Following on my last two blogs posts about Kevin Brooks, I took the opportunity to finding out if he'd be willing to be interviewed on my blog - and he was.
Having met him and chatted to him for a while, as well as recently having read Killing God, his latest book, I was interested not only to find out more about his writing, but also to get a better sense of who he is as a writer and artist.
The post, which is up on my… Continue
Added by Nicky Schmidt on June 30, 2009 at 19:39 —
I'm taking a picnic and a walk in the park this Thursday 2 July to celebrate the publication of the paperback edition of The Quiet Woman And The Noisy Dog
"Oh Woofy! Oh Woofy! I love you, Woofy! La-La-La-La-La!"…
Added by Sue Eves on June 28, 2009 at 21:30 —
I've posted the second part of "meeting Kevin Brooks" on my blog
. In this session at the Cape Town Book Fair, Brooks spoke to a group of teens, who asked him about his books and his writing. I suspect, in some instances, they were a little taken aback at how forthright he was.
In a happy coup, Kevin Brooks has agreed to be interviewed for the… Continue
Added by Nicky Schmidt on June 28, 2009 at 13:31 —
I've put up my agent interview with Suzy Jenvey of PFD. She discusses authors and illustrators.
Some of you asked questions which she kindly answered at the end of the interview.
Here's the link -
Hope you find it interesting
Added by Tracy Ann Baines on June 26, 2009 at 16:00 —
Not sure if I'll ever not get excited when proofs arrive of books. I hope not! But first proofs of my third book 'Aggie Lichen; Pilp Collector - Hero Required' have arrived! 309 pages are now awaiting my red pen - hopefully not too many typos! The little steps nearer and nearer to publication are so exciting. I've finalised the cover - although still have to pay illustrator - and it's all up and running through Neilsen Book Data. So cool to see it all appear on Amazon, Waterstone's etc, even… Continue
Added by Debbie Edwards on June 25, 2009 at 15:01 —
Well, I only just realised that there were new Master Classes posted on the events page of our website - it's not too late to sign up to Miriam's Dialogue class on Saturday ... but there are also some exciting ones in September and October about Fantasy Fiction and crafting a novel's middle. I posted a heads up about the classes on our News page
Added by candygourlay on June 24, 2009 at 16:10 —
I've just had a short piece on Tim Burton's upcoming film of Alice in Wonderland posted on The Phantom Zone
. This looks like being a real treat for all the fans of weird and surreal kids stuff. As if Carroll and Burton weren't enticing enough it's also coming from Disney - the same Disney that produced Coraline that is, not the sugar-coated cutesy one!
It's due for release next March.… Continue
Added by Jeannette Towey on June 23, 2009 at 9:00 —
I had the really good fortune to meet one of my favourite YA authors at the Cape Town Book Fair last week - and am in serious danger of becoming a fawning fan. I've long enjoyed (if that's a word one can really use) Kevin's books, so it was a real treat to hear him talking at two events and get to chat to him. Despite the often dark and sombre nature of his books, he's a really nice guy, friendly and has a great sense of humour and only too happy to chat about his work and writing per se. I… Continue
Added by Nicky Schmidt on June 22, 2009 at 17:29 —
Added by ERIC HEYMAN on June 22, 2009 at 9:00 —
Eric Heyman emailed me to ask how to put pictures on his Ning page. One way is to use your blog to feature your work.
1.click 'Add a New Blog Post'
2. Give it a title ('Post Title'), write some text to describe the image.
3. Click on the icon of a camera (when you hover over it, a tool tip appears saying 'Add an image'
4. Clicking on it allows you to choose a file from your computer or enter a url from a web page.
Another way is to… Continue
Added by candygourlay on June 19, 2009 at 12:30 —
Are you on Facebook? Philip Ardagh, the bearded children's author, has been locked out of Facebook for being too exuberant with his (always hilarious) postings. We, his friends and fans, want him back! Please join our cause
Says Philip: "It all started when I tried to post silver-wedding-anniversary greetings on my brother-in-law's wall and FB sent me an automated… Continue
Added by candygourlay on June 18, 2009 at 11:30 —
Not to be missed!
"Malorie Blackman's beautiful exploration of black British poetry ... Poetry gives rhyme (but never reason) to injustice; which is why this terrific programme is itself a poem" Time Out Five Star Pick of the Day
Friday 19 June
Added by candygourlay on June 18, 2009 at 10:11 —
I've just posted a review and interview with Chinese-American YA author, Cindy Pon on my blog
Cindy's debut fantasy, Silver Phoenix - Beyond the Kingdom of Xia
(the first part in a trilogy) was released in April this year and is a magical and captivating story rich in Chinese myth and folklore and with a vivid backdrop drawn from traditional Chinese culture.
Aside from really… Continue
Added by Nicky Schmidt on June 14, 2009 at 10:40 —
i am pleased to let you all know that Sarwat Chadda is going to be the next featured blogger of the Ning.
Thank you to Tracy Anne Baines who has been a prolific and informative featured blog. You can still visit the Tall Tales and Short Stories Blog on http://talltalesandshortstories.blogspot.com
Added by candygourlay on June 12, 2009 at 11:51 —
Here's something a little different. Yesterday I got to spend the best part of 3 hours with an up and coming young film director who's looking to fund a spoof zombie film independently, using Twitter, in particular, as a marketing tool. The article I wrote as a result of this meeting is now posted on The Phantom Zone
, a new website set up and run by Barry Hutchison (of Invisible Fiends fame). If you're a nerdy type like me do check it out. And… Continue
Added by Jeannette Towey on June 11, 2009 at 17:30 —
across the room and smashed against the wall.
"I hate this book! I thought it was the best book ever, but I hate the ending. Why does his brother have to die? I felt like this boy was just like me."
So said a distressed young reader. What price a happy(ish) ending? I know happy endings have been discussed before. For me, this is an interesting issue that still raises questions. Do we believe, with poet Yevtushenko, that 'telling lies to the young is wrong?' Is a happy… Continue
Added by Lesley Moss on June 9, 2009 at 10:02 —
SELF-PUBLISHING A CHILDREN'S BOOK SERIES
To conclude my blog series on self-publishing by 'authors who have tried it' we have Debbie Edwards. Debbie has provided a fantastic, insightful and candid post about her successful venture into self-publishing.
You can read it here - http://talltalesandshortstories.blogspot.com/
I have no idea why it's still not feeding through to this home page but it is… Continue
Added by Tracy Ann Baines on June 8, 2009 at 17:03 —
Just wanted to share with you all my beautiful new blog/ writer's profile website because I love the new design. It is at www.dulcineanortonsmith.co.uk
What do you think?
Hope you are all doing just peachy and are full of love and inspiration
Can't wait to see anyone who is coming to the Cheshire Oaks crit group on 14th June
Added by Dulcinea on June 7, 2009 at 22:42 —
Tessa Strickland, publisher of Barefoot Books, will be in Lincoln on Saturday JUNE 20th to talk to the SCBWI and finding and nurturing writing and illustrating talent.
Where? Bishop Grosseteste College,
Sat. June 20th 2.00 - 3.30 pm.
SCBWI members £4 students £5 non members £6
Tea and biccies included!
We'd love to see you there! So if you want a place please contact… Continue
Added by Addy Farmer on June 7, 2009 at 14:30 —
Ding! Dong! I'm still making a noise about our picture book because we have now sold 1,200 hardback copies of The Quiet Woman And The Noisy Dog
in the UK.
Woof! Woof! Lucky Pups!
Added by Sue Eves on June 6, 2009 at 17:47 —