Posts Written By: hotkeycait

“Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.”

Hello, Cait again! You may remember me from such blogs as ‘Chatting, Doodling and Pineapple-Owls’, ‘Behind the Scenes with Dawn O’Porter & the 2014 GOOSE Tour’ and, a classic from way back in 2012 – ‘A Day in the Life of a Sales & Marketing Assistant’. It’s that last blog that I’m looking back on […]

Talking BOOKTUBE at YouTube HQ

Google are known for their quirky office design (and excellent fizzy drink selection), so Jen and I were pretty excited to head over to YouTube on Monday to attend an event hosted in partnership with The Bookseller. Not JUST because of the possibility of pepsi, though – it was because we’d be talking about all […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Supporting Characters

Hello! It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a Top Ten – and this week’s has led to a LOT of discussion here in the office. Sometimes it’s the supporting characters that really make the story, after all – so, here are our Top Ten supporting characters. We love you. Dido Twite from Black hearts in […]

What’s Inside SPAM? (Or, Marketing Advice)

It’s time for another Q&A! This time we asked the twitterverse for questions about that tricky beast: MARKETING. And what came back was a lot of variations on this question: @booksandquills @HotKeyBooks @CaitDavies What would you say the key skills are for going into marketing in publishing? — Sammy Mann (@SammyMannatee) June 18, 2014 We […]

From True Crime to Fiction

Today’s blog is written by Gregg Olsen, author of new YA thriller RUN. His background is in True Crime, and here he talks about how his research has informed his fiction… I’ve lived a life of crime. Not committing any, of course, but talking to those people who have. The list is daunting: A man […]


Today is not your average Thursday – because today is also the UK publication day of E. Lockhart’s WE WERE LIARS! *throws 99 red balloons* We’ve written before about how this book quite literally swept us away when it first came in on submission – there was dead silence in SPAM (quite possibly for the […]

Behind the Scenes with Dawn O’Porter & the 2014 GOOSE Tour

 BOOK TOUR! It’s one of the best parts of being in sales, marketing or PR. You’ll probably end up spending lots of time on trains and eating too many frazzles/ drinking too much coffee – but actually getting to meet the booksellers, librarians and fans who love the books you’re working on is what makes all the planning […]

From Jackanory to HARVEY DREW via Toxic Spew

Today’s blog comes from Cas Lester, the author of HARVEY DREW AND THE BIN MEN FROM OUTER SPACE! Flickering Spew!  The freedom of writing children books is gobsmacking. After years of making children’s programmes for CBBC, which I absolutely loved, I hasten to add, writing books is fabulously liberating. It’s not that children’s television drama […]

February Book Club Discussion: FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

For this month’s book club we read Rainbow Rowell’s FANGIRL, a coming-of-age story about fan fic and first love… Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she […]

My Enemy’s Eyes

Today’s post comes from Ellen Renner, who’s new novel TRIBUTE comes out next week. To celebrate its publication, Ellen has written a special short story to introduce to a world where magic is power, and the non-magical majority are oppressed and enslaved… Story ideas come from anywhere and everywhere. You glimpse them as you go about […]


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