We’re thrilled that best-selling author Rachel Ward is joining the team behind the Bradford on Avon Mini Book Festival on Saturday 15th July. Rachel writes for teenagers and young adults (and, coming later this year, adults too). And, thanks to her publisher, Chicken House Books, we are offering something very special to would-be writers this year. We’ll let Rachel tell you the rest!

2016-12-04 20.22.18-2Ten years ago I met the then Fiction Editor of Chicken House books, Imogen Cooper, in a little room above the library in Frome. I had sent her three chapters and a synopsis for a book called Numbers and as I drove down the A36, I knew that I was going to a meeting that could change my life. Gentle reader, it did. Imogen liked my chapters and asked to see the full manuscript. She showed it to Barry Cunningham, MD of The Chicken House, and he liked it too …

chicken houseThe editorial surgery was part of the Frome Festival, and I will be forever grateful to the Festival and its organisers for creating that opportunity. Now, as part of the Bradford-on-Avon Mini Book Festival on Saturday 15th July, there’s a chance for this to happen to another lucky writer because Chicken House editor, Kesia Lupo, is very generously offering a limited number of free editorial surgeries for unpublished authors who have written a book for children. Kesia has worked for Chicken House since 2015, was longlisted for this year’s Branford Boase Award (the rather wonderful award for debut writers and their editors) and shortlisted in the Trailblazer Awards for rising stars in the publishing industry.

If you would like to book a 20-minute surgery, you need to contact Bradford-on-Avon Library and be ready to email the first three chapters and a one-page synopsis of your book at least two weeks before the Festival. Tel: 01225 863280 or email: bradfordlibrary@wiltshire.gov.uk

(NB This is open to submissions from people writing for children aged 7 and over)

Whatever the outcome, this is a golden opportunity to get feedback on your work from one of the best in the children’s book biz. If you are lucky enough to book a slot, good luck!

Many thanks to Rachel who is also running a crime-writing workshop at this year’s Festival. Find out more about that on our events page, and find out all about Rachel and her brilliant books for young people and adults here

Meanwhile we hope to see you and your children at our FREE, all day festival on 15th July!

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