Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month!

I am absolutely thrilled The House with Chicken Legs is Waterstones Children's Book of the Month for May! It is a huge honour and a privilege, and I am so proud of everyone who worked on The House with Chicken Legs: my agent Gemma Cooper; my editors Rebecca Hill, Becky Walker and Mallory Kass; all the talented … Continue reading Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month!

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!

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!

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

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

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