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What Amy Did Next!

June 29th, 2015

Amy-SparkesIt’s a funny game, teaching, especially teaching creative stuff like writing. Everyone can tell a story of one kind or another. But how do you take someone from eager amateur to money-making professional? Sure, there’s technique – everyone has to learn the tools of the trade. And then there’s business – whatever your art, you have to know its terrain, the people involved and how best to approach them. But then, there’s all the rest – the creative spark, tenacity, the ability to play like a child, and the will to stay up all night to meet your deadline (if that’s what it takes.) How on Earth do you teach that? Read the rest of this entry »




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The London Book Fair

April 24th, 2015

PuzzlebookblogLast week the London Book Fair was held at Olympia from Tuesday 14th to Thursday 16th April. I made several contacts at the LBF last year (the first time I’d ever attended), resulting in me getting contracts for five picture books. This year I attended on the Tuesday and one of my first meetings was with Ms Mudit Mohini, the director of Vishv Publishing, who have just published my picture book ‘Where’s the Puzzle’. Here she is giving me my author gratis copies. I had meetings with several other publishers too and found it a very useful day.

Even if you are a new writer, with no publishing contacts, I’d recommend that you attend next year, if only for a day. It’s a really interesting place for authors, writers or anyone interested in publishing or books. There’s so much to see and learn. Most of the major publishing companies have a stall there, so you can see their latest books and pick up a catalogue to browse through. Remember to take a notebook and pencil with you, to wear shoes you’re comfortable walking in and take a bottle of water. Refreshments are available if you want them, but the queues can be long. Read the rest of this entry »




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