Tuesday, 23 February 2021

#WriteMentor 2021

 

#WriteMentor 2021

 

I’m really excited that I will be mentoring again this summer with the #WriteMentor programme. 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, and my chapter book for 5-8 year olds, Autumn Moonbeam: Dance Magic, will be released in the summer of 2022 from UCLan publishing.

I won the Urban Retreats six month novel writing course scholarship in 2018, ‘Off the Page’ co-writing competition with Carolyn Ward and judged by Hodder & Stoughton, honourable mentions and placing in other competitions including being a Mslexia Children's Novel Award longlistee in 2019 for an upper MG Coming of Age Thriller.

Living in Wolverhampton, gives me the perfect mix of rural and urban landscapes to influence my writing. I live with my husband, stepson, three boys, one daughter, two mischievous kitties and the youngest family members, Matilda, Mavis, and Malcolm, our chickens. My background is in Fine Art, and later working with children in variety of jobs. Now I’m also an editor and mentor and one half of Word Witches with Carolyn Ward, and I am creator and host of a writerly chat on Twitter called #ukteenchat.

I write picture books, chapter books and Middle Grade novels for ages 5-8 and 8-12, and Teen and YA. I’m also a writer of flash fiction and short stories, with some of these winning competitions or being published. I’ve written contemporary novels, 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, 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 Truth Pixie by Matt Haig (again, all of Matt’s books); 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; Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence; Ready, Player, One by Ernest Cline; Dear Charlie by N.D. Gomes; Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green; To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han; The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy; The Pug Who Wanted to be a Unicorn by Bella Swift; The Other Alice by Michelle Harrison; The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson; The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J. Harris; Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell; Vampirates by Justin Somper; All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven; The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky; Blood Moon by Lucy Cuthew; the Lottie Luna series by Vivian French; Small Spaces by Katherine Arden; The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, to name but a few πŸ˜Š

I absolutely love being a mentor and having the opportunity to work with the writers and support them and offer advice and encouragement. I am currently a mentor with the #WriteMentor Spark programme, and independently as an Editor and Mentor. I was a mentor for the first #WriteMentor summer mentoring programme in 2018, which I absolutely loved and had the opportunity to work with fantastic writers that year and each year since. It's lovely that we are all still in touch and support each other’s writing journey, and I’m looking to do the same this year.

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.

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

For further updates please follow me on Twitter @FinlaysonPalmer

Friday, 12 February 2021

UCLan Publishing

Party popperI am absolutely thrilled to announce that I have signed with the fabulous Hazel Holmes at UCLan publishing and Bounce marketing. They will be bringing my chapter book for 5-8 year olds into the world in 2022 πŸ™Œ πŸŽ‰πŸΎπŸ₯‚

https://uclanpublishing.com/



I also have a shiny new page on my agency's website:

https://www.davidhigham.co.uk/authors-dh/emma-finlayson-palmer/
Party popper

Looking forward to being able to reveal my chapter book's title next week!






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Tuesday, 2 February 2021

#ukteenchat 2021

 A new year and another diary full of fabulous guests for #ukteenchat.

2021 kicked off with Cynthia Murphy discussing her debut Horror Thriller, Last One to Die πŸ’€

Next up was Chris Moore discussing his new release, Gut Feelings, a story told in Verse that deals with chronic illness.

Rachel Burge discussed her sequel to the Twisted Tree, a creepy and atmospheric follow up, The Crooked Mask πŸ‘Ή

The first of the February chats is with Sophie Cleverly, who will be discussing her brand new series, The Violet Veil Mysteries. This will be at the earlier time of 7pm GMT on Tuesday 2nd Feb.

Tuesday 9th February 8-9pm GMT will be with Andy Robb, author of Smashed.

Tuesday 16th February 8-9pm GMT with KL Kettle, author of The Boy I Am.

Tuesday 2nd March 8-9pm GMT with Hannah Gold, author of The Last Bear 🐻

Tuesday 16th March 8-9m GMT with Tamsin Mori, author of The Weather Weaver 🌈🌧

All chats take place by following the #ukteenchat hashtag over on Twitter. All welcome to come and join us 😊

Plenty more exciting chats to come this year!

Thursday, 12 November 2020

#ukteenchat

Here are the fabulous guests lined up for the rest of 2020 on #ukteenchat...

17th November – Caroline Ambrose Founder of the Bath Novel Award – Just in time to get your last minute entries in on the 29th November

24th November – Bella Pearson of Guppy Books

1st December – Kereen Getten

8th December – Dawn Treacher

15th December - Louisa Read


The chat takes place on Tuesday evenings 8-9pm UK time. Follow the #ukteenchat hashtag for all the latest details and to view and participate in the chats 😎


Do get in touch if you are a children's writer and would be interested in being a guest on the chat. Bookings for 2021 are already starting to fill the diary.

Sunday, 1 November 2020

November and December #ukteenchat

I have some fabulous guests lined up for #ukteenchat in November and December…

3rd November – A.M. Dassu

10th November – Damaris Young

17th November – Caroline Ambrose Founder of the Bath Novel Award – Just in time to get your last minute entries in on the 29th November

24th November – Bella Pearson of Guppy Books

1st December – Kereen Getten

8th December – Dawn Treacher


The chat takes place on Tuesday evenings 8-9pm UK time. Follow the #ukteenchat hashtag for all the latest details and to view and participate in the chats 😎


Do get in touch if you are a children's writer and would be interested in being a guest on the chat. Bookings for 2021 are already starting to fill the diary.

 


Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Final week and a bit of Inktober 2020

 I've become a little obsessed with pen and ink and watercolours this past couple of weeks...


Day 22 - Chef


Day 23 - RIP



Day 24 - Dig



Day 25 - Buddy



Day 26 - Hide



Day 27 - Music



Day 28 - Float



Day 29 - Shoes



Day 30 - Ominous



Day 31 - Crawl


And that concludes Inktober 2020, the first one I've ever done. It was great fun and really pushed me to create something different and unusual from the prompts :) 

Friday, 23 October 2020

Week 3 of Inktober 2020

 Week 3 of Inktober prompts and Tim burton and Neil Gaiman inspiration is creeping in!


Day 15 - Outpost



Day 16 - Rocket



Day 17 - Storm



Day 18 - Trap



Day 19 - Dizzy



Day 20 - Coral



Day 21 - Sleep