In this episode I have the great pleasure of speaking to Lucy McCarraher.
Lucy has a huge amount of experience in writing and publishing, starting her first publishing company whilst at university. She has been a book and magazine editor, a print journalist, a TV journalist, a writers’ agent, an editor for Methuen and has developed, written and edited TV and video series.
In 2011, Lucy co-founded Rethink Press with her business partner Joe Gregory. As Managing Editor, Lucy works with entrepreneurs and business leaders and helps get them into print. She also coaches and mentors writers and had a postgraduate diploma in teaching creative writing and literacy.
She is the author of ten books including (with Joe Gregory) How to Write Your Book Without The Fuss and How to Write Fiction Without The Fuss. Lucy has also written three novels, Her first – Blood and Water – was followed by Kindred Spirits and Mr Mikey’s Ladies.
Lucy has great experience and insight as both a publisher and a writer; with both fiction and non-fiction. We talk about the publisher versus self-publishing debate, how her experience as publisher influences her writing and how writers and publishers can best work together.
I hope you enjoy listening to Lucy as much as I enjoyed talking to her . Please let me know in the comments below or via Twitter and Facebook.
** NB: I sound a little bit watery in this recording as my audio equipment supplier gave me a mic that didn’t work so I had to use my basic laptop mic – but Lucy is so interesting and insightful it would have been a crime not to share this with you. So please bear with me: it’s a one-off in terms of sound quality **
Thanks for listening.