Wednesday 30 October 2013

Help Change Lives – and Get a 1500 Word Critique From Me!

Kat Brauer is back with her incredible Crits for Water campaign. This campaign raises money for Charity:Water, a non-profit organisation campaigning to bring safe, clean drinking water to everyone on the planet. Last year, Crits for Water raised over $15,000 dollars – that's almost ten thousand pounds!

I took part last year, and I'm taking part again, offering a critique of your first 1500 words. Interested? Head over to the website and pledge – you have until Friday, 1st November. Good luck!

Thursday 10 October 2013

Cover Reveals and Revamps (and Award News)!

Last Thursday, the US cover for ACID was revealed over at Pub(lishing) Crawl

Isn't it great? I'm so happy that Delacorte decided to use the same image as the UK edition (I mean, how can you top it, really?), and even more excited that the US edition is going to be a hardcover. I've already seen a jacket proof, and it looks amazing. I can't wait to see the finished book. If you head over to Pub Crawl, you can enter a giveaway for a signed ARC (US only, sorry). What are you waiting for?

I've also got some news about the cover for THE FEARLESS - it's had an update, and I think it's wonderful. I love the fiery colours behind Cass – they really stand out, and it goes even better with ACID's cover now, too. If you want to see the old and the new cover side by side, head over to Kate Ormand's blog. I'd love to know which one you prefer!

And last week, I found out ACID has been shortlisted for the NE Teen Book Award, along with Laura Lam's PANTOMIME, Kerry Drewery's A DREAM OF LIGHTS, Paula Rawsthorne's BLOOD TRACKS, Alison Rattle's THE QUIETNESS and Matt Whyman's THE SAVAGES. What a list! Huge congratulations to everyone else on the shortlist. I can't wait to see who wins.