I call myself an audiobook narrator. Although I’d listened to audiobooks for 20 years every night before going to sleep, I never actually thought that I could be one of the people doing it. To me, that was like just impossible.
Becky Sharp didn’t so much as storm into my life as she – in typical fashion – bulldozed herself into it. The illegitimate child of an artist, she was the charity case of a finishing school with one goal and one goal only: to ascend and dominate Victorian society by any means necessary, but preferably via a rich husband with a short life span.
I wrote short stories as a child and spent much of my university days firing off proposals to publishers. I came close to getting a book deal a few times, but never quite managed it.
People did not buy your novel (that is, part with their hard-earned cash), so that they could be sent to Snoresville. They want to have an adventure. They want to turn the pages in a frenzy to find out what happens next in your book. Just two of the main reasons why setting and conflict is important – so try and get them right.
What makes a great novel? Whatever your views, there are roughly six elements that your novel absolutely should have, for a better chance at being successful. In this post, we look at two of the six elements: plot development and themes.