Archive for February, 2013

Write your story in under fifty words!




Hi everyone, 

At the moment I’m working on an adult thriller that I’m presenting to a literary agent in about a month. They don’t want to look at a big wad of paper, they want you to write 50 words in the form of a back-cover blurb telling them what your story is about, they want a one-page summary of your story and the first five pages of the written story. It’s a great thing to do as it forces you to cut your story down to the essence. What is it about? What happens to who?


You’ve got to make it interesting and grab their attention – like the fireworks exploding in the photo. If you are working on a story try and write 50 words to describe your story and make me excited about it. Put them up on the blog and I’ll make comments. 


ps. I live in Al Ain, in the United Arab Emirates. That’s on the Arabian Peninsular between Oman and Saudi Arabia. 


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Bullying Websites for Kids

Are you being bullied or know someone who is?  We’ve put together some links to great websites all about bullying and how to get help if you need it.  There are step-by-step guides to taking action and stopping bullying, and help-lines that you can call and talk to an adult who can help.

Check out the Bullying links on the Kids Internet Gateway.

If you’ve read R.J. Palacio’s amazing book, Wonder, you’ll remember one of Mr Brown’s precepts is “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.”  I think it’s a great thing to remember every day, and to always treat others as you would like to be treated.  You can even go to the Choose Kind website and pledge to ‘choose kind’ every day.

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Meet our February Star Author – Vince Ford

Our February Star Author is New Zealand author Vince Ford.  Vince has written lots of different types of stories, from humourous stories set in a small New Zealand town (2Much4U, SoMuch2Do and Possums2u), to sports stories (It’s a Try!) and adventure stories set in ancient times (The Chronicles of Stone series).    Vince’s books have won many awards, including the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award  and the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Award for Junior Fiction.

Thanks for joining us Vince!  We look forward to hearing all about your books and your writing.

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Meet Joseph Delaney in Christchurch

If you love The Spook’s Apprentice series come along and meet Joseph Delaney in Christchurch this Wednesday (20 February).  You can come and meet him at Upper Riccarton Library, from 7:00-8:00pm on Wednesday 20 February.  He’ll talk about his books, you can ask him questions, and even get your book signed.

It’s a free event but you need to book a space.  Just call the library on 03-941-7923 to book.

To find out more about Joseph Delaney and the Spook’s Apprentice series, visit

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