I am very pleased to share the fact I have a two-page feature in the December issue of Writing magazine (aka the UK’s bestselling writing magazine). Although it is nominally the December issue, it is in the shops right now (having appeared on the newsstands from Nov 7th).
Check it out amigos! My feature is advertised on the cover under the title “How you can write next year’s bestseller”. You’ll see a brief biog of yours truly on Page 3 and then, on Page 12, the feature itself.
I’ll give you the standfirst to whet your appetite: “If you could predict ‘the next big thing’, you could write a guaranteed bestseller right now. But is it really possible to anticipate shifting tastes in popular fiction? Author SIMON CORBIN investigates.”
I took as my starting point the notion that (in popular fiction) writers have been ‘writing for the market’ ever since the Victorian era (Dickens and the ‘penny dreadfuls’) – a pattern that has demonstrably continued through pulp fiction, 70s sensationalist paperbacks, 80s bonkbusters, 90s fantasy and the crime genre in the Noughties (and beyond). I then put on my mystic hat and attempt to predict ‘the next big thing’ in popular genre fiction. I won’t give away my conclusion in this blog – you’ll need to get a copy of the feature to find out!…