There is something to be said for perseverance and a belief that if you have a good story to tell it will find a home eventually.
So it has been for my PRINCESS CLOWN – a short chapter book for 7-8 year olds.
This year Princess Clown won Second Prize in the CYA Writing Conference competition. And now, Blake Publishing want to publish it in their new set of Gigglers Blue children’s fiction in the new year. There are usually 8 books in the pack, although they can be bought as singles, and the pack comes with a Teachers’ Guide and audio CD/Tapes.
Gigglers are humorous stories that motivate even the most reluctant reader. Gigglers have full colour illustrations which bring these funny stories to life. Gigglers situations can be realistic or fantasy, although stories should still maintain some links to familiar situations.
Blake are an educational publisher rather than a trade publisher (my other junior fiction was with a trade publisher, Lothian books).
The best thing about the Gigglers series is they are popular in schools – the kids can’t get enough of them.
So I feel very honoured to be part of the new set of Gigglers and thrilled that Australian (and maybe from overseas as well) children will soon be giggling at the antics of Belle, a princess who’d much rather make people laugh.
14 thoughts on “Onwards and upwards ‘Princess Clown’”
Thanks, Bookchook! 🙂 I’m pretty impressed with the lengths Blake Publishing go to to entice the kids into reading their first chapter books. Well laid-out publications, easy to handle, lots of gorgeous illustrations, catchy titles, great stories (haha) etc etc.
I was hoping my book would end up in local libraries – guess it depends on what librarians choose, or whether they read reviews etc. Blake send out review copies – hope they do it for Princess Clown too!!
I’ll have to have a booklaunch so if you’re in Brisbane, you’re welcome to come.
I found one Giggler in my local library. I must say i love the idea of books for kids who are developing as readers. Yours sounds such fun too!
I’ll let you know when it comes out, Seachanges – probably available through the internet, seeing as it’s an Australian publisher. Your grand-daughter will love the story, I’m sure and at 5-6 it would be a perfect one to read to her. It’s written for 7 year olds.
Congratulations from me too – I will try and get hold of a copy for my granddaughter. Perhaps she’s a bit young (?), not quite five, but I’m sure she’ll grow into it. And it sounds like just the ticket for her: she loves to giggle and is into books, especially books about princesses…. I’d really like to know when it becomes available.
Congratulations, Sheryl!! That’s great news. All the best for Christmas – I look fwd to your posts in the new year. Thanks, also, for all the work you did on our behalf with the PIR campaign. It just goes to show what a few committed individuals can achieve.
Thanks, Kathleen, it is.
Happy Christmas to you and I’ll see you in the new year! 🙂
That’s great news Sheryl! Congratulations and what a great Christmas present 🙂
Thank you, Katherine and Dee. I’m pleased Belle will soon be following her passion! 🙂
I’m so proud of you and Belle! What a way to finish the year. I think it’s a good sign that 2010 is going to be a good one…
Congratulations, Sheryl – as you say, ‘Onwards and Upwards’. I’m sure this is just the start of great things to come.
Thanks, Angela. 🙂
The Sparklers’ series are also good to submit to. The submission requirements are on their website as well.
Sheryl, I am very excited about this. Congratulations to you and to Princess Belle. 🙂
Thanks, Donna – I’ll let you know when they’re available.
Congratulations Sheryl, I look forward to reading your story!