Novelist and Reviewer:
Author: The Other Book, The Liberators. The Darkening Path Trilogy: The Broken King, vol. 1;
The King's Shadow, vol. 2, and The King's Revenge, vol. 3.
Also The Double Axe, a retelling of the Minotaur story.
Tips for Pippa Middleton as Contributing Editor of Vanity Fair
Pippa Middleton: Editrix extraordinaire
As a contributing editor myself, I know a few things about the game, and so I thought I’d give Pippa Middleton some friendly tips as she faces up to her new role as a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair.
1) You will be expected to contribute. This means
that you will be writing a piece of what I call “writing” every so
often, depending on the terms of your contract (this is the gold plated
paper that you signed, over which Graydon Carter was looking so
2) You will also be expected to edit. My top tip for
editing is to read the “piece” through carefully, and mark anything
you’d like changed or deleted or even added in! Everyone has their own idiosyncracies, but mostly
you can use a red pen, or a pencil (you can rub out the marks more
easily with a rubber.)
3) When writing a piece, I find it
useful to use my familiar mascot, an Apple laptop. This isn’t compulsory
of course – you may find that a PC works just as well. Or perhaps a
member of staff could type your thoughts up on your typewriter.
Remember, though, to convey the writing to the office (the place where
all those people sit looking angry and staring at computers). These
days, it can be done simply by using email, which is an advanced,
electronic form of carrier-pigeon. Just press a button, get your sister
to marry the heir to the throne, and ping! Off it goes into one of the
world’s best known and prestigious magazines. Just like magic.
4) A deadline is not actually a dead line – imagine that! No, it’s a
date for handing in your “piece”. I find it useful to mark these in my
diary so that I don’t forget them. And don’t book any routine dinners
the night before or you may find your hangover gets in the way!
5) Finally, you have to get paid. This is harder than it sounds (no
joke.) Some magazines don’t pay at all, even after you chase them for
ages; others will give you the equivalent of a packet of Smarties. But
if you’ve already signed the aforementioned contract, then the money
will just whoosh into your account every so often.
Remember – those fascinators won’t buy