Today, a parcel arrived from Usborne that looked and smelled DIVINE! Publicist Fritha Lindqvist and team Usborne created these gorgeous proof packages to go out to a few special people in the publishing world. Inside a golden delivery box was a beautifully wrapped advance copy of The House with Chicken Legs, with a hand-lettered gold… Continue reading The House with Chicken Legs: Proofs!
Yesterday a HUGELY exciting parcel arrived from Usborne! Nestled inside were Advance Review Copies (ARCs) of The House with Chicken Legs that look, smell and feel truly MAGICAL. The ARC cover is a simplified version of the final cover that will be revealed at a later date, designed by Katharine Millichope and illustrated by the incredibly… Continue reading Advance Review Copies of The House with Chicken Legs!
In The House with Chicken Legs I reimagined Baba Yaga – the bony-legged, iron-toothed, long-nosed old hag from Russian fairytales who lives in a house with chicken legs deep in the forest. Slavic (Eastern European) fairytales contain hundreds of rich characters perfect for inspiring new stories. In this list I’ve picked five characters I think… Continue reading Five Russian Fairytale Characters to Inspire Creative Writing
In my last blog post I talked about the journey of my debut novel, The House with Chicken Legs, from submitting to an agent last year to publishing with Usborne (UK) and Scholastic (US) next year. In this post I’ll talk in a little more detail about the different edits the novel has gone through… Continue reading An Insight into Edits with my Agent and Publishers
I get asked fairly frequently about the timescales involved in publishing a book. I am sure they can vary a great deal, but in the case of The House with Chicken Legs, my debut novel publishing with Usborne next year, it will be nearly two years between me first clicking send on a submission e-mail to agents,… Continue reading Timeline of a Novel from Submission to Publication
Baba Yaga is a character from Slavic folklore: a bony-legged, iron-toothed, long-nosed old hag who lives in a house with chicken legs deep in the forest.
Today The Bookseller announced this! I am over the moon my MG novel THE HOUSE WITH CHICKEN LEGS will be published by Usborne in April 2018 (and an American, German, & Italian publisher too!) Inspired by the Russian folklore character Baba Yaga, the story is about a girl on a journey to find her own… Continue reading Joining Usborne!