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.

November 10, 2011

Who you know

Don't fool yourself. Your chances of getting published are vastly improved by, having the right parents, going to the right school, the right university, having the right friends and networking like your life depends on it. Everyone's heard the story of the author who gave their book to a friend and his wife happened to be a commissioning editor at some big publishing house. Don't get me wrong the odd person is pulled off the slush pile but your chances are very very small. Whereas ebook readers like Kindle are great levellers. You don't have to know a soul!

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