His numerous books were rejected by publishers for twenty years, but he went on writing. Be persistent.
When traditional publishing didn’t work out, he turned to self-publishing, and did great. Be open-minded.
He still prefers to work on his cow and sheep farm, and writes at night, or whenever there’s time. Be yourself.
“Translation matters. It always has, of course… But perhaps right now translation is more important than ever,” says Rachel Cooke.