Monthly Archive:: May 2012

Key Notes 4 is here!

It’s newsletter time – hot off the (hottest) press, Key Notes 4! Catch up with Key Events, read about Alex Shearer’s The Cloud Hunters and find your perfect bookshop ghost… Enjoy!

Hot Key Books on TV! (In Singapore!)

A very proud moment here yesterday! Sarah Odedina is currently flying the flag for Hot Key Books at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content in Singapore – and yesterday she was interviewed for am Live! for Channel NewsAsia. And of course we have the video footage to share with you all. Next stop, BBC News, […]

Women in Digital Publishing Panel

Last month, I posted a blog about what it’s like setting up the digital strategy at a new publisher and it got a lovely response, especially the mention of being female in the digital world. While that conversation was happening, we were remembering this video about the future of publishing that ustwo did… where everyone (bar […]

The Dream Author? A marketing dept muses…

Sara O’Connor asked me to answer a question that authors ask her all the time – what is the dream package in terms of an aspiring author and how does that influence a marketing team’s opinion during acquisition? It’s a bit of a million-dollar-question, but I’m going to do my best to try to answer […]

Time to be Ten Again!

I’m coming to the end of my fabulous learning experience at Hot Key, but I will admit that there is one aspect of children’s publishing that troubles me. For many years, age grouping children’s fiction has made me feel uncomfortable, but the issue has puzzled me, more so, in the past two weeks.  On my […]

So you want to be a publisher?

Last night I was lucky enough to see three of the hottest names in children’s publishing come together to talk about their experiences of staring up a new company. The Children’s Book Circle event, So you want to be a publisher? was very well attended – obviously the lure of the sunshine was not strong enough […]

Seven Stories (they have Ed Vere on the telly in their foyer…)

This time last week I was in sunny Newcastle visiting the wonder that is Seven Stories.  For those of you who don’t know who Seven Stories are, here’s a bit from their website: We celebrate the art of children’s books, their place in our childhood and in our culture. Seven Stories opened on the 19th […]

Tips from the top: Sarah Odedina’s top 3 writing tips

We are now close to the final entry week for our Young Writers Prize and have received many exciting submissions.  As an editor I am constantly impressed by the fortitude and dedication that is needed to actually write a book – never more so when submitting for competitions where there is no definite reward.  Writing […]

Guest post: Why I Love Speculative Fiction by Nina @Death, Books and Tea

As you know – our blog is always open to guest posters, and today we have our third guest blog. Welcome to Nina from the blog Death Books and Tea – who steps up to give us her view on why she loves being taken away to the world of Speculative Fiction… (Picture from Deviant […]

Lydia Syson in Conversation with Michael Rosen: Writing the Spanish Civil War for Children

As part of this year’s Arts Week at Birkbeck, we were lucky enough to see the wonderful Lydia Syson, Jessamy Harvey and Michael Rosen speak on writing about the Spanish Civil War for children. Hearing Lydia and Michael read from A World Between Us (it’s out in October, grab a copy as it’s SO GOOD!) […]


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