Call Me Lion is due to be published on 16 June 2022. The cover reveal will be sometime towards the end of February and there may be all kinds of exciting things happening leading up to the launch which I will share with you all here and on social media. If you want to find me on Twitter or Insta I'm @camillacauthor. I'm not hugely active as it fries my brain to spend too long on my phone, but I do dip in and out. I'm also on Facebook and Linked-In.
Always the best thing about events is meeting with fellow writers. I feel like I have a whole new group of people now going through the same exciting adventure as me. Everything is much better when you don't feel alone.
This festive photo represents the best thing in my life to have come from the pandemic. These wonderful fellow women writers are from top left; Sarah Broadley, Mandy Rabin, Me, Suzie Wilde, Susan Bain, Charlotte Teeple-Salas and Kitty Kettle (we're missing our eighth member Linda Nelson) and represent the most supportive, encouraging and writing friends ever!
When the first lockdown cancelled our writing retreat we started meeting daily via zoom. We still try to meet every day to talk writing and motivate one another, but over time this has spilled into general friendship and support.
Instead of gifts this year we made personalised bookmarks for one another, which is what we're waving in the photo.
Here's to 2022, may it be filled with stories that we create for you, our readers.
All the best and I'll see you on the other side!
Don't forget to book in before Christmas 2021 if you want the lower price for an author visit to your school.
After Christmas my half-day visit will increase from £100 to £150. If you want a full day, this is possible after Christmas and will be charged at £300.
To find out more and to book please contact me.
As part of my volunteering work with SCBWI BI I get to do all kinds of interesting things. With my friend and co-volunteer, Mandy Rabin I run the Industry Insiders part of SCBWI BI. The idea behind Industry Insiders is that we give SCBWI BI members (children's writers and illustrators at all stages of their journey) a behind the scenes peek at the children's publishing industry.
By far the most popular Industry Insider (and TBH the only) event we hold at the moment is the 1-1 Festival where members are given the chance to showcase their work and have a 15 minute online consultation with an agent or editor. This is a BIG DEAL especially if you are not yet signed with an agent.
Agents are a very important key ingredient to reaching a target of securing a traditional publishing deal. Most writers need an agent to help them make their work ready to submit to a publisher and guide them through the experience of bringing their book(s) into the world.
It is competitive, but agents are looking for writers producing work they are able to sell, so when Mandy and I organise this kind of opportunity it isn't surprising that tickets sell out faster than Glastonbury.
As Amber is very experienced, knowledgable yet warm and generous person I very much enjoyed interviewing her for the Live Panel part of the 1-1 festival. We had all kinds of engaging and challenging questions from festival goers whom I hope found it useful, encouraging and inspiring.
We're all on a journey but it doesn't mean we can't help one another out along the way.
Keep writing everyone!
Totally delighted to be able to physically visit schools again.
I'm starting with a visit to The Lea Primary School on Monday which I offered for FREE! I can't wait to meet the children and have some fun. If you're interested in an author visit to your school, you just need to contact me.
You can find out more about my author visits and what they involve by visiting my author visit page on my website.
If you're a school that will struggle to pay the low fee of £100, please still contact me, as I can offer free visits if I think the children would benefit from meeting an author and wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity.
Can't wait, can't wait, can't wait....more visits please, lots of visits!
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