Friendship – Write About It!

Here’s a great competition for girls aged 11 to 18. It might seem a scary idea to write something and send it off to be judged, but it’s a great thing to do regardless of winning!


If you think friends are worth shouting about, here’s your chance!  This writing competition is for girls ages 11-13, 14-16, and 17-18.  The story is to be fictional – the maximum length is 1000 words – the deadline is Friday 3rd July 2015 – and the theme is


So why not give it a go – all the details can be found here – and be sure to let us know how you get on!

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Star Fighting: Does ghostwriting help with marketing and promotion?

Until I was asked to be interviewed by a lovely friend of mine, Larisa Villar Hauser, I hadn’t really considered what I had gained in terms of marketing and promotion from having ghosted eight books so far. I was pleasantly surprised that, as I thought about her questions, it seemed that I had gained a lot of experiences – some from seeing how an amazing company like Working Partners, or, the brilliant publishers Bloomsbury, went about their business, and some from trying to raise my own profile and trying to get more school visits. Needless to say, I was flattered to be interviewed.

"Leaflet drop" by The U.S. Army is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Getting print work distribution right is hard work
“Leaflet drop” by The U.S. Army is licensed under CC BY 2.0

One tip that I didn’t think of, at the time, was the practicalities of getting print promotional work done. It’s often easy to get side-tracked by the practical process (designing, or finding a designer, print specs, finding a budget for a print run, etc). However, it’s important to not forget distribution. If you decide on getting a postcard done, who is it aimed at? How will they get hold of it? Where else can you distribute it? If you ever walked past someone handing out leaflets in the street, watch them for a while – it’s amazing how hard it is sometimes to give away promotional materials! There’s always a danger of ending up with hundreds or thousands of postcards, leaflets and bookmarks taking up space in your home and office – if they’re not released into the world, they can’t help get the word out about your book!

You can read the interview and my thoughts on books, writers and promotion here: Star Fighting.