Read a book recently? Do you, like me, LOVE books and stories?
If so, and you haven’t had the time to do this yet, go and rate the books you’ve enjoyed. It only takes a few seconds to do and, whether you realise it or not, it makes a difference.
These days, consumer-led assessment of quality affects everything – Tripadvisor is a brilliant example of this – and the publishing business is no different. Your rating of a book affects the purchasing choices of the people who come to a product after you. They’re much more likely to risk their hard-earned wages on something that other people have liked and rated before them.
Why is this important? Because it could mean the difference between an author staying an author or going back to her day job. This is as true for me as anyone else.
So, please, if you’ve got a spare moment, leave a rating of your favourite books and keep the people who write them in a job!
And, if you have several spare moments, go a step further and add a review to your rating. It all adds up to something.
The Hairy Faerie is on track for publication in September!
*does faerie dance* Continue reading
Fourteen years ago I sold a short story. It was called Getaway Car and was the first piece of fiction I’d ever completed. I was thirty two years old. Continue reading
It’s already a year and half since my daughter and I wrote The Hairy Faerie.
Since then I’ve read it for Year 1 & 2 children to rapturous appreciation. It turns out that children are the best audiences I’ve ever had!
This year, I was invited to do a story-writing workshop for World Book Day. I enjoyed working with Year 2 children so much that I’m now taking my workshops into other schools. I wanted to take The Hairy Faerie with me, not as a manuscript but as a real book.
After the usual slew of rejections, I decided, after fifteen years of avoiding it, that this was the tine to self-publish.
With the help of my agent, Meg Davis at Ki, we’ve now arrived at the moment when we’re poised to hit ‘print’.
The final cover art arrived at 5 a.m. this morning from the extraordinarily talented John Allen of Induna Art & Design Inc.
Fancy a butcher’s?
It may come as a surprise to some that the gentleman you think of as a twisted horror sickling also writes children’s fiction of an altogether fluffier nature.
It may surprise others even more to hear that my first ever submissions to editors were of illustrated nonsense verse – that was 17 years ago. My illustrator and I were rejected by every children’s publisher in the UK.
That was something I got used to as the years passed!
So, my news today is not that I have a new Horror or Dark Fantasy novel coming soon but that my six year old daughter and I are about to launch our first collaborative work – a little book called The Hairy Faerie.
Here’s the back cover blurb:
Mary Moffett is a lovely faerie in every respect – and she bakes a mean mushroom and nettle crumble.
But one day something happens, something horrible. Something…hairy! Can Mary find out where the hair came from, how it got there and why? More importantly, will she be able to get rid of it?
Join Mary Moffett and her best friend Deetle McBeetle as they search for answers and overcome dastardly magic in The Hairy Faerie.
The book is for 5-8 year olds and is the first in a series of tales recounting the surprising adventures Mary Moffett. There are strange beasts, nasty witches and a lot of laughs. Oh, and there’s quite a bit of baking, if that’s your bag.
We hope to publish the second tale, Invasion of the Pastry Snatchers later this year but the next thing I post here will be the cover – hopefully tomorrow!
See you then…