When I first started this blog I wasn't sure what I'd write about but I soon realised that I wanted to inspire myself and, in doing so, hopefully inspire others. So I decided to focus mainly on debut and new children's and YA authors. People like me, ordinary writers who had a dream of being published and who had found success and achieved publication. I wanted to hear their stories of how they found their agents, their publishers, what they did to achieve their dreams. I wanted to hear about their books and introduce not only myself but others to these new writers. I wanted to hear why their agents chose to represent them, what made them stand out from other submissions. I wanted to learn, be inspired, feel encouraged - I wanted to believe that if it was possible for them it was possible for other aspiring writers such as myself to achieve their dreams.
One thing my interviews have shown is that there is no right way to achieve that agent or deal. Some are rejected time and time again until finally that idea, that book, that one agent or publisher sees the potential and dreams are fulfilled. Some are accepted almost straight away. All the writers have different backgrounds, different experiences, different interests, their diversity has brought a cornucopia of ideas, characters and settings to this blog that barely touches the surface of that wonderful, diverse area of books written for children and YA. There's so much more out there to find; to read; to enjoy; to be frustrated by; annoyed by; to be moved to tears by; to laugh; to ponder; to close the book and be glad that you found and read this story and discovered the characters that inhabit the world within.
I hope you have found this blog helpful, informative, that it has given pause for thought, and helped inspire and encourage.
I'd like to thank all my interviewees who have made this blog what it is and I hope that all its readers and visitors have enjoyed my posts.
And on a separate note, Doctor Who has been mentioned a few times on this blog as I am a huge fan. Last night I watched the final episode with David Tennant as The Doctor. I've loved his tenure as the tenth Doctor and he will be sorely missed.
Farewell David Tennant. You were brilliant!