Many Prime Writers write their own blogs and we will be featuring these here from time to time.
We are starting with Sarah Jasmon’s fantastic blog.
Sarah is the author of the powerful and atmospheric THE SUMMER OF SECRETS
Visit Sarah’s blog and say hello – and she lives on a boat!
Prime Writer Claire Fuller, author of the enthralling OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS, is conducting a series of insightful interviews with publishing industry experts. Worth reading for an excellent introduction to the world of publishing.
Here Claire talks to a Literary Agent about what the job entails:
Publishing Interviews: The Literary Agent
Prime Writer Christina Banach, who wrote the powerful crossover YA novel MINTY, does a lot of work with young readers.
On October 28 Christina is participating in the authors’ team in the Northeast Scotland heat of Kids’ Lit Quiz. This annual event is a literature quiz for students aged 10 to 13 years, whereby teams of four students are asked to answer 100 questions on children’s literature.
Several schools field teams for each heat, and answer questions that are divided into ten categories, which vary each year. Kids’ Lit quizzes are held in many countries across the world, including the United Kingdom. The winning team from each heat competes in a National Final, and the national champions then compete in the World Final.
Christina was part of the Northeast Scotland Lids’ Lit Quiz 2015 author team, and is delighted to have been asked to take part again this year. However, she’d better brush up on her literature knowledge before she goes: with categories such as poetry, authors, titles, settings, characters, and nursery rhymes amongst the questions, this is not a quiz for the faint-hearted!
Click here for more information on the Kids’ Lit Quiz.
Christina Banach author of MINTY
Most novels contain families; and most of their families have at least a little bit of dysfunction going on.
Prime Writer Beth Miller has just had her book on Shakespeare published and he was no stranger to family conflicts! She is also the author of two dysfunctional family novels – not a bookshelf classification, but it should be. These are When We Were sisters and The Good Neighbour. Here she talks here about how she goes about creating those families.
Read article here: Writing Dysfunctional Families
Beth Miller (Credit: Katie Vandyck)
We are delighted to reveal the stunning cover of Prime Writer Rebecca Mascull’s new novel THE WILD AIR which will be published on 6 April 2017.
Yet again Rebecca has brought to life a fascinating and feisty heroine. Della Dobbs has a burning ambition to fly. She battles against Edwardian society to realise her dream, until the Great War comes and threatens everything – and everyone – she loves. Not to be missed.
Rebecca Mascull (Credit: Lisa Warrener)
Rebecca is author of The Visitors and Song of the Sea Maid.
Continuing our series on Festivals, the good, the bad and the ugly, Prime Writer and children’s author Sarah Todd Taylor, who wrote the wonderful ARTHUR AND ME , shares a funny story.
One year at my favourite festival I offered, at the last minute, to do a writing workshop for children on the theme of ‘how do we build a hero’? I’d planned it for 7-9 year olds, but had to think on my feet when my audience turned out to comprise mainly under fives.
Out went all attempts to get them to do any writing. In came dividing them into two and getting one half to make chicken noises and the other half to impersonate tree frogs as I made up stories on the spot, complete with actions. For half an hour I sat under the trees in the warm summer sun and told stories. I think it rates as one of the most fun but terrifying half hours of my life, and I learned a lot :
a) be prepared – you might not get the audience you’re expecting
b) find a way for the children to join in. If you’re not going to be able to get them writing, get them acting out the story, or making noises (preferably both)
c) keep it short – after 20 minutes I suspected they were starting to eye the ball pit, so I started to wind things up
d) keep smiling.
ARTHUR AND ME
Sarah Todd Taylor – keep smiling
Second in the Prime Writers’ series about literary festivals is Kerry Drewery’s experience of setting up her own:
I haven’t been fortunate enough to have been invited to many literary festivals, but I do, along with fellow YA author Emma Pass, organise one. We set up the UK Young Adult and Children’s Extravaganza in a response to the majority of events being in London and many people, especially young people, being unable to get to them.
Prime Writer Claire Fuller has started a fascinating new series of publishing interviews. The first one is an agency reader…the person who reads all the unsolicited manuscripts. You can find out exactly what her job entails over at Claire’s blog – find out what it’s like to be paid to read for a living!