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The US Cover of The House with Chicken Legs: concept sketches to final cover!

The US cover of The House with Chicken Legs has been revealed and it is a thing of wondrous beauty! I LOVE how the UK and US covers for The House with Chicken Legs are completely different, but both hugely original, amazing works of art. Scholastic, who are publishing The House with Chicken Legs in the… Continue reading The US Cover of The House with Chicken Legs: concept sketches to final cover!

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Reviews Round-Up; including Children’s Book of the Month in The Bookseller, and some Mischief Making news!

Since Advanced Review Copies were sent out in December, The House with Chicken Legs has received some really wonderful reviews. A few of my favourites include reviews from Book Lover Jo, The Reader Teacher, The Bookbag, and North Somerset CBG. Usborne gathered together pages of amazing quotes for inclusion in the final book: It has also been brilliant to hear feedback from… Continue reading Reviews Round-Up; including Children’s Book of the Month in The Bookseller, and some Mischief Making news!

News, Writing

The House with Chicken Legs: Proofs!

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!

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Advance Review Copies of The House with Chicken Legs!

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!

Folk and Fairy Tales, Mythology, Writing

Five Russian Fairytale Characters to Inspire Creative Writing

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

Writing

An Insight into Edits with my Agent and Publishers

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

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Timeline of a Novel from Submission to Publication

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

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Joining Usborne!

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!