The Good Journal is a new addition to UK’s thriving small press scene. Its co-founder is author Nikesh Shukla, who kindly offers Author Club members some exclusive tips to getting published.
Nikesh’s third novel, The One Who Wrote Destiny, is published by Atlantic Books in April 2018. His first YA book, Run, Riot, will be released in June 2018.
Tell us a little about your new literary agency, The Good Agency, and your magazine, The Good Journal.
The Good Agency is helping to redefine what gatekeepers define as “good” writing. While the journal is a platform for writers of colour, the agency will represent BAME, disabled, working class, LGBTQI, and the intersection of them all. It is hoped one will be a talent spotter for the other.
What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve been given?
Just finish it. Stick it in a drawer. Come back to it at a later point, and finish it better. You don’t need to be published next week.
Within the publishing industry, how do you stay true to your “voice” as a writer?
A publisher once told me they liked the verve and energy of my writing, but not the subject matter. I think if you’re trying to write to a market you won’t write the book you want to write.
Which other publications do you recommend writers check out?
There are lots of journals out there doing the good work of publishing underrepresented writers: Media Diversified, Token Magazine, Burnt Roti, Consented, Skin Deep, to a name a few.
Do you have any advice for attending the London Book Fair?
I’ve attended the London Book Fair every year since 2006. As a writer, it’s is a good opportunity to observe the publishing world in action. Go for the seminars – there are some brilliant ones each year.