Monthly Archive:: September 2012

[Guest blog] An author’s view: Sally Gardner on Maggot Moon Digital

Personally I don’t think it matters how you read or what you read with, as long as you read. The book will always be there, I don’t believe it will disappear or be frightened away by technology. No, it is far too magical for that. I think the interactive book has arrived as a loving […]

How We Made Our iBook

The Maggot Moon Multi-touch iBook was a complete labour of love for everyone involved – we learnt so much throughout the process of collating content and building this iBook, so we wanted to share it with you. Sara O’Connor and Sarah Benton take you through the process they went through to bring Maggot Moon from […]

How Audio Books Happen

(I almost called this post, “Do You Hear What I Hear?” because I watched the second half of Love, Actually last night and feel all Christmassy.) Anyway… those of you who have been with us for a while (hello, Linda!) might remember this post from Georgia.  Well, at last, the inspiration behind it has completed […]

Allaying my fears about digital publishing

Anna Cunnane has just begun the MA in Publishing Studies program at University College London. In her spare time she enjoys reading, the theatre and keeping up with the publishing industry on her blog. She can be found on twitter as @MollyBloom1989.  Digital has recently become a buzzword in the publishing world, but for somebody […]

Fiction publishers should make books, not apps

So, I know, that’s kind of a controversial headline, but for us it is the result of about five months of planning, networking, debating and creating – and then changing our minds. Sarah Odedina always planned for Hot Key to be digitally savvy. (Lucky me, it means I got to get a job here!) And […]

Lessons from India

A few weeks ago, Sarah Odedina went to the Penguin India conference in Delhi. This post is a collection of her observations and experiences from that trip. A visit to India is a fantastically ‘awakening’ experience for anyone working in publishing. It is a country with a vibrant, even booming, publishing scene which shares many […]

The Times They Are A Changin’

As you might already know, yesterday our very own Sarah Odedina was featured in The Telegraph commenting on the Publishers Association’s news that sales of children’s e-books were nearly triple what they were this time last year. Sarah (and the rest of us) think this is “marvellous” and (as we’ve said before) it’s not HOW children […]

Just Imagine…

Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to fly off to Stockholm for the Bonnier conference GRID. Now, don’t switch off – this is nothing like the cold coffee and uncomfortable chairs that you’re probably picturing; GRID was quite the opposite… Flying into Stockholm (what a beautiful city), the five of us representing Bonnier Publishing […]

The Hot Key Tablecloth Rides Again

It’s amazing what you can do with a bit of velcro and some chain stitch.  For example, here we have the Bonnier stand at last weekend’s Gardners Trade Show: So why did I spend Sunday morning sticking MAGGOT MOON posters up with velcro in Coventry?  Gardners are a wholesaler who sponsor, as part of the […]

#CWIGConf2012 – Writers’ Websites

This Saturday I was lucky enough to be a guest at the Children’s Writers and Illustrators ‘Joined up Reading’ conference organised by the Society of Authors – on a panel discussing writers websites. I was joined by stellar names – Booktrust’s web editor Katherine Woodfine, The Guardian’s Julia Eccleshare and writer and History Girls’ blogger, […]


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