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Tattletale

Wow, it’s dusty in here. Let me just step over these piles of newspaper and boxes and – Oh, I wondered where that was… Right, well. Here we are again. Long time no see. A lot’s happened since I last blogged: namely I’ve signed a two book deal with Trapeze, which is a brand new…

Tackling Publisher Edits by Emma Haughton

Originally posted on AUTHOR ALLSORTS:
As chance would have it, my allotted post on revision tips has fallen on the eve of my first structural edit for book three. So, no better time to think through the process, and gird my loins for the ordeal to come. ? Because publisher edits – particularly the first…

Is Social Rejection the Key to Creativity?

Originally posted on Cody Delistraty:
On the psychology of why rejection and loneliness may be necessary evils for the creative genius “In the deepest and most important things, we are unutterably alone, and for one person to be able to advise or even help another, a lot must happen, a lot must go well, a…

UKYAX!

On the 28th Feb I took the fast train to Birmingham for the first ever UKYA Extravaganza, organised by YA authors, Emma Pass (of ‘ACID’ fame) and Carnegie nominated Kerry Drewery. We met in a local pub where we conversed with great erudition and insight on weighty matters like who had the best bookmarks. Here’s a photo of…

Sorry it took so long…

Ahem. I appear not to have blogged for a while, so here’s a rundown of what’s been going on and what’s happening soon: There are always great articles on the Author Allsorts blog, and last month’s theme was writers’ daily routines.  Here’s mine. At the end of last year my fantastic former editor, Shelley Instone, became a…

Break Into Writing: SW.r1tes

As part of the SW.r1tes festival I was at Pimlico Library last night, talking about my experiences on the long and winding road to getting published. I tackled the usual topics: the pros/cons of writer’s groups (one memorable piece of advice I received was: “if it’s for kids it should have a dragon in it”),…

The Chocolate Book Challenge

On this week’s blog chain we’re comparing our favourite books to our (or, at least, my) favourite foodstuff.  This is an analogy that can only be stretched so far (I like my chocolate scary, with supernatural elements and er hazelnuts), but here goes:   Dark Chocolate Good for you but occasionally bitter and not always…

Book Week

And there was me thinking what a cushy doss of a job being a writer was. It started gently enough on Wednesday with a visit to my sister’s school in Hackney.  I’ve visited these kids before and they’re brilliant: lively, enthusiastic and bursting with questions.  This time I was talking to year 5 and 6…

Blood List Trailer

Blood List Trailer Here’s a trailer I made for The Blood List.  Just me and iMovie, a baby, some scissors and a raven.  In a graveyard.