Top Tips for New Writers

By Kathryn Evans School visits are always over too quickly – here’s a little motivational video for the fab writers I meet when I’m out and about ūüôā Top Tips for Writers.   Feel free to ask questions!

Edinburgh International Book Festival

I am SO EXCITED!!! I still have ¬†a week until I head up to Edinburgh for the festival but I can’t sit still. I’ve already had my hair done and my petticoats are packed.¬†

How Can Readers and Writers help the Grenfell Tower Survivors?

A terrible fire happened in London recently, you’ve probably heard about it. If you haven’t, check the BBC coverage,¬† And if you’ve alighted here looking for help, you can see here what the government are doing. If, however, you’re looking for a way to support the survivors, you can get behind #authorsforgrenfell¬† Many writers, editors…

Editing- Five Steps to add texture and depth to your novel.

Some of you may know I am part of the Notes From The Slushpile blogging team – once ¬†upon a time, all of us were in the slush and we blog to share what we’ve learned along the way. Here’s my post about editing…it’s also a bit of a gif fest – thank Giphy!

The SCBWI Crystal Kite Award 2017

By Kathryn Evans Sometimes, when you start on a journey, there are certain dreams that seem ridiculously ¬†beyond your reach but you dream them anyway because they just ¬†keep you going.¬†¬†And¬†sometimes, ridiculously, no matter how far beyond your reach they seem, ¬†those dreams can come true.   The Society of Children’s Book writers and Illustrators…

20 Author Rejections

From SCBWI British Isles Members. It’s the 20th anniversary of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. It’s the only largest organisation for published AND unpublished writers in the world and I’ve been part of it for years. Holding hands with¬†fellow writers as we climb through the snowdrift of rejection letters to publication has…

Skype visit with author Kathryn Evans

I am delighted to be able to take part in Authors For Refugees, an online auction to raise ¬†much needed, urgent funds for the refugee camps in Europe. Please take a look at all the auction offers, there are some amazing things – a trip around Jackie Morris Art studio for one! I am offering…

Second Book Syndrome

Well Meaning Pal ( WMP) “Hey Kathy, how’s the new book coming along?” Me: Look at this thing I did on Instagram. WMP: So the new book..? Me: Yeah, sorry, I’ve got fencing training, and I don’t want to be late…   WMP: I¬†heard it was much easier to¬†get a second book published. Me: WHY…

Fantasy versus Reality. Books, Brexit and Being Best.

It’s¬†a hard thing to explain that while¬†striving to be your very¬† best, being¬†average in the bigger picture is actually just fine. We can’t all be the best of the best. We can’t. Being our own best self is what’s important. Here’s a Fantasy V Reality comparison of : Getting An Agent¬† My Fantasy: A¬†fabulous book…

Tommyvcancer – Blog Tour!!!

Hey Tommy, you’re on tour – soooo rock and roll! ¬†And you’ve reached the end of treatment – I know the ride ahead is still tough but look what you’ve done! And this is what we’re doing: See you on the 11th! Kathy x

How to Make an Author Website Part 2

Hello! If you’re back, YAY!!! ¬†That isn’t you banging your head against the desk after¬†last week’s post on the basics of How to make an Author Website.¬†¬† That is brillopants because this week we are going to be personalizing your website. We are going to look briefly at¬†categories and¬†tags but, but when I looked at…

For Everyone Who Cared: Pike

In just two days, there have been over¬†6000 shares, views and comments ¬†in response to my¬†open letter to whoever shot my beautiful Pike. The local press and radio have been in touch ¬†and word has spread all over Facebook and Twitter.¬†Thank you so much – you have ¬†been amazing. Well, 99.9% of you have been…