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The Publishing Process, Writing Advice

What’s it like?….Phase Two of the Editing Process

Regular readers will gather, from the huge gap in posts, that Phase 2 of Editing More of Me has been somewhat more stressful than Phase 1. There are a number of reasons for this: Continue reading “What’s it like?….Phase Two of the Editing Process”

The Publishing Process, Writing Advice

Writer’s Tips: Building Ordinary Worlds

Some writers seem to have a knack for world building, Ellen Renner does it to perfection in Tribute, her world is textural , you can feel it, smell it, sense it. Philip Reeve and Sarah Macintyre are masters at it – in Oliver and the Seawigs and Cakes in Space they use words and pictures to create crazy worlds that are completely, somehow, incredibly, believable.

How? How do they do that? Continue reading “Writer’s Tips: Building Ordinary Worlds”

Writing Advice

Robin Stevens’s Advice to New Authors

This is just great – am reblogging so I don’t lose it!


A lot of people give advice about how to write a novel, and that’s great. But I’m more and more getting the feeling that all anyone can really tell an aspiring writer is ‘start writing and keep on writing until you’ve finished the story’).

It’s rarer to see advice about what to do once the book has an agent, and a book deal, but actually, I think that this sort of thing would be far more practically useful. I thought it would be simple (and slightly magical), but it turns out that there are lots of surprising pitfalls, and lots of people around you who think you know what you’re doing – whereas in reality you barely know which way is up. So here are some things that I think every new author ought to know.

  • That advance? It isn’t all yours. Not only does some of it go to…

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The Publishing Process, Writing Advice

What’s it like…Signing Contracts


IT’S GREAT!!!!!!

That’s pretty much it – except to say it takes a loooooong time. Or this one did. Lots of behind the scenes negotiation in which my agent, Sophie Hicks, more than earned her money. The skeleton deal was done four months ago, in November 2014.  My first lot of edits have already gone back. Still, this felt like a significant milestone on my publishing journey Continue reading “What’s it like…Signing Contracts”

Book Reviews, Writing Advice

This is the one, isn’t it? CILIP Carnegie & Greenaway Medal 2015

Tinder, Sally Gardner & David Roberts Greenaway and Carnegie Shortlist

I realise this makes me look overly ambitious but, come on, this is the one we all dream about, isn’t it? Continue reading “This is the one, isn’t it? CILIP Carnegie & Greenaway Medal 2015”

The Publishing Process, Word Counts, Writing Advice

More Word Counts by Kathryn Evans

Word Counts!

The post with the most hits on my website BY FAR  is ‘Word Counts’.  Clearly, we writers are a bit obsessed with counting them there words. . Funny that, how numbers occupy so much  of our brains. I think three deep concerns are the drivers for this:

  • Trying to ensure we’re a good fit for our genre
  • Not wanting to leave ANY excuse for rejection
  • Desperately wanting to know ‘Are we nearly there yet?’

Given that’s it’s such an interesting topic, I thought I’d dust off that old post and update it a bit…. Continue reading “More Word Counts by Kathryn Evans”

Poetry, Writing Advice

You’re A Poet, You Just Don’t Know It.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMichael Rosen posted a link on Twitter about how exams ruin poetry. I can attest to this. Both the men in my life claim to hate poetry and yet….one of them has a copy of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘IF’ on his office door and the other wrote a poem about how much he hated poetry – it had passion, conviction, direction and form. Oh yes, he understood the form. Form, is actually quite maths-ey don’t you know. He poured out his anger, he wrote a powerful poem. This person that hates poetry.

So why do they think they hate it so much? Continue reading “You’re A Poet, You Just Don’t Know It.”

Events, The Publishing Process, Writing Advice

What’s it Like….Planning School Visits

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Did someone say dressing up?

What a fool I am – I thought I was breaking ground, talking to school librarians about what they really want from a school visit. Of course I wasn’t! Still, researching this post has kept Bad Shouty brain mostly in check this week – and I’ve learned stuff! Continue reading “What’s it Like….Planning School Visits”

The Publishing Process, Writing Advice

What’s it like….Waiting to get your First Edits Back or How to Calm Your Bad Shouty Brain.

A life more ordinary.....
Me? Worried?

So, I hit my first deadline and sent in my edits with a bowlful of relief and an email full of questions. I loved the feeling that this was a collaboration in a way, a director and an actor working together – my performance but with the hand of my editor firmly on my shoulder. It felt great to send something off and not immediately start biting my nails, waiting for the inevitable rejection.

Ha. So much for that. Old habits die hard. Sarah was called away to a more urgent project, my edits would have to wait a little while.

‘BECAUSE IT’S RUBBISH,’ screamed my Bad Shouty Brain. Continue reading “What’s it like….Waiting to get your First Edits Back or How to Calm Your Bad Shouty Brain.”