What are you doing with your free time? Finally writing that novel you’ve been thinking about? I have a big head start on you. When I left my steady employ in August, I decided to try to take a few months to write a novel and it’s been…. great. Genuinely fantastic. You know, until Christmas came along. Then snowmaggedon. And then this. Now every day is a slog. This guy says I should channel that anxiety into creative endeavours, but mostly I channel it into my ulcer development program. But I digress. If you’re just starting out on your journey of what-the-hell-I-might-as-well-write-a-novel-how-hard-can-it-be, the Guardian offers a few things to keep in mind.
“I bet we’ll see a surge in a few months and we reckon this trend will go up as the lockdown continues, and beyond that,” Coen said.
Literary agent John Jarrold is also receiving more messages from would-be authors. “I am seeing an upturn in email queries rather than actual submissions of finished manuscripts, and I expect that to continue. Like most agents, I take on a tiny percentage of the authors who submit novels to me, maybe three or four a year out of 35 or so submissions a week, so it will be interesting to see how this develops.”