave me invaluable experience in dealing with a diverse range of cultures. Our entire aim was that we taught our pupils the necessary skills and literacy but that they had fun learning!

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