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Katie’s social media tips

Many authors sign up to social media because they’ve been told they have to by their agent or publisher or on a blog on how to promote their writing. But once there, they’re not sure what to do! How much can you talk about your book? What should you write about? What happens if someone sends you a horrible message on Facebook? If you’re not sure how to strike the right tone as an author hopefully these tips from Digital Marketing Manager Katie will help… 1. Social media is not a sales tool Having a presence on social media CAN sell books. But your presence should not just be about promoting yourself and your writing. Talk about things that are interesting to you. Have an…

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Kim’s teen reads

Sticking with our theme of our favourite things as teens, you can see by Kim’s collage that she was clearly the most sporting of our team! David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and even her local football team make an appearance… And in terms of her reading? My YA selections are going to be two old and two new… The two I read when I was a teenager: Polo – Jilly Cooper Wow, the dashing Rupert Campbell Black, the lovely Taggie – I always aspired to be called Coltish…but let’s be honest, even in 4 inch heels I’m still not tall ;-( I think every teenage girl should read Jilly as a right of passage… Flowers in the Attic – Virginia Andrews I discovered a love of…

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Katie’s teen reads

Continuing the theme of YA and New Adult reads, today Katie pulls together the books she remembers most from when she was a teenager. What are yours? I completely know where Charlotte is coming from with her teenage crushes. I also loved Pacey and Leo. Romeo and Juliet – what a film! And then Titanic came out when I was 16 and Blew My Mind. No, I didn’t see it every day for a month, as I know some people in my year wanted to do, but it did solidify my love of Leonardo di Caprio. But my ultimate teenage crush was definitely Jared Leto in My So-Called Life. GOD – Angela and Jordan Catelano making out in the boiler room was so hot. My…

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Charlotte’s teen reads

This week we’re thinking about YA and New Adult books, kicking off by remembering some of our favourite things when we were younger. Charlotte is up first – what were your favourite teenage things? I went through many phases and obsessions as a teenager – there was the Clueless phase, where my best friend and I would wear fluffy sweaters, hair bands and Mary Janes and quote things from the film like ‘Do you prefer “fashion victim” or “ensembly challenged”? Round about that time we also discovered boys… and in particular Leonardo Di Caprio in all his blonde boy band hairstyled glory (ahh the days when boys all had ‘curtains’!). Every girl in my year had a copy of his unofficial autobiography and I can’t…

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Do you believe in ghosts?

Recently, when we were discussing historical romance, Charlotte wrote about her internship at Chawton House Library, focussing on its Regency connections, but to finish off our focus on Fantasy/SF and Paranormal, now’s the perfect time to tell you all about her darker, spookier experiences working at the 400+ year old house… (cue X Files music) I’ve always been fascinated by ghosts ever since I was a little girl. My best friend and I used to re-enact our favourite TV program, Strange but True, in the school playground and back home in Durham there is a Victorian cemetery behind my parents’ house. Being the baby of the family, I was always desperate not to be left out so, despite my fears, I would follow my brother…

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