Book launches are the best fun! After months, and sometimes years of writing, re-writing, editing and refining your story, there it is with its beautiful cover on the bookshop shelf. That's when around 60 of your friends and family gather to help you celebrate too! … Continue reading A red-hot chilli evening!
Someone said an intriguing thing the other day and it set me thinking. 'Why don't you write for adults, Sheryl?' 'I prefer to write for kids.' 'Oh, well, I guess writing for children is much easier.' Okay, so how would you respond in that situation … Continue reading writing for children -v- writing for adults
My newest story, Princess Clown is on its way. This chapter book for 7-8 year olds, will be used in classrooms as part of Blake Publishing's fiction series called Gigglers Blue. They're called chapter books because to young readers taking their first steps into the … Continue reading ‘Princess Clown’ is on her way
Gone are the days when a writer could sit up in a proverbial garret and stare out across the rooftops, alone and isolated, glumly waiting for the muse to visit. Not that the garret situation was ever the case for most writers - but you … Continue reading Do writers need to network? Do crackers need cheese?
Writers who succeed are those who persevere through first drafts that feels like pushing jelly uphill; refuse to take second-best for the multiple re-writes; do the spit and polish at the end; then cope with rejection letters, and re-write and edit again. I'm polishing off … Continue reading Perseverance is the WORD