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Secret Content – Hidden Auras!

I’ve just been to the fabulous SCBWI annual conference and I learned a thing! Well, I learned lots of things but here’s a really fun thing you can join in with.

You will need:

A smart phone.

The HP Reveal app.

A copy of More of Me.

How to find the hidden content:

Download the app, discover and follow me: KathrynEvansAuthor

Scan the cover with the app to find the hidden content – let me know what you find!

I’m on Twitter @KathrynEvansInk Instagram, Facebook @KathrynEvansAuthor and Snapchat: KathrynEvansInk (no wonder I’m so far behind with my work…)

 

PS, If you can’t find a copy of More of Me, you can find some of the content by scanning the cover below…

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And the winner is…Bold, Brilliant and Bonkers.

By Kathryn Evans

Bold, brilliant and bonkers? Me? Well, maybe, but I think Addy Farmer was talking about my book in this fabulous video of the SCBWI Crystal Kite for Uk and Ireland:

And proving that she was probably right about me, this is what I was wearing when I received the award…


I know, I know but it was fancy dress?! ( Gold star if you know who I was???)

Huge congratulations to the other shortlisted authors, Patrice Lawrence, Eugene Lambert, Ally Sherrick, Peter Bunzl and Sue Wallman – I read and loved all your  books. If it was a Strictly vote I’d have run up quite a phone bill and possibly done myself out of a SHINY THING.

Happy sigh….

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Redbridge Book Award

More of Me has  been shortlisted for a few regional awards which is absolutely lovely. Even lovelier is that you get invited to award ceremonies that are heaps of fun. This week I was in Redbridge  with Teri Terry, Anne Cassidy, Christopher Edge and Peter Bunzl.

We were spoiled rotten with an amazing lunch – I ate all the cake before it could be photographed but you know, if you will serve macaron that perfectly match my hair, I am going to eat them.

There was a quiz in which I answered all the questions about More of Me without any help from Peter Bunzl. I’m such a fibber! How do you forget things from your own book!!?  Mind you, I wasn’t alone, cough, cough… Needless to say, the author table did not win the quiz.

We did all enjoy answering  the very interesting, beautifully phrased questions, such as:

Do you magpie away ideas?

Yes! We all do. We pick up all the shiny ideas and squirrel them away .

As if we weren’t spoiled enough, we were given flowers and certificates.

Kathryn Evans And Teri Terry

It was huge fun and then someone gave Christopher Edge an award and it went completely to his head….

 

 

 

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The Shiniest More of Me of all – Einzig!

Look at this German edition of More of Me – it is SO SHINY! I adore it.

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More of Me Lands Stateside!

Earlier this week I received a parcel…

Available from 13th June you can order it here, from actual Barnes and Noble in actual America!!!

Excited? Me? Errrrm…

 

YES!

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The SCBWI Crystal Kite Award 2017

By Kathryn Evans

Sometimes, when you start on a journey, there are certain dreams that seem ridiculously  beyond your reach but you dream them anyway because they just  keep you going.  And sometimes, ridiculously, no matter how far beyond your reach they seem,  those dreams can come true.

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The Society of Children’s Book writers and Illustrators is an organisation I’ve belonged to for years.  Through SCBWI workshops and critique groups I’ve learned my craft, and as a volunteer I’ve grown a hugely supportive network of friends and colleagues.

SCBWI members are a mix of published and unpublished writers all on a journey to produce the best work they can and I think that shows in the standard of entries for the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award.  It’s  a peer-given award to traditionally published writers and illustrators ,  recognising great books from 15 regions around the world.

Here are the  shortlisted titles  for the UK and Ireland in 2017 – I’ve read and loved them all – anyone of them would be a worthy winner.  In fact, if you’ve gaps in your To Be Read pile, take them as recommendations.

patrice - CopyPatrice Lawrence – Orange Boy

A gritty urban thriller with a powerful family drama at its heart – Winner of the Waterstones Prize for Older Children, Shortlisted for The Costa Prize.

 

 

Peter Bunzle – Cogheart cogheart

A steampunk tale of ambition, pursuit and revenge – The Guardian.  Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Branford Boase Award.

 

eugene - CopyEugene Lambert

‘A thrilling YA sci-fi adventure reminiscent of Hunger Games and Star Wars … a fantastic page-turner with great characters in Kyle and Sky’  Booktrust

 

Ally Sherrick blackpowder

A gutsy  adventure-packed tale of the Guy Fawkes story told from 12 year old Tom’s point of view as he struggles to save his father in a world that’s against him.

 

 

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In intense psychological thriller selected for the Zoella book Club and  a really brilliant page turner.

 

 

 

And  in case there is still space on your bookshelf, here are some previous winners…

2016

Teri Terrmindgamesy – Mind Games

A complex and futuristic thriller that, even at a hefty 433 pages, will leave you wanting more…another stunning example of Teri Terry doing what she does best (The School Librarian)

Teri has won so many awards I can’t even list them all.

 

2015

ratClaire Furniss – The Year of The Rat

Beautifully written and emotionally charged debut about love, loss and families. Would appeal to fans of Annabel Pitcher. (The Bookseller)
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase, Longlisted for the Cilip Carnegie Medal

 

 

And  the 2017 winner…

Me.

Well… More of Me by Kathryn Evans

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Dreams really can come true if you just don’t give up.

More of Me by Kathryn Evans, winner of the 2017  Society of Childrens’ Book Writers and Illustrators Crystal Kite Award for UK and Ireland.

