A Day in the Life: Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison of Freshers

Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison have collaborated to bring us Freshers, one of the most hotly anticipated YA books of the summer from Chicken House Books. Here they address what it’s like collaborating on a novel together, tackling procrastination and the importance of reading your writing out loud.


Our typical writing day changes massively depending on which stage we’re at in the writing process. If we’re working on the first draft of a book, we don’t really even meet up in person: we will just write separately, emailing chapters back and forth and continuing the story that way, like an extremely elaborate game of ‘Consequences’.  Continue reading “A Day in the Life: Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison of Freshers”


A Day in the Life: Metaphrog – Graphic Novelists.

Our online theme for this month is Comics and Graphic Novels, so who better to kick-off insights into their illustrative lives than Franco-Scottish duo Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers? Here they walk us through their busy lives as graphic novelists and the work that goes into new releases:

On a typical day we get up at 6.30am, and work through the morning, Sandra on creating

Photo by Bob McDevitt

pages, John writing. We make sure we also dedicate some time to exercise, walking, swimming, or Pilates. Walking affords us time to discuss ideas and work out story details. Swimming is meditative and also allows creative flow. In the afternoons we write and draw respectively, and deal with correspondence. Sometimes emailing, phoning, doing essential administration and promotion are actually a great way to re-trigger creativity. We stop between 18.30pm and 22.30pm, depending on whether we’re on deadline or working closely with our publisher on pre-press work, for example. Making The Little Mermaid we worked long hours six days a week for months.

Continue reading “A Day in the Life: Metaphrog – Graphic Novelists.”

#SYP101: The Good, The Bad and The… Young – Floris Books.

Ahead of our conference Publishing 101: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, Suzanne Kennedy, Sales & Marketing Manager at Floris Books, writes about Young Kelpies, and how it thoroughly ticks the ‘good’ side of publishing!


You see a gap in the market and you fill it. Right?

We launched the Young Kelpies list in August 2015 in recognition of the dearth of books specifically for Scottish reluctant readers and children in the 6-8 age range. At the risk of sounding incredibly earnest, the value of children seeing their locality, language, humour or background reflected back at them in a book is immeasurable. It’s about publishing books relevant to their readers.

So we introduced a Viking . . . obviously. Continue reading “#SYP101: The Good, The Bad and The… Young – Floris Books.”