Best-selling author of My Best Friend's Girl, The Ice Cream Girls and The Brighton Mermaid

Hello! I’m so excited to share with you my new adventure…The Happy Author! What is that exactly? Well, it’s a podcast and a series of posts that come together to form a writing guide for aspiring authors and anyone who loves books. ⁠

Why? Because over many, many years I’ve been asked about the how tos of writing. A couple of years ago I had the idea of putting together a writing guide. ⁠

When I sat down to actually write said guide, I realised the only way I could do it was to make it a personal. ⁠Relate things to how I do it and what works for me, in the hopes that it would help readers on their writing journey. ⁠

Then I realised there was more I could do. I’ve had 16 books and several short stories published, I’ve won awards, my novels have topped bestseller lists across the world, and they’ve been optioned for film and television – one was actually adapted for the screen. ⁠

Basically, I’ve been a part of book world for nearly 20 years, which meant I could lift the lid on the publishing industry for people who like to read books, those who want to write books and those who’ve got a publishing deal and/or agent but have no clue about what comes next. ⁠

So here it is, the world of The Happy Author – my way of demystifying the publishing industry for you. ⁠

In my podcast I interview people from all over the publishing industry as well as sharing some valuable advice such as how to deal with rejection & how to be a better author.⁠

With my posts I will reveal secrets, hints and tips on getting writing and keeping writing. I’ll also be sharing with you all the usual stuff that goes on in a writer’s life. ⁠(There may be doggy pics 🐶🐶.)⁠

I hope you join me on this new adventure. I am SO EXCITED about it!

Don’t forget to let me know what sort of things you’d like to see me cover in The Happy Author and I’ll do my best to work it in. ⁠X ⁠

Season 1 Trailer (Season 1, Ep. 0)

Welcome to Dorothy Koomson’s exciting new podcast The Happy Author. Dorothy is a multi award-winning internationally bestselling author and her aim is to help demystify the publishing world for aspiring authors, new authors and anyone who just has a love and interest for books. Find out why Dorothy decided to start this podcast here.

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Who is Dorothy Koomson? (Season 1, Ep. 1)

In this short and sweet first episode, Dorothy tells you all about who she is, how many books she’s had published and why she decided to start The Happy Author podcast. We’ll also add a sneak preview of some of the upcoming episodes.

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How to become a better author – today (Season 1, Ep. 2)

In her no-nonsense style that many authors know her for, Dorothy takes you through the things you can do right now to improve your chances of getting published and if you are already published, how to become a better author.

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Insider interview: Jennifer Doyle, Publishing Director (Season 1, Ep. 3)

On today’s The Happy Author podcast, Dorothy chats to Jennifer Doyle, Fiction Publishing Director of Headline Books. Jennifer is Dorothy’s editor and she explains what she’s looking for in a book, what you can do to improve your chances of getting published as well as how to have a better experience when you do manage to secure a publishing deal. Expect lots of laughs along with the insights.

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Dealing with rejection (Season 1, Ep. 4)

In this episode, Dorothy talks openly and candidly about rejection. As anxiety-making as it is, rejection is a huge part of a writer’s life. Dorothy explains how rejection has been a constant companion in her career as well how to deal with it so it doesn’t derail your writing.

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Insider interview: Antony Harwood, Literary Agent (Season 1, Ep. 5)

On today’s Happy Author podcast, Dorothy speaks to literary agent to the superstars, Antony Harwood. They talk things literary agents – from how to find one, what to expect from one and what you can do make the most of working with one.

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How to find your writing voice (Season 1, Ep. 6)

Your writer’s voice is the unique thing that makes your story your story. In this episode, Dorothy talks about what a writer’s voice is and the different ways you can start to tap into your voice that will help you to start writing your story today.

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Insider interview: Eishar Brar, Editorial Director of Knights Of (Season 1, Ep. 7)

On today’s The Happy Author podcast, Dorothy chats to Eishar Brar, Editorial Director of Knights Of, an independent, dynamic publisher who are making huge waves in the book world. Eishar reveals how you can improve your chances of getting published if writing for children is your thing and why the world desperately needs inclusive publishers like Knights of.

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Insider interview: Aimee Felone, Co-founder of Knights Of (Season 1, Ep. 8)

On today’s The Happy Author podcast, Dorothy talks to Aimee Felone, Co-founder of Knights Of media group and Roundtable Books, an independent, inclusive publisher and bookshop, who are helping to transform the publishing world. Aimee set up Knights Of with David Stevens in 2017 and their bookshop came a year later. She talks about why the publishing world needed a company like theirs and why the publishing world still has far to go in terms of being inclusive.

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Insider interview: Tina Paul, Senior Production Controller at Headline Books (Season 1, Ep. 9)

On this episode of The Happy Author podcast, Dorothy talks to Tina Paul who is a senior production controller at Headline books. She’s the person who helps turn the manuscript your favourite author just delivered to their editor into an eBook or physical book. Tina, who works on Dorothy’s books, explains how without the production department, books and eBooks wouldn’t exist.

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Insider interview: Rebecca Bader, Sales Director at Headline Books (Season 1, Ep. 10)

On this episode of The Happy Author podcast, Dorothy speaks to Headline Books’ Sales Director Rebecca Bader. Rebecca explains how and why the sales team, the people who get the books onto the shelves of online and real world book retailers, are involved with the book right from the beginning – even before the publisher has signed the author up.

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Insider interview: Jo Liddiard, Marketing Director of Headline Books (Season 1, Ep. 11)

On this The Happy Author podcast episode, Dorothy speaks to Marketing Director of Headline Books, Jo Liddiard. Jo has worked at Headline for many years and has most recently been working with Dorothy on her book, All My Lies Are True. Jo explains that marketing isn’t simply advertising and how she works with authors to try to get books into the hands of as many people as possible.

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