Holly Seddon
I'm an author living in the centre of Amsterdam. My first novel, Try Not to Breathe, was published in January 2016.

Entries by Holly Seddon

What Nobody Tells You About Your Book Being Published

(0) Comments | Posted 9 February 2016 | (09:55)

It's been a month since my debut novel Try Not to Breathe came out in the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand, and another couple of weeks before it comes out in America and then Germany. It's...

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Bieber and the Bittersweet Memories: This Is Not About Us

(0) Comments | Posted 12 November 2015 | (19:46)

This Bieber stuff is nothing new. In 2003, my horror at Avril Lavigne featuring on the cover of the NME was in part of the driving force that made me want to start my own music website (that and effing up the chance to do reviews for actual NME, sigh)....

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It's Been A Year Since I Got A Book Deal, Here's What I've Learned

(0) Comments | Posted 21 September 2015 | (19:37)

Had some really good news today.
I wrote on Facebook on 19 September, 2014.
Celebrated with a £9 car wash. That's right, the 'Topaz'.

The auto-generated memory that Facebook burped up for me last week
probably sounds like any other boring status update that means nothing to almost...

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Why I Gave Up All of My Plans, Permanently

(0) Comments | Posted 15 September 2015 | (10:21)

A lovely, clever teenage girl I know well told me recently that she wants to meet her "husband" at 23 and have her first child at 25. She knew the type of job she wanted to do, but also the type of job she wanted him to do. She had...

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If I Wrote My Debut Novel Again, Here's What I'd Do Differently

(0) Comments | Posted 1 September 2015 | (09:16)

In the same way that you'll only ever have one first kiss, you only get one shot at your debut novel. I mean, you'll redraft and edit it 10 million times, but you only do the whole process once. And it's about trial, error, heartbreak and pride.

I'm proud...

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I've Been an Immigrant for a Month, Here's What I've Learned

(6) Comments | Posted 27 August 2015 | (17:32)

On 25 July, my family and I boarded a plane with a one-way ticket to Amsterdam. We're called expats (and there are thousands like us, there are bags of Brits here), but I prefer to use the term "immigrant". It's more accurate because we're not just expatriates living in a...

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A Love Letter to All the Libraries

(0) Comments | Posted 14 August 2015 | (19:07)

When I was a kid, I was weird. And not in that floppy-haired, no-one understands me but I'm still really cool and actually, if I just took off my glasses everyone would hoist me on their shoulders and carry me around 'weird', but plain weird. One time, I rescued a...

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Why Stories are More Important Than Books

(0) Comments | Posted 2 August 2015 | (16:18)

My favourite stories have no pages, no illustrations and no publisher. But for those treasured tales, I'd swap every book in my collection.

Growing up, my Dad didn't read to me at bedtime. Instead, he did something far better. He used to make up stories. Freestyle. Freestyle! And I...

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Our Son Is Called Finch, Yes, After That One

(0) Comments | Posted 14 July 2015 | (16:43)

My youngest son is called Finch. After Atticus. Yes, that Atticus. The one so many of us love(d) and held up as a shining example of what a father, a lawyer, a person, should be. An immoveable moral compass, standing proud at due North.

I read the Guardian piece

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"Why Does It Take So long for Your Book to Come Out if You've Already Written It?"

(0) Comments | Posted 5 July 2015 | (20:40)

Coming from an online publishing background ("Never wrong for long..." "The client wants their advertorial up yesterday..." "Copy and paste! Copy and paste!" and so on) sometimes the pace of book publishing really stops me in my tracks.

I mean, literally, there are pauses in the process where I...

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So You Want to be a Novelist?

(1) Comments | Posted 18 February 2015 | (09:55)

The other day my Twitter feed was crackling with the news that 60% of British folk would love to be an author. In an age of unparalleled access to so many forms of arguably easier entertainment, it's pretty cheering to see how many still value novels.


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Heroines of STEM: Time for Some Flag Waving?

(0) Comments | Posted 21 April 2014 | (16:46)

My daughter recently had to do a project for her science home work. She was making a board game that involved great scientists. Of course there was Einstein, Peter Higgs, Dmitri Mendeleev, Euclid, Joseph Black, Jan Van Helmont, Galileo, Schrödinger (and his cat)... Only the cat wasn't male. And that...

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We Need to Close the Gap That Is Swallowing Up 700,000 Kids

(1) Comments | Posted 22 January 2014 | (10:56)

Some 700,000 children in Britain are being held back in school through no fault of their own and irrespective of their ability. This isn't just wrong, it's scandalous. And we can all do something about it.

You know what makes me angry? When stuff is unfair. Okay, that makes everyone...

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Calling a Spade a... Boys' Toy?

(0) Comments | Posted 16 September 2013 | (10:37)

Sometimes when I commission an editorial answer on Quib.ly, I'm curious to see whether it will capture people's imaginations. But then there are the others. The ones that I know, before I've even clicked send on the commissioning email, that it will catch on fire.

On Friday,...

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Relive my teens? Not on Your life

(0) Comments | Posted 14 August 2013 | (18:41)

There's a line in the first series of Girls where the 24-year-old lead character, Hannah (Lena Dunham) is prattling away during an STD test. She's being, as many 24-year-olds are, self-indulgent and ridiculous.

"You couldn't pay me enough to be 24 again," sighs the gynaecologist.

"Well, they're not...

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Should You Undo Your Own Digital Footprint?

(0) Comments | Posted 12 July 2013 | (15:06)

Remember yourself before kids? Remember how fun you were? That time you woke up in a different county and didn't know how you got there but knew a fun story was involved? Or that incredibly fun holiday where one of your party broke an arm dancing? Or the fun and...

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Should We Ask Our kids' Permission Before Posting Online?

(1) Comments | Posted 8 July 2013 | (17:06)

Sometimes, as an editor, you get a pitch that is so precisely spot on that it makes the hairs at the back of your neck stand on end. Aside from making a mental note to somehow wax the back of my neck, a recent pitch from one of my writers...

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Five Creative Apps Every Kid Should Try

(0) Comments | Posted 27 June 2013 | (11:44)

Technology has a lot levelled at its robotic feet. From child obesity, to the breakdown of marriages (looking at you, Facebook) to changing our brains. Well, scratch below the headlines and you'll find that a) you'd be hard-pressed to avoid technology given that pretty much anything...

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'School Is a Building, Education Is Wherever I Am'

(0) Comments | Posted 21 June 2013 | (17:19)

My kids all go to school. They go to a building each day dressed in their uniforms for a set amount of time, the same each day. They do the same lessons on the same days with the same teacher, each day. Just like I did, in my school uniform,...

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Our Kids Could Learn A Lot From Ricky Gervais

(0) Comments | Posted 11 June 2013 | (17:35)

No really, hear me out.

In his recent Huff Po blog post, Gervais celebrated the importance of - in his words - "dicking about". In other more family-friendly words, playing, mucking around, trying things, being creative.

Gervais explained: "Scientific studies of creativity have basically concluded that...

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