A few weeks ago, I had my first Zoom meeting with my Golden Egg Academy editor. It went really well. By the end of our hour-long chat, we had agreed that I would work on several things: Reorder the first chapter so things happen in chronological order. (At the moment I jump about a bit… Continue reading A temporary spanner in the works
What has simplifying my life got to do with writing my children’s novel? EVERYTHING! Up until recently, here’s how I was spending my days: Part time job as an assistant to a disabled teacher Teaching TRE classes (Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises)Selling cards, mugs and prints in a local shopSelling T-shirts from my online shopWriting… Continue reading Simplifying my life in order to write
Exciting news: I have been offered a place on the Golden Egg Academy's fantastic 'Writing for Children and Young Adults' course! This means I am officially a mini Egg (you are only a full Egg once you’ve graduated) 😊 For the next 12 months I will be crafting my children’s novel under the watchful eye… Continue reading Writing News: I am a mini Egg!
In my last post I said I was waiting to hear back from a literary agent about my fifth picture book. Well, I can now reveal... that they sent me a standard rejection letter three weeks ago! [Loud raspberry noise.] Whenever I receive a rejection letter (I've had a few), my heart normally sinks for a… Continue reading The rejection letter that made me happy
I have just finished reading The Earth is Singing. ?*@X&!!*£*&^#”??!!! [this is the sound of my brain imploding]. Seriously, it’s so good, I had an out of body experience and found myself walking to the computer and writing my first ever review on Amazon. You know how some books eek their way into your cells… Continue reading Interview with award-winning children’s author, Vanessa Curtis
You know I said I thought magical things could happen here? Well, they’ve started happening. Magical Thing 1: The sea air must be good for me. I have now written over 18,000 words of my book. When I pass the 20,000 mark I will have a celebratory glass of something extremely alcoholic and then pass… Continue reading Magical things
Dream 1 = moving to the coast. And there’s now ONE WEEK to go to Moving Day! I can’t believe it’s actually happening. But it must be because I am frantically packing and throwing stuff out (did I mention the new place is half the size of where I am now?). Yesterday I signed and read… Continue reading One week to go to the fulfilment of Dream 1…
Reading a book is easy. Writing one is slightly harder. (Guess which I excel at?!) So when I met Christine Hurst on the 30 Day Challenge earlier this year and discovered that she was a children’s author, she was instantly catapulted to god-like status in my eyes. Thankfully, her journey to being published has been… Continue reading How to be a children’s author