Silja Swaby, half Jamaican, half Finnish, is a marine biologist and author. Funded by Arts Council England, she has won competitions, and been placed in prizes and awards. She is working on a series of futuristic thrillers, featuring a female biologist whose quiet academic life takes a drastic turn. Silja has taken creative writing courses at Cambridge University and more recently Yale University, USA.

Silja tutors writers, gives workshops, and provides a critique service. She is happily unmarried and lives in deepest Somerset, UK.

Silja Swaby is pronounced Sil-yah Sway-bee.

February 03, 2011


Agents and publishers get many submissions that are just not up to scratch. Punctuation errors, formatting anomalies, and grubby sheets that have done the rounds. Is it any wonder they hardly look at them? Helen Corner advises new authors treat it like going for a new job where there are thousands of other applicants. That's how good it has to be.

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