More of Me is One Year Old

By Kathryn Evans I feel like I should have a little birthday tea. One year ago today, my first book was born. After more than 15 years of trying, I became an actual, real life  published author. My debut YA novel More of Me was released by Usborne  to U.K. readers. The birth was celebrated by…

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 It’s the only largest organisation for published AND unpublished writers in the world and I’ve been part of it for years.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…

And the winner is…

by Kathryn Evans The last few days have been unbelievable – first the Carnegie nomination and now this…you guys did this, you awesome, wonderful, lovely, amazing folk – THANK YOU. More of Me has WON the Edinburgh International Festival First Book Award and YOU made it happen. There are not enough thank yous in the…

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…

What’s it Like? Things you don’t know before you’re published.

Here are a few unknown unknowns – things you need to do as a published author that you never even guessed at: Blog posts, heaps of them , which is GREAT, because I am a massive chatterbox and they allow me to chatter. I’m blogging at Notes from the Slushpile ,  YAshelfies,  and on all sorts of…

How the SCBWI Conference Blew My Mind

  Every year I think this year’s conference has been the best ever but this year, it really might have been. Was it just me or did we fill Winchester with enough warmth and creativity to power a small ship? And what about it really blew my mind? Was it our fantastic, if bonkers, keynote speakers…

Capturing Your Voice

Voice. It’s a slippery devil – I’ve been talking about how to capture it on Notes From The Slushpile

SCBWI-BI Conference – Is it Worth It?

The annual SCBWI British Isles conference is open for booking and I didn’t hesitate before signing up. I’ve hardly missed one in years – in fact I’ve been trying to remember if I’ve missed one. Sadly, no one has helpfully produced a list  so I can’t tick them off.

Writer’s Tips: Building Ordinary Worlds

Some writers seem to have a knack for world building, Ellen Renner does it to perfection in Tribute, her world is textural , you can feel it, smell it, sense it. Philip Reeve and Sarah Macintyre are masters at it – in Oliver and the Seawigs and Cakes in Space they use words and pictures…