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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Welcome to author Karen King

Today I'm delighted to welcome my good friend, author Karen King to my blog.
Living only about 25 miles away from each other, we often go to writing events together, and we run a double whammy schools Author Visit project which we call KAT. This stands for Kids and Authors Together. It also, incidentally, stands for Karen and Ann Together!
Karen has had around a hundred and twenty children’s books published. She’s also written for many children's magazines including Jackie, Sindy, Barbie, Winnie the Pooh and Thomas the Tank EngineShe writes for all ages and in all genres; story books, picture books, plays, joke books and non-fiction. As well as her children's books, she has written some short stories for women’s magazines and has had two romance novels published under the name of Kay Harborne.
There's so much to say about Karen. She has a BA with the Open University, a Certificate In Education, a HNC in Media and many years of experience as a writing tutor. She was a part time lecturer on the MA in Professional Writing course and the BA Illustration course at the University College, Falmouth for many years, where she also ran Summer Schools on writing for the children's market.

She has tutored online for the TrAce Online Writing School, and via correspondence for the Open College of Arts. She now tutors creative writing for Worcestershire County Council, the Writer's Bureau and the London School of Journalism. Her latest accreditation is Patron of Reading in her home town of Worcester. She also offers private writing tuition and a manuscript appraisal service. Details are on her website.

With so much experience in writing under her belt it's not surprising that one of her latest books is her extremely useful - Get Writing: Children's Fiction. The perfect handbook to help you break into writing for children.

Cover blurb
The aim of this book is to get you writing. It's full of inspiration, tips and writing exercises for anyone who wants to write children's fiction. Included are tips from other published writers, useful links and answers to questions you've always wanted to ask.  

Get Writing: Children's Fiction includes chapters on:

Know-how: the difference between writing for children and writing for adults.
How to get ideas for your stories from your family, your work and your life - and how to expand those ideas.
Creating believable characters children will love reading about.
Writing by the seat of your pants, or plotting? Basic things you need to know for either approach.
Writing realistic dialogue.
Writing the first draft
How to create 'reel them in' beginnings, sustain the pace in the middle, and write satisfying endings.
How to write page-turning chapter endings; keeping continuity when writing series.
Writing for the educational market.
Writing a synopsis and a proposal.
Submitting your work to a publisher or agent.
Dealing with rejects and rewrites.
Publicity and marketing.
Publishing your own work.

Get Writing: Children’s Fiction
Is your head full of children's stories?
Will they make a book?
Karen King's, Get Writing: Children’s Fiction, is out now to help you break into writing for children.

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Thank you, Karen.

Please visit my website: www.annevansbooks.co.uk


  1. Thanks, Ann, for such a lovely write-up. :)

  2. Very pleased to feature you and your Get Writing:For Children book - it's such a great book. Looking forward to hosting you again when your new romance comes out. Next week is the launch date, I believe!!

  3. Thanks, Karen. I'll certainly be looking out for that in Waterstones.
    Looking forward to your visit to Nottingham Writers in September, Ann.

  4. Yes Keith, Sept 3rd. See you there.