For all the people who just wrote to ask me how to improve their work, see below:
After twenty-two years of helping people to improve their writing--this applies to all genres--the top ten bits of advice come down to four. I'll leave it to a famous writer to pass on, since I love her work and people seem to listen more closely to the famous:
Zadie Smith (pictured above):
1. When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else.