(first given as a speech to the IBBY Conference, London 14th November 2015) Today I’m going to do something rather un-British. I’m going to talk about money. Not the sort most writers earn – that would clearly be a pretty short speech – but the swing from editorial to marketing power that I’ve witnessed in […]
Island – The Director’s Cut
This is the afterword to my novel Island – explaining the genesis of the story, my chance encounter with Chris Riddell and my gratitude to all my amazing backers. So many people have nurtured Island. It’s a tale of chance remarks, serendipitous meetings – and incredible generosity. Let me begin at the beginning. The day […]
Slow Books – A (fairly) quiet Rant
Why did I decide to Kickstart Island – rather than conventionally publish? Some answers here. Along with some discussion on the current state of childrens’ publishing. Link above to Candy Gourlay’s blogsite, where the article first appeared in May 2015.
Tips for Writers
Tips for Writers by Nicky Singer When people ask me for writing tips, I always remember the remark of the agent who turned down my first novel. ‘Is there any hope?’ I asked. ‘Well,’ he replied, ‘at least you’ve finished a book. Most people want to have written a book, but far fewer actually want […]