The Michael Ridpath of tomorrow may be sitting in the audience, tomorrow, of a day-long seminar entitled "An Insider's Guide to Getting Published". Tips from the published, among them Maeve Haran (Scenes from the Sex War), travel writer William Dalrymple, Sue Townsend (left) and the people from Rough Guides. "It won't be the Ten Commandments, just tips and experiences," says Elizabeth Buchan, ex-senior editor at Random House, author and one of the seminar's leaders. "There are lots of classes on childbirth, but not very many on what to do with the bloody thing once it's arrived." She admits that the fair will have its share of "crashing bores" but watch for "the old lady sitting at the back, she may be hiding a sexually startling prose style."
London International Bookfair, Grand Hall, Olympia, W14 (081-910 7910) Sun-Tues.
`An Insider's Guide to Getting Published', Sat, Dillons, Gower St, W1, (071-915 6613), £35 includes entry to fair and lunch.Reuse content