Monthly Archive:: January 2013

Storytelling in the graphic form, or why writing comics is the bomb

Today’s blog is a special guest post from Adam Christopher, a novelist and Sir Julius Vogel Award-winning editor. Adam is the author of EMPIRE STATE, SEVEN WONDERS and THE AGE ATOMIC. When not writing Adam can be found drinking tea and obsessing over comics and The Cure. You can follow him on Twitter here. We asked […]

Alison Rattle’s ‘Next Big Thing!’

Alison Rattle, author of THE QUIETNESS, was ‘tagged’ in an author blog hop called ‘The Next Big Thing.’ She explains the blog project and her latest work below. I’ve been invited (tagged!) by novelist Maria McCann (historical writer extraordinaire of As Meat Loves Salt and The Wilding) to take part in the ever expanding blog […]

The bogey man in the cupboard at the Costa Book Awards

Our blog today comes from our Managing Director Sarah Odedina. Sarah attended the Costa Awards ceremony with our author Sally Gardner, whose book Maggot Moon won the Costa Children’s Award. Last night was the Costa Book Awards party and Hilary Mantel triumphed, winning the overall prize as well as the novel award, with Sally Gardner […]

Books don’t have an accent

We are so excited to introduce you to Nicole Hein, who comes to us from our sister company Carlsen Verlag in Germany. She is spending a month at Hot Key Books through our inter-company exchange program. Normally, she spends her days juggling projects and making lists at German children’s and YA publisher Carlsen. She can’t […]

Urban Legends

This week is National Storytelling Week, and so I thought it would be a bit of fun to do a blog on my favourite urban legends. They’re a bit weird, but the best urban legends always are! 1) Dick Whittington and his Cat Not just a pantomime starring failed TV stars! Richard Whittington was a […]

Help Seven Stories!

We were so disappointed to hear that Newcastle Council is considering cutting 100% of its funding to many of the cultural institutions that put that city on the map. Seven Stories, the amazing children’s book museum, would lose 100% of its government funding by 2016 under the current proposals. The only times I have ever […]

World, meet Jorge Amado

Sarah Odedina was inspired to write this blog about one of her literary heroes, Jorge Amado. On her most recent trip to Brazil, she visited the Jorge Amado Foundation House, which preserves his archives. If we read to be introduced to the ‘other’, as well as to reflect our own stories, Jorge Amado is for […]

Beautiful by Design

So yesterday, we discussed all the different parts of a book and how to make those parts look pretty with fancy finishes. But how do the pictures and illustrations make it onto those covers in the first place? How do you translate a story into a single image, and make it intriguing enough for someone […]

The Anatomy of a Book

As a relative newbie to the publishing industry, I’m constantly picking up the industry jargon. It’s a part of every industry, and publishing has some crackers. Reading through contracts is an excellent place to start learning the lingo. You can learn about “3/5ths prevailing royalties on deep discounts” and “volume form editions.” On the sales […]

A madcap writing experiment

Today, Hot Key is embarking on an ambitious experiment in online writing. Fleur Hitchcock is the author of the Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week (and Brandford Boase long-listed) title SHRUNK! Just like us, she is eager to bring young readers into the writing and publishing experience. And not in any superficial way — […]


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