How did you choose the cover? - blog post image

How did you choose the cover?

The first question children ask when they hear I’ve had a novel published is, “did you do the illustrations?” The next is often, “how did you choose the cover?” and “how many have you sold?” I fear I disappoint on all scores as all I did was write the story (and even that with a co-author); I can’t draw for toffee, our publisher chose the cover and until the royalty statement I have no idea how many we have sold. 

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Help Reinstate The Lost Words

By removing many nature words from the Oxford Junior Dictionary, children will, rather than caring for the earth and everything on it, be more insular and lead less healthy lives. This is alarming at a time when species are approaching extinction and more and more children are suffering from mental illness and obesity. 

Sherbert Lemon Flavour Words - blog post image

Sherbert Lemon Flavour Words

I have fallen a little behind on my notebook, distracted from what should have been the final triumphant week of editing my novel by voluntary work. It's all 

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Young Storyteller

What could be more motivating than seeing your writing published and available for readers to buy and download all around the world? 

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Our Castle By The Sea

Growing up in a lighthouse, 11-year-old Pet's world has been one of storms, secret tunnels, and stories about sea monsters.  

 

Teachers - have you discovered @BookPenPals? A new initiative pairing authors & illustrators with schools to make reading recommendations via postcards. They're pretty oversubscribed, but if you're interested it might be worth getting your name on the waiting list. They have some fabulous authors on board.