It’s a funny ol’ business, publishing. Flipping heck, it can be tough. And I DON’T just mean the parties 😉 Recently, I’ve been floundering a bit. Having finished two major projects and sent them out, I’m feeling kind of adrift. There’s no news yet, and there may not be for a while, but the rejections … More Ssssh! I’m NOT writing a new book for kids!
A few months ago, I went to the Little Star Writers Festival in Richmond, and while I was there I met Mel, who runs the company. What a fantastic organisation! Oh, if only someone had been running creative writing workshops after school when I was young… Today I’m blogging over on the LSW site about … More Guest blog for Little Star Writers on realistic dialogue
Last week I was on holiday in Ryde on the Isle of Wight with my family. We’ve been before, but this year I needed to seek out a bookshop. We had to (absolutely HAD TO) order in a copy of the just-published second book in John Dougherty’s brilliant Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face series (this one subtitled … More My visit to the Amazing Ryde Bookshop
Recently, Penguin announced that it was bringing out a new edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. So far, so ordinary. Except that the new cover is THIS: A lot of people have expressed opinions about it. Some people have claimed it’s a ‘sexualised’ cover; others that it has nothing to do with the story. … More My problem with the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory cover
So, they’ve gone. My literary novel for 9-12s about lemons (see previous post) and my Big Collaborative Project that involves Superheroes – they are OUT. Poof! Into the ether that is SUBMISSION SPACE! In other words, I now have two BIG books doing the rounds with publishers, as well as an early reader. That’s more … More Clearing the decks: time for a new project