Three Cracking Historical YA Novels

I’ve never read so much historical YA in one hit and there’s more to come!  Here are three of my favorites so far I’m almost finished reading Lucy Coats Cleo too, another cracker- my brain is learning so much stuff it may burst!

What’s it like: working with an editor for the first time?

I remember the many questions I had, but didn’t like to ask, when friends got their first deals. I thought I might start a series of posts about the process of getting a debut novel from acceptance to the book shelf. Feel free to ask questions and I’ll do my best to answer.

Merry Christmas, Give Yourself Some Writing Time.

I’ve neglected this blog so much over the past year  I don’t deserve any readers at all.  Thank you for sticking with me. It’s not just the blog. I’ve not been writing much at all. Not really. I’ve written my  silly poems for The Funeverse and tried to keep up with critique  in my SCBWI Ya Critique…

The Upside of Being An Unpublished Writer

1. Comradeship with other UW’s 2. No deadlines except the ones you set yourself. 3. Ability to write whatever you like. 4. Intact golden dream of life after publication. 5. Urm…. Please add more, I need cheering up…          

Dougal Trump ( err…Daley!) V God Of Small Things…

I wanted to love A God of Small Things. It sounds clever, it looks clever, it had great reviews – everyone I spoke to had loved it. I was going to love it. I was going to be swept into another world, my heart was going to rip in two with the terrible events in…

Stephen King, Back to Haunt Me.

I love the satisfying structure of circular stories. Wuthering Heights was my favourite book for years.  Catherine and Hareton coming together at the end turns the book into one of hope. Out of all that ugliness, all that sorrow, come  two people capable of kindness, strength, love. J K Rowling does a similar thing in…

Ten Essential Picture Book Elements

By Kathryn Evans Sorry for the delay SCBWI friends – here, at last, are my notes from the Winchester Conference Picture Book  Intensive. The aim was to explore the essential elements that make  a breakout picture book with Sarah Frost, Commissioning Editor for picture books at Hodder, and Author/Illustrator Melanie Williamson. The morning session covered the ESSENTIAL  basics:…