Take Heart, Writers in the Wings – Remember the Branford Boase Shortlist 2011

Meg Rosoff just posted a blog about Battery Books . It’s nothing to do with the ipad and everything to do with Factory Book Production.

It briefly got me down – for a moment my vision was clouded with pulp fiction and celebrity books – but then I remembered this:


I Am the Blade by J P Buxton, edited by Beverley Birch – Hachette 

When I Was Joe by Keren David, edited by Maurice Lyon- Frances Lincoln 

Tall Story by Candy Gourlay, edited by Bella Pearson – David Fickling 

Unhooking the Moon by Gregory Hughes, edited by Roisin Heycock – Quercus 

Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace, edited by Charlie Sheppard – Andersen Press 

The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh, edited by Imogen Cooper – Chicken House

I know some of these writers, some of them  quite well, and they’re terrific. Talented, hard working, innovative and persistent.

And I know some of the editors too – not well, but enough to know they are also talented, hard working, innovative and persistent.

So take heart, writers in the wings – it’s not all pulp – there will always be a market for good writing. Just keep at it, learn your craft, don’t give up – our time will come.

PS – I can’t make the links work directly! If you want to buy any of these titles, click the book, then click the book image that comes  up on a new page :o)

6 Comments Add yours

  1. kmlockwood says:

    Oh, there’s hope then even for me!
    Thanks for the encouragement Kathryn.

  2. You know, even if the journey’s long … the journey itself is a great thing.

  3. Ah, so there’s hope, perhaps, I hope… 🙂 Thanks for the timely reminder, Mrs Bung x

  4. meg rosoff says:

    It’s a great list this year — particularly great I think. And the best thing about being a writer is that it’s not like being a ballerina. You don’t have to be 17. You just have to be ready. (Though I would say that. I was 47.)

    1. V. Kathryn Evans says:

      Thank Dog that’s true X Just been back to read the brilliant comments on your blog Meg – this day has started well :O)


  5. Nick Cross says:

    Always wonderful to see debut authors being feted, and especially when they’re friends of ours! There is much hope for all of us “nearly-there”s.

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