For anyone interested, I have two interviews on my blog, Absolute Vanilla, with SCBWI’s Nicola Morgan – in which I ask her some challenging questions about her two YA novels, recently released as a single ebook – and reveal an exclusive image of Nicola having eaten all the cake!
The first interview looks at The Passion Flower Massacre - a story about…Continue
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I'm planning to sort out some picture book ideas -
and come up with some new…Continue
Following on a recent lunch date with a group of women, all mothers of young adults, I started really wondering about the ongoing debate of YA fiction being too dark and unsuitable for its intended audience. I’ve been thinking about the question of what’s suitable and not suitable in YA fiction for some time – and many others have too.
To read more, please take a look at my latest blog post on…Continue
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It may have been a while but here's my latest blog article on Wormholes.
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Writing speech can leave you at a lost for words. It can be tricky stuff. First, you have all that problem of speech layout to get pass and that’s before your characters even open their mouths. Then, what should they say? And when should they say it? Tricky stuff.
So, here’s my first speech tip: Don’t get…
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Children often ask me, “Oi, mister! Why do you have that onion on your head?! You look stooopid!” (says the boy with his bum hanging out of his trousers).
And sometimes they say, “How can I be a better writer?” and so I tell them the most important rules in the world.
Rule 1, I say,…Continue
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There is everything to deter you, the Internet, The Jeremy Kyle Show, all sort of temptations lie in the daily path of a writer. Some people think a shed is the answer, so maybe saving up for a luxury shed might pay dividends... I shall just spend a little time looking at the B&Q website before I start writing ....
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I am managing a thousand words a day, just, and except when it's hot... The only trouble is, maintaining the story tension. Any tips and tricks for keeping those pages turning?
The trouble is, writing is slow and talking is fast, so you can see at once when you're losing attention with a live audience... how you keep the pace adapted to suit all when you are separated by the time and space of words on a page is a riddle that needs solving. Any great tips anyone?
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Sally Poynton and myself are now planning for the LPS in 2014.
What would you like to see happening?
What sort of event would be best for you? Is there an agent, publisher, illustrator or writer that you’d love to meet on the night?
Please let us know by adding your comments to the NIng.
David & Sally
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The creative piece for my MA dissertation is a scary children's ghost/supernatural novel with the working title of Footsteps.
I love ghost story/paranormal fiction and have read a number of children's/YA books in this genre.
Suggestions/recommendations, especially anything hot of the press (published within the last year or two) would be highly appreciated.
I am currently reading Silent Saturday by Helen Grant - I really enjoyed her other books.
Cliff McNish is…Continue
I've been jabbering a lot about marketing of late and there are several posts up on the blog looking at various aspects of marketing, branding and social networking.
Today I've looked at making effective use of social media assuming you have a book to market - the bottom line is be real, engage, be relevant, interact and build a community from your market, i.e. your…Continue
Added by Nicky Schmidt on July 9, 2013 at 18:13 — No Comments
The E-edition of my very first novel which was for adults, SECRET TERRITORY ( RQ Publishers June 2013) is now available on Kindle. Set in Israel in the mid-1970s and in an underground cell in post-war London, the book is already being passed around in Israel to a new audience. Rather exciting. You can view it here.…Continue
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This is a pet project of mine. It's a book based on the rock 'n' roll song "Yakety Yak" by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It'll probably never get published, since I can't seem to get through the red tape on the song's publisher's website, but I thought I'd work on it anyway.
The young yak eventually realises that he can only afford a new string for his guitar if he actually does his chores. He eventually does them, gets his pocket money from his Dad, goes to the music shop…Continue
Over at Space on the Bookshelf, we're continuing our Carnegie features with a review of Roddy Doyle's, A Greyhound of a Girl, come along have a read and enter in the Giveaway competition to win some of the shortlisted books!
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Over on Space on The Bookshelf we're kicking off our Carnegie Features, with a review of 'A Boy and A Bear in a Boat' and mini-interview with author Dave Shelton.
Come over, have a read and enter our Carnegie Giveaway!…
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Armed with enthusiasm and a decent pair of flat shoes, I dived head long into my first foray into the world of publishing via The London Book Fair which took place at Earl's Court.
For three days,…Continue
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