Imagine how different it must have been when Wordsworth, Dickens and Hardy were turning out novels. In many ways it was likely easier – the competition was certainly less, plus they simply walked into a publishing company to have their books produced and distributed. On the other hand they had to painstakingly make copy after copy, by hand, not having the convenience of a computer program to revise, edit and delete. Technology has made our lives easier – while also increasing the competition – and making it hard to get known. There is no easy way to get one’s head above the crowd.