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So, tell me, why do you want to get into children's publishing?

This was the question that was asked of me at my first internship about a year ago. Feeling a little put on the spot, I gave the horribly cringe-worthy response that, given my lack of experience, it seemed like it would be “easier” to work on children’s books in an…

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Tips for Young Writers

Hello to all our lovely new blog visitors. Here’s a quick vlog I’ve put together for those of you considering entering The Guardian Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize competition. Entries close 31 May! All T&Cs here. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2xvEMaJjio&w=560&h=315]

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Early Starts, Profits, and Belonging to a Corporation

As you may or may not know, Hot Key Books is one rather lovely branch of a great big Bonnier Publishing tree. On Tuesday, I got to find out just how ruddy enormous that tree is, as I went to an internal profit training workshop in Chichester with my homeboyz Cait Davies, Kate Manning, Tristan Hanks…

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The SPAM guide to publishing

I’ve just got back into the office after 3 days at London Book Fair which was fabulous, brightly lit and rather huge.  You spend a lot of time meeting lots of people and explaining, as a start-up, exactly who you are, what you’ve done and what you’re planning to do….

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Building the Hot Key list – a Publisher's view

What could be more exciting than building a list from scratch? It’s every editor’s fantasy: to hand pick books and authors you love, that you have lots of room for, and getting to acquire a dream list! But of course, there is more to it than that! There is a…

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Attempting to draw the graphic novel

I’ve always enjoyed that magic combination of words and pictures to create stories and express ideas – from baby books to picture books and graphic novels for adults. Graphic novels and comics can explain complicated political, cultural and existential ideas with ease, making them accessible and a pleasure to read….

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Blog on blog(s) – part four

A few weeks ago we started a series of blogs on our friends in the book blogging community – asking them how they got into it, why they like it, and tips for anyone wanting to start out now. We’ve had some lovely responses – if you missed them you…

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The Highs and Lows of Publishing

I hope you’ve all seen the news about our exciting recent acquisitions: a pre-empt and four pre-Bologna deals. We are so happy with how our list is coming along, with so many fantastically talented authors, new and more established. And the response via Twitter yesterday was fabulous! We’ve even outstripped…

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Dear Auntie Hot Key….

Dear Auntie Becca, I love YA books and can’t get enough. But it’s really hard to know what to read next. Where can I turn? Addicted in Aylesbury (A great blog post on incredible libraries here) Dear Addicted, I’m so glad to hear that you enjoy reading YA books, the…

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Dear Auntie Hot Key

Dear Auntie Naomi – I’m a young person who really wants to write fiction for Young Adults. I’ve written a book but I’m finding it really difficult to find anywhere that takes on unsolicited manuscripts. What’s worse, half the time I send things in and no one ever gets back…

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Dear Auntie Hot Key

Dear Auntie Becca – I really want to get into publishing but I’m finding my current work experience really boring! All I do all day is photocopy stuff and make teas and coffees. I feel like no one is appreciating my talents – are they taking advantage of me? I…

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Dear Auntie Hot Key

Do you have questions? We’ve got answers! This week (and beyond?) the Hot Key aunties are answering your burning questions about publishing. Our first question is about getting your first job in publishing, answered by three people who have done just that. If you have any questions you’d like us…

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