Thursday, 31 March 2022

#WriteMentor 2022

 #WriteMentor 2022

 

Really excited to be mentoring again this summer with the #WriteMentor programme. This will be my fifth year, and every year has brought in an amazing batch of submissions that make it really hard for me to choose just one!


Here’s a little bit about me and what sort of submissions I’d like to see this year…


I am represented by Veronique Baxter at David Higham Associates. My writing is featured in many different magazines, anthologies and online, such as with Northern Gravy, and PaperBound magazine, and my chapter book for 5-8 year olds, Autumn Moonbeam: Dance Magic, will be released in July this year from UCLan publishing, followed by book two in October.


I live in the West Midlands with my family of husband, children, cats and chickens. My background is in Fine Art, and working with children in variety of jobs. I’m also an editor and mentor of children's fiction, and one half of Word Witches with Carolyn Ward. I am creator and host of a writerly chat on Twitter called #ukteenchat.


I have written for every age group and genre over the years but now I focus on writing flash fiction, and short stories, younger fiction/chapter books, and Teen and YA. I’ve written contemporary novels, Horror, Fantasy, Humour and Thriller, with a strong focus on friendship and family relationships, usually, though not exclusively, with strong female main characters who are neurodivergent, working class and LGBTQ+.


I’m keen to mentor a writer of either a chapter book or Middle Grade story. The genres I’d like to see are quite a broad range: Contemporary, Humour, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Horror especially Folk Horror, or Fantasy. It could be laugh out loud or making my hair stand on end and everything in between, I’m happy to see all sorts of stories.


Some of my favourite books are: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (anything he’s written really!); the Amelia Fang series by Laura Ellen Anderson; Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison; Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray; Splinters of Sunshine by Patrice Lawrence; Ready, Player, One by Ernest Cline; Dear Charlie by N.D. Gomes; Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green; The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy; The Pug Who Wanted to be a Unicorn by Bella Swift; The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson; All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven; Blood Moon by Lucy Cuthew; the Lottie Luna series by Vivian French; Small Spaces by Katherine Arden; A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson, to name but a few 😊


My main reason for being part of this #WriteMentor programme is that I love being with other writers and the fantastic kidlit writing community. I’ve been very fortunate over the years to have had support via mentoring and from amazing writing groups and individuals and want to share that passion for words and the support and encouragement, with lots of positivity (think Joy from Inside Out) and gifs along the way! I’d love to work with someone who is keen to learn and share their writing with me and have fun along the way.  


There will be Q&As ahead of the application window to ask me questions, but do feel free to send me a message on Twitter if you have anything you’d like to ask and can't make the chats below. 

Monday 4th for Chapter Books (age 5-8 approximately) 7-8pm BST/UK Time

Tuesday 5th for Middle Grade (age 9-12) 7-8pm BST/UK Time


So do apply to me if you feel we would be a good fit.😊


For further updates please follow me on Twitter @FinlaysonPalmer and on the WriteMentor website: https://write-mentor.com/mentoring-programme/2022-writementor-summer-mentoring-programme/


KEY DATES

Mentor applications: 10th January – 14th February 2022

Agent registration: open until Thursday 1st September

Mentor chats on Twitter: 4-6th April 2022

Mentee application window open: 7th-8th April 2022

Mentor-Mentee announcement: 28th April 2022

Mentoring programme period: 1st May-31st August 2022

Agent Showcase: Friday 2nd-9th September 2022


https://linktr.ee/EmmaFinlaysonPalmer

Wednesday, 23 February 2022

Cover Reveal!

Really excited to now be able to share the cover of my debut chapter book, Autumn Moonbeam: Dance Magic!

Designed by Becky Chilcott

Illustrated by Heidi Cannon

It will be published by UCLan Publishing on 7th July 2022 🎉🎉🎉



Autumn Moonbeam loves gymnastics and dance so when Sparkledale Dance Academy have try-outs for their competitive dance team, Black Cats, she thinks it’s the most broom-tastic opportunity ever! Just one problem, Autumn is nervous and worries she won’t make it onto the team. 

And then she discovers that her nasty neighbour Severina Bloodworth is trying out too. But with her best friend Batty by her side can Autumn overcome her shyness, lack of confidence and magical mishaps to be chosen to join Sparkledale Dance Academy?

Enchanting, fun and full of heart, this is a story about growing into yourself, following your dreams and making new friends along the way. With added stunts and magic, of course!

Autumn Moonbeam: Dance Magic! is available to pre-order from Waterstones now...


https://www.waterstones.com/book/dance-magic/emma-finlayson-palmer/heidi-cannon/9781912979769

Sunday, 6 February 2022

Words & Pictures

Really excited that the first of my articles on Chapter Books for Words & Pictures is now available to read online:


Chapter Book KnowHow - Words & Pictures




Sunday, 7 November 2021

#ukteenchat

I've had some fantastic guests on #ukteenchat in 2021, I've already got more fabulous guests lined up for 2022.

For the rest of 2021 I have the following guests coming up on the chat...


Mon 8th Nov 8-9pm GMT - Lucy Hope

Tues 16th Nov 8-9pm GMT - Ruth Estevez

Tues 23rd Nov 8-9pm GMT - Kate Poels 

Tues 30th Nov 8-9pm GMT - Alexandra Page

Tues 7th Dec 8-9pm GMT - Emma Bradley


#ukteenchat is a Twitter based chat by following the hashtag to see all tweets related to the chat. It is usually Tuesday evenings 8-9pm UK time. All are welcome to come and join in or just watch 😀

Saturday, 6 November 2021

BookBrunch

On Tuesday 2nd November, I was lucky to have Autumn Moonbeam announced in an article with BookBrunch. You can find that at the following link:

UCLan Publishing launches chapter book list with Autumn Moonbeam







Monday, 1 November 2021

The Bookseller

Really excited to see that The Bookseller have featured my deal with UCLan and Heidi Cannon as Autumn's illustrator today.

You can see my big cheesy grin at the following link...

The Bookseller : UCLan signs Finlayson-Palmer's debut series for new illustrated list

And on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thebookseller/status/1455145093464305671?s=20



Sunday, 31 October 2021

Autum Moonbeam Illustrator Reveal!



I am so excited to finally be able to share that the fabulous illustrator,  Heidi Cannon, is illustrating my chapter book series, Autumn Moonbeam. 

The first in the series, Autumn Moonbeam: Dance Magic, will be released by UCLan publishing in July 2022. The second book, Autumn Moonbeam: Spooky Sleepover, is scheduled for release in time for Halloween, in October 2022.

Autumn Moonbeam loves gymnastics and dance so when Sparkledale Dance Academy have tryouts for their competitive dance team, Black Cats, she thinks it’s the most broom-tastic opportunity ever! Just one problem, Autumn is nervous and worries she won’t make it onto the team. And then she discovers that her nasty neighbour Severina Bloodworth, who is always throwing unpleasant comments her way, is trying out too. But with her best friend Batty by her side can Autumn overcome her shyness, lack of confidence and magical mishaps to be chosen to join Sparkledale Dance Academy?

Set in a magical world of witches for readers aged 5 – 8, the Autumn Moonbeam series will be enchanting fun and full of heart, with themes of growing into yourself, following your dreams and making friends.

You can see more of Heidi's fantastic art on her website here: https://heidioliviaillustration.com/