Team Hot Key Archive

Day One in the Hot Key House… – Introducing Rosi

Heading to bed on Monday night after a weekend of lie-ins and Easter egg breakfasts, it was time to prepare myself for my first day in my BIG. NEW. JOB. Having already met most of the team I knew there wasn’t much to be nervous about as I would be very well looked after. The […]

“Nothing in life is built on concrete…”

This a quote from Sally Gardner, one that certainly put more than a lump in my throat when I told her the news, that, I will sadly be leaving Hot Key Books in the middle of April. It has been a very difficult decision I can tell you, but time has come to move on […]

Chocolate Box Mail-out

It’s time for another proof mail-out! Last time we sent out our proofs in pizza boxes and this time we picked another food theme! We worked all week to pack these chocolate boxes with delicious books and a custom made chocolate menu. The books were sent out to a selection of Indies and Waterstones up […]

Clod the Intern

Clod is an Iremonger. He lives in the Heaps, a vast sea of lost and discarded items collected from all over London. At the centre is Heap House, a puzzle of houses, castles, homes and mysteries reclaimed from the city and built into a living maze of staircases and scurrying rats. The Iremongers are a […]

Introducing Monique

Hi there! I’m the new Editorial/Marketing Intern at Hot Key Books. I have only very recently joined the Hot Key team – four days ago to be exact! But I think now is the appropriate time for me to introduce myself. Before securing an internship, I had just graduated from the University of Hull where […]

Introducing Sanne

Hello everyone! I have been working as the new digital coordinator at Hot Key for a few days now and I figured it was time to introduce myself. I grew up in Katwijk, a small town in the Netherlands, where I lived until I graduated university. I studied English Language and Culture at Leiden University, […]

I think I’ll miss you most of all…

If you had told me 5, 10, or 15 years ago that I would one day find professional happiness producing stop-motion videos and messing with ebook files for a children’s publisher in London, I would have laughed. Hard. In fact this reality still seems impossible to me. I feel like I’ve been in Oz, or […]

Happy Birthday HOT KEY BOOKS!

A year ago we published our first book, INSIGNIA by S.J. Kincaid.  It was the start of a list that came from an idea about publishing books that would appeal to readers between the ages of 9 and 19.  Independent readers who could choose their own books.  And the books would range from the literary […]

Editor’s Desk: Writing tips for your first novel

Whilst thinking about writing these tips I attended the Branford Boase Award (where our very own Sarah Odedina and Lydia Syson received a rarely awarded Highly Commended! The award is for the author and their editor). The Branford Boase is a much loved award and very appropriate for this particular blog, being for a first […]

The Best Job Application

I am so excited to be kicking off yet another new feature all about Publishing Career Advice on our revamped blog. I’ll be “Aunty Hot Key” and answer your questions about how to get a job in publishing. DOUBLE-POST This new feature launch will come in a two-post extravaganza (Gasp, two in one day!), because […]

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