Pinch Me.

 

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More of Me is One Year Old

By Kathryn Evans

I feel like I should have a little birthday tea. One year ago today, my first book was born. After more than 15 years of trying, I became an actual, real life  published author. My debut YA novel More of Me was released by Usborne  to U.K. readers.

The birth was celebrated by many of my  amazing friends. The tribute below was  lead by Candy Gourlay and Amanda Lillywhite, who encouraged enormous numbers of people to do this to their faces and post it all over facebook and twitter.

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Just a few of the many pals who “MorphedofMe” for Launch day.

I was so moved by this, it’s amazing, don’t you think?  And then very many of them turned out for my launch parties – the first hosted by Daunt Books, the second, by Waterstones. You can see loads of pictures here but this is one of my favourites, because it sums up all the support, kindness and squidging  I’ve had along the way:

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All the hugs for SCBWI pal Addy Farmer

I think it’s traditional  to talk about the highs and lows of having a first bookbaby- and at some point I will be doing a post on that for SCBWI’s Words and Pictures   – I’ll link to it when it comes out.  But not here. Here, in the spirit of new motherhood, I’m going to celebrate my book’s first birthday by inviting  a few pregnant friends over…I think I may be taking this metaphor a bit too far…Basically, I’m going to celebrate my book’s birthday with the

Joy of New Books!

During this last year, I teamed up with four other SCBWI debut authors, my fellow Lost and Founders,  and they all have new books out this year. I’ve read one of them, Olivia Levez, The Circus, and loved it. Sue Wallman’s See How They Lie,  Patrice Lawrence’s Indigo Donut  and Eugene Lambert’s Into The No Zone, I couldn’t quite get my hands on yet but I will! I will!  I’m so happy for them, they give me hope! I’m still writing my book 2 ( slacker).

 

I also want to mention Peter Bunzl’s Cogheart – this book was Usborne’s lead debut in 2016 and made a huge and deserved splash. It’s middle grade with a strong story,  wonderful characters and a gorgeous steampunk feel to it. If you haven’t read it,  do – I can’t wait for the follow up, MoonLocket, out in May..need to get working on my dress ups for that event…

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Fellow Slushpiler Teri Terry has a new series launching in May this year, Contagion – I’ve not read it yet but she is consistently good, I loved Book of Lies released this year and I can’t wait for this creepy looking series!

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I am also desperate to read Candy Gourlay’s new book but I don’t know when that’s going to happen – come on Candy, you have readers waiting!! ( I keep nagging int he hope she’ll give me a sneaky peak…sigh…)

I’ve just realised I could go on forever with this list…especially as I want to give a heads up to some brilliant SCBWI authors who have recently been signed to an agent or publishing house and I know are going to produce amazing books: Em Lynas, Sheila Averbach and Lucy Van Smit get on with it gang, I await new treats!

There are so many more, it’s going to be another exciting year for books and hoorah for that.  Now it’s nearly time for cake, but first I must say:

Thank you:

  • Heaps if you were involved in More of Me winning, being nominated for, or long listed or shortlisted for an award. I am beyond grateful. And a bit stunned to be honest.
  • A ton if you read  and reviewed More of Me, or just read  and loved it or  read  and didn’t like it but didn’t slay me in a review – or if you did slay me in a review you did it for the betterment of book kind.
  • A gazillion times if you were involved in anyway in spreading More of Me’s wings worldwide, I love seeing all the foreign editions and hearing from readers all over the world.
  • Mahoosively if you’re a school or library that’s invited me to talk to your children.
  • Endlessly  for encouraging, handholding and being generally fabulous.

And now….CAKE!

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And the winner is…

by Kathryn Evans

The last few days have been unbelievable – first the Carnegie nomination and now this…you guys did this, you awesome, wonderful, lovely, amazing folk – THANK YOU.

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More of Me has WON the Edinburgh International Festival First Book Award and YOU made it happen.

There are not enough thank yous in the world but here are some:

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Here’s a bit of what I officially said:

I am stunned to have won this award – when I saw the calibre of the other authors I thought I didn’t have a hope. So often children’s fiction is seen as the poor cousin to adult books – yet in it, we tackle some of the hardest subjects in the most innovative of ways. I am so proud to hold the banner up for YA fiction.

You can read the rest here.

Or in The Book Seller !!

And if you want to read it for yourself, well, Amazon’s the easiest route but you can also use Hive or Waterstones or go to your High Street book store or library.

Oh and…

THANK YOU

 

 

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More of Me nominated for Carnegie Medal

By Kathryn Evans

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that I am a huge fan of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals. This is because the nominees and winners are chosen by librarians. Only librarians.  And I have haunted libraries all my life.

I’ve blogged about it in the past, this is my post from 2015. I even shadowed the shortlist last year – something I highly recommend – great books and you learn SO MUCH and get to hang out and chat about some of the best books in the country.

It all starts with a list of nominations. It’s usually a very long list and this year is no exception – it is a very long list. But there is one tiny difference this year.

I am on it.

It means so much  I feel like I’ve won already.  I will always be a Carnegie nominated author.

I think I might go and have another little cry.

Congratulations to all the nominees for both the Greenaway and the Carnegie. I am beyond honoured to be on the list with you.

 

 

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More of Me Goes Global!

By Kathryn Evans

There are things you don’t even think about when you’re longing for that first publisher to take an interest in your writing. One of those is foreign rights sales – and they come as such a lovely surprise when they happen. Continue reading “More of Me Goes Global!”