This week two hugely exciting announcements were made ... On Monday the nominations were published for the 2019 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards, and I am over the moon THE HOUSE WITH CHICKEN LEGS has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal! The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards are the UK’s oldest and… Continue reading An exciting week: Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and shortlisted in the Blue Peter Book Awards!
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!
This Sunday marks the start of The House with Chicken Legs blog tour! I had such fun writing these posts; each one focuses on one of my favourite Russian fairy tales & what it means to me (plus a few bonus posts about other things). HUGE THANKS to all the amazing bloggers for hosting & to… Continue reading The House with Chicken Legs BLOG TOUR!
The German edition of The House with Chicken Legs, publishing with Dressler in August, will be titled Marinka, the Journey to the Between, and the absolutely stunning cover has recently been revealed! It is illustrated by the immensely talented Eva Schöffmann-Davidov, and I can't stop looking at its gorgeousness!
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