Saturday, 28 April 2018

#WriteMentor

Really excited to announce that I'm going to be a mentor for #WriteMentor organised by writer, Stuart White.

You can find more details about #WriteMentor at:

https://www.stuartwhitewriting.com/mentoring

I'm going to be focusing on MG and or Chapter books. My tastes are pretty broad, but I'm most experienced with Fantasy, Thriller and Humour. There are more details about what I'm looking for and my mentoring style here:

https://www.stuartwhitewriting.com/emma-finlayson-palmer

You can also find out more during the Q&A week from Monday over on Twitter. You'll find me at @FinlaysonPalmer


Looking forward to reading your submissions ☺

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Wonder Writers

I have exciting news! I have set up a new business with fellow writer, Jeanna Skinner, called Wonder Writers. We will be offering editing and mentoring services for writers.

We are running a launch competition from the 2nd September 2017 called #WonderPitch, where we we are offering free critiques as prizes.

Please take a look at our website for further details at: http://wonderwritersblog.wordpress.com

https://wonderwritersblog.wordpress.com/

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Updates and Exciting News!

I haven't posted in some time as this year has been extremely busy and lots of exciting things happening, including being long listed in the Retreat West First Chapter competition. It was the opening to my Teen Thriller, Ornithophobia, that is a current work in progress, with the first draft now nearly complete.

I've attended some fantastic writing events this year, I can thoroughly recommend SCBWI workshops and events, writing retreats and NAWGfest17, run by NAWG (National Association of Writers' Groups) and events run by Writing West Midlands.

My very exciting news this year is that I've signed with the fabulous literary agent, Laura West, of the David Higham Agency. Laura really gets my ideas, and I feel confident that this is the start of a fantastic partnership to bring many wonderful stories to life :)


Thursday, 26 January 2017

#PeerPitch

#PeerPitch has been a really fun week-long event on Twitter, organised by The Scribbers, a group of writers who met on a Curtis Brown Creative online Writing for Children course. They then went on to form their own writing group, comprising on the original 15 members from the course.

The #PeerPitch event culminated with a one day to enter 35 word pitch competition, where entrants were invited to submit their children's or YA pitches.

I am very excited to announce that I have been longlisted for not one, but three of my pitches, woohoo! Shortlist announced soon, so fingers crossed :)

https://thescribblersonline.com/2017/01/26/peerpitch-longlist/

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Instructions for a Second-hand Heart



This week I ventured into London for the evening, for the book launch of Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by the lovely and powerhouse of a writer, Tamsyn Murray.



Just getting to Piccadilly Waterstones was an adventure, nearly going Northbound on the tube when I wanted Southbound. On the way, with fellow writer, Kate Wiseman, we discovered it was the premiere of Fantastic Beasts that night at Leicester Square. We didn’t actually spot any stars, unless you count a YouTube star who walked right past us, but we did hear lots of screaming each time an actor or JK Rowling must have been arriving, exciting to think we were so close to the stars!



Piccadilly Waterstones is a dream for any writer, with floor after floor full of books. So it was a perfect venur for Tamsyn's book launch. The event was packed full of lovely people of the writing community, from writers, editors to agents, bloggers and reviewers amongst others. The room was full of people with lots of love and respect for a brilliant writer.



The launch was for Instructions for a Second-hand Heart, a story about Jonny and Niamh, one with a broken heart from losing a family member, and the other, a medically broken heart and in need of a new one. Their two stories are beautifully intertwined as their paths cross.

The book has mainly short, snappy chapters which I loved. The writing is simply beautiful and heart-breaking, but in a good way, with well-drawn and empathetic teenage characters.

Both main characters take us on a journey to deal with loss and learning to live. The book deals with sensitive issues, such as death and long term illness, but it is handled in a delicate manner, and with a story that kept me up until the early hours, desperate to know the fate of the characters. 

It’s been a week now since I finished the book, and I’m still thinking of Niamh and Jonny, and wishing I could still read what’s happening with them.

You will need tissues whilst reading this book, but the end is uplifting and full of hope. Instructions for a Second-hand Heart is definitely a story that will move you and stay with you for a long time after you’ve put it down.

Tamsyn treated everyone at the book launch to a reading from chapter two of the book. If you ever have the opportunity to hear Tamsyn read then I can thoroughly recommend it. She has a wonderful flair and gift for public readings!


Thursday, 29 September 2016

NAWGFest16

I have an article on SCBWI's Words & Pictures magazine about a writing festival called NAWGFest16 which is part of the National Association of Writers' Groups. You can find the original article at this link:

http://www.wordsandpics.org/2016/09/event-report-national-association-of.html

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Kate Foster Editorial

I recently joined Kate Foster's team as the Digital Communications Assistant. You can see me and the rest of the team at...
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It's worth signing up for Kate's monthly newsletter to get some great writing and editing tips, and offers for free or reduced editorials. Keep an eye out on Twitter for #EditFoster too, where Kate shares some great tips and motivation for writers :)

Here's my piece of choosing an editor for my MG book, featured in the current newsletter...

Choosing an Editor
As with any relationship, it’s important to make sure you’re not rushing into something you may later regret. You don’t want to end up with the ‘wrong one’ and have your trust broken.

Trust is an important thing when choosing an agent. You may have spent months or years getting your story to the point it’s at now. It’s precious, and your editor might be the first person other than you to read it. So choosing that right editor is vital.
For me, I spent time looking at various options, including the big relatively faceless companies that offer a wide range of services at top end prices. Often these are inflexible on certain matters; in particular, they often don’t enter into further correspondence after the edit.
Of course, this is worst case scenario and not all were like that, but I knew, for me, the personal touch was important, and I wanted someone who I found friendly and approachable. So I asked around for personal recommendations. Along with those, people wanted to share their horror stories: the editors who didn’t actually do a whole lot of editing, but did charge a lot; editorials littered with spelling and grammatical errors, never a reassuring sign; and editors who were downright rude and refused to enter into any discussion about the editorial.
Fortunately, the doom and gloom weren’t the only stories that I heard. I had some genuine and positive ones too.
I came across Kate’s services via a blog piece by a writer I already followed on Twitter, who had worked with Kate and it had led to her landing an agent. This was precisely what I hoped for. Kate was also recommended by another writer who I spoke with online, and had also received an editorial from Kate, and I was already following Kate on Twitter.
 I’d come to a point with my book that I felt I’d done as much as I could by myself. I now needed the guidance of someone with a professional eye, but friendly and approachable attitude. I was nervous and a bit scared to share my book. But I needn’t have been.
Kate was so helpful and friendly, and even offered to read and edit the first chapter before I committed to anything so we could both see if we would be happy together, and I could get a feel for her approach. Kate also offers payment plans, unlike a lot of places, so you can pay in instalments. She also gave me plenty of options to ‘opt-out’ if I didn’t feel comfortable to commit. But getting an editorial from Kate has been one of the best choices I’ve ever made!
She has been so helpful, thorough, engaging, friendly, answering my inane questions and allowing me to ask about new plot ideas. The next stage for me now is for Kate to re-read my book post-edits, also a service a lot don’t offer.
Kate has really put me at ease and has helped shape my book. The shaping continues as I am editing the final chapter right now, but the end is in sight, and Kate has helped me achieve that.
So, that’s how I chose my editor!
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