You Can’t Make Me Go To Witch School – Blog Review

You Can’t Make Me Go To Witch School – Blog Review

There are certain books that you just can’t help but get excited about, and this was definitely one of them for me. From when I first saw its cover revealed several months ago, to the excitement and buzz on the run up to its launch I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. And it didn’t fail to meet and exceed my expectations. Em Lynas’ You Can’t Make Me Go To Witch School is easily one of the best books i’ve read this year and I couldn’t put it down until I’d finished. (I didn’t even pop to the loo!) I think this is just the start of what this author has to offer and I get the feeling we’ll be seeing big things off her as this hilarious series continues to grow. So whats it about you may ask …. Well, not everyone wants to be a witch and Daisy Wart is definitely one of those few! She is extremely  unhappy to be sent to witch school, dumped off by her Granny and left to the mercy of a bunch of batty witches. Because Daisy is ac-chew-ally an actress who needs to show everyone her Bottom for the big performance, but if she’s got any chance of escaping Toadspit Towers School then she’s going to need a plan… or possibly a few. Filled with Vernons, Oddbod’s and some singing too, she’s in for a few surprises that even her elbows can’t predict! Em Lynas’ gives the reader an original take on a witch school filled with comedy and fun at every turn. Full of characters you...
The Brand Called YOU!

The Brand Called YOU!

In my most recent blog http://bbtaylor-books.co.uk/who-are-you/ I wrote about having a voice. One that is truly yours and tells the story only you were meant to tell. But with writing any book, story, poem or creating any illustrations, it’s only the beginning.   What most people don’t realise is that being an author or an illustrator in this day and age is the same as having your own business, the only difference the product you are selling is yourself. Without you the words and illustrations would not exist and therefore the business wouldn’t either. It doesn’t matter whether you’re traditionally published or self published the principles are the same and the hard work often begins after you’ve got your book in your hands.   And just as with every good book, every successful business has that all important hook. That brand that everyone identifies them with. For creatives a brand can be a vital way to get their work noticed, to stand out in a crowd. In a modern world where everything is more accessible now than ever, getting your book out there and recognised can seem like a daunting challenge. It’s very easy to fade into the background, if you allow yourself to.   So then what do we mean by a brand? A brand can be many things. A look, a style, a catchphrase. Something that people can immediately identify as you and connect to your work.   Take the very talented Chris Riddell for example, his brand is his style of illustrating. A distinct look that is easily recognisable, and attributed to both him and his work....

Who Are You?

In a world filled with icons and idols, it’s very easy to be swept up in the idea or fantasy of wanting to be your hero. Just like when we were children playing pretend and for writers it can be just the same.   Everyone wishes for that fairy tale story of being discovered as the next big thing and many of us aspire to reach those pedestals that we put our heroes on. For lots of writers it’s that saying, ‘oh you could be the next J.k’  that excites them and puts stars of hope in their eyes. Don’t get me wrong I don’t think any of us could ever complain at the opportunity to be that successful, but is there a worry of loosing ourselves whilst trying to be someone else. I just like other writers have my idols, Cliff McNish, Lian Hearn and Terry Pratchett were some of my literary heroes who cemented my love of books, and I was lucky enough to meet two out of the three, who were just as amazing in the flesh as they were in their words. But could I create a villain as terrifying as Dragwena in Doomspell, or a character as lovable as Death in Mort, or even craft as stunning a tale as Across the Nightingale Floor? I think the question should more be, not could I recreate the voice of another author but what story was I born to tell with my own voice instead? I am neither as funny as Pratchett, as dramatic as McNish or as eloquent as Hearn, but I am something different. I...
Feel The Force.

Feel The Force.

So, in the spirit of keeping up my blog, and because I had such a fun day on Saