Tuesday, 20 July 2010

101 Things You Didn't Know About Publishing #9

Digging for Treasure

While doing some research for my new young fiction project, I came across this first edition of Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson.  Clear out your attic, rummage around in your grandparents' drawers, and you could make a fortune.  This 1883 first edition is on sale for nearly £22,000!!!


101 Things You Didn't Know About Publishing #8

You can do it too!

Many authors visit schools, libraries and other public venues.  Author visits are a fantastic motivation for children, teachers and parents.  Children get to meet their literary heros and get stuck in to some brilliant creative activities. 

But, for me, the most valuable thing about school visits, is that children learn that authors are real people.   We all started life as babies, we went to school, got in trouble with our teachers (or not!).  We all had crushes and spots and made mistakes.

Author visits say to children: "If I am just like you, you could be just like me, if you want to be."
I think this is a very powerful and enabling message to give children.

To find out more about booking an author, go to:

Friday, 2 July 2010

It's Publication Day!!!

Look what was waiting on my doorstep when I got back from walking the dog!
Today is publication day for my third picture book, Supermarket Zoo and these beautiful flowers are from the team at Simon & Schuster.

I can't believe its finally out!

Watch out for special promotions in Waterstone's, Asda, Sainsbury's, WHSmith and Amazon throughout July and August!!!

Competition!! The Great Picture Book Hunt!

Have you spotted a copy of Supermarket Zoo or Don't Dip Your Chips in a store near you?  If you have, you could win a prize! 

Take a picture of yourself in front of any shop display of Supermarket Zoo or Don't Dip Your Chips and email it to me, together with your name, age and the name and location of the store.

The person who sends me the best photo will win a personally signed copy of Supermarket Zoo!

Please email photos as a jpeg (no more than 100 KB) to:


Competition closes 31 August 2010

Good Luck!