It's one of the sadder realities of modern publishing: the traditional market for well-told short stories is drying up with the closure of magazines all over the world. That's certainly the case in the UK, where a host of household name titles have closed down in recent years. Jude Hayland cut her teeth as an author for women's weekly magazines, enjoying a steady income and much of her work being translated for the wider world market. But that's all changed now, and Jude moved to writing full novels, with three published to date and another in the pipeline. So how do you move from writing to a 3000 words limit to full-length fiction? Jude's journey is a fascinating one, not least because she also teaches English too.
Also this week, Rebecca reveals how the organisers of London Book Fair are defending the lack of chairs at this year's event, and we discuss just what should first-time authors expect from their publishers?