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What if it’s a rejection?

At what point do you give up on a writing project and accept that whatever you might think of it yourself, if it keeps being rejected by publishers then perhaps it just isn’t good enough? It’s a question I’ve had to ask myself a few times, because regardless of the...

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Breaking into overseas markets

It was interesting talking a few days ago with a young Portuguese woman – in Portugal – about children’s books across the world and how different the book-buying markets are in different countries. I don’t think any of my books have been published in Portugal, though several have been translated...

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Goats, a troll and keeping it fresh

I’ve just completed my take on the story of the three billy goats gruff and their attempts to thwart a nasty troll and cross a bridge to fresher pastures. Called ‘It’s the Troll!’, it’s a follow-up to ‘Help!’, which was in turn a follow-up to ‘Keep Out!’ and my all-time...

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Spilled Water – a film?

However much I try to keep calm and think of other things, I can’t help but feel a wee bit excited from time to time about the fact there is film interest in my children’s novel, Spilled Water. Nothing may come of it, I’m only too well aware, but it’s...

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On working with Peter Utton – part 2

I had more fun putting together my new book, HELP!, than any other book I’ve ever written. I say ‘putting together’, because it was more like working on a jigsaw puzzle than writing; there were so many different Parajumpers women elements to think about. And it was a further opportunity...

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On working with Peter Utton

Publishers are often very good at keeping authors and illustrators apart – something to do with preventing the author from unduly influencing and possibly inhibiting the illustrator.  From what I remember, Peter Utton and I didn’t meet during the creation of our extremely successful book, SHHH! (published in 1991).  I...

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On the creation of a picture book

I have occasionally been asked by would-be children’s authors if they have to find their own artist for a story they have written that requires illustration, and whether it’s necessary to submit illustrations alongside their story.  The answer is no. who is .  In general, the author of a picture...

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How Keep Out! came about

KEEP OUT!, published in 2013, was a follow-up to SHHH!, published in 1991.  Of course, KEEP OUT! didn’t take 22 years to write – it’s only about 250 words long! – but frankly I didn’t have in mind to do a follow-up.  SHHH! was a one-off idea.  It won the...

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More Than Words

From an article I wrote for Your Cotswold Family magazine... '

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