Mslexia magazine’s latest issue arrived in the post this morning and, as usual, I couldn’t wait to tear off the plastic cover and find out what’s in it. (

‘Dare you write about your parents?’ Now that’s an arresting question as I’ve just finished writing a story which includes my daughter. It was really hard to work out how to include personal stuff in a way that wasn’t going to embarrass everyone … including me.

‘Getting your book reviewed’ was the first article I went to as it was so relevant to my current situation. There’s a couple of really useful lists: one of things to do and the other of things to avoid doing. The rest of the article is divided into 10 numbered sections each on a different topic and I found the whole thing clearly written and very helpful. I have lots of ideas - now all I’ve got to do is implement the plan!