STATUS: Spent the day being a lovely tourist instead of working. And sorry for the tiny covers of yesterday. My computer or Blogger was not cooperating and despite efforts, I couldn't get the pics to upload bigger and I didn't have time to fiddle.
What’s playing on the iPod right now? ACCIDENTALLY IN LOVE by Counting Crows
To kick off the blog entry, here is a lovely shot of Blenheim Palace from the gardens.
Alas, Colin Firth did not emerge dripping wet from any neighboring lakes or ponds—much to Sarah Rees Brennan and my great disappointment.
Now that I’m back at the flat, I’m flipping through my little notebook of scribbled writings. From what I can decipher (as my handwriting is not always the best), here are some things UK children’s editors are looking for. In no particular order and a nice sum up of what several editors spotlighted:
--More boy adventure books (although one publisher specifically said their list is full in this arena so not as high on their list)
--would love a prize-winning new teen voice along the lines of HOW I LIVE NOW
--Funny with beautiful writing (so a blend of literary with a really fun story line)
--a modern Anne of Green Gables
--middle grade fantasy that is a girl-driven narrative
--humorous girl stuff that is more than just boys and relationships but is warm, and character driven. Not necessarily issue driven
--high concept middle grade with a really original voice so it can stand out.
--anything that can crossover solidly to the adult market (ie. THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF A DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME)
--a contemporary author with a literary, classic voice. (hum.. that seems to tie in with the modern Anne of Green Gables example above)
Different houses did have different feelings on the market. One house thought that Meg Cabot and her popularity was in the past and another thought she was still burning strong.
I got a sense that all the editors would be open to anything romantic. No surprise there.
And even though I know my blog readers love my lists, it basically comes down to this. Editors want an original story well told.
In that sense, the US and the UK are the same.