Posts Written By: naomihotkey

Introducing . . . NIGHTFALL!

Hello! I’m Naomi, and I’m thrilled to say that I’m the UK editor for the rather brilliant NIGHTFALL. This was one of those books that the moment I started reading it, I knew Hot Key had to be the UK home for it. We made our offer a few months ago, and as soon as the deal was […]

Top Ten Tuesday: The Animal Stories That Ruined My Life

“You’re ruining that dog. You think he’s a human – he’s completely out of control,” says my boyfriend Ben, on many an evening. “No I don’t! Don’t be ridiculous,” I will reply, gently pulling Wilbur’s night-time hoodie over his head whilst simultaneously checking that the kettle is on for his miniature hot-water bottle. He gets cold, […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Happy Halloween!

This week we’re talking our top ten scary books to read at Halloween – what’s yours?   Any Goosebumps book! They used to scare the bejeezus out of me at school. And yet I’d still go back for more – glutton for punishment, clearly —Cait I was gonna say Goosebumps! My brother and I had […]

May Book Club Discussion: THE ROSIE PROJECT

This month we picked THE ROSIE PROJECT as our May book for the Hot Key Book Club. To find out what we thought, watch the video below (featuring Naomi, Rosi and Sarah Odedina). THE ROSIE PROJECT is a charming fiction debut from author Graeme Simison, who previously wrote books about data modelling! Geekery still abounds […]

Slushpile Success

If you keep an eye on our Twitter account, you might have read that we acquired a book called SHIVER THE WHOLE NIGHT THROUGH recently. This acquisition was special for two reasons: 1) It was my first acquisition for Hot Key and 2) we found SHIVER and its marvellously talented author Darragh McManus amongst our […]

Hot Key Book Club Pick: The Rosie Project

We already teased you a little bit on Twitter yesterday: Does anyone want to guess what the May Book Club book will be? — HotKeyBooks (@HotKeyBooks) May 1, 2014 (And no-one guessed it!) But now we can finally reveal what our May title for the Hot Key Book Club will be. I chose THE ROSIE […]

The Beginning of The Isobel Journal

THE ISOBEL JOURNAL by Isobel Harrop (@IsobelJournal) is a visual diary with sketches and thoughts from ‘a Northen Girl from Where Nothing Really Happens’. Where did the idea for this book come from and what did the in between stage look like? Assistant Editor Naomi worked on early ideas for THE ISOBEL JOURNAL and in […]

Write Ideas – An Evening at Platform Islington

Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of hosting a talk on working in Editorial as part of Platform Islington‘s ‘Write Ideas’, an author-led storymaking project for young people. I wasn’t sure how many people would be there as attendance is designed to be casual, so Sanne, Monique and I were very pleasantly surprised to find a […]

Young Writers Prize: Our Top Ten Writing Tips

Hello one and all! It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for a top ten countdown. This week – our top ten writing tips to have come out of this year’s Young Writers Prize. We had a ton of entries, and the quality of this year’s writing was even stronger than last year. However, there […]

Fanfare Please! Announcing the Winner(s) of the Hot Key Unlocked Christmas Novella Competition

Hello! It’s the news you’ve all been anxiously waiting for – the announcement of the winner of the Hot Key Unlocked Christmas eBook Novella Writing Competition! (phew!) We had so many fantastic entries for the Last Christmas story, and from a huge range of writers: we had first-timers as well as seasoned journalists, and you […]


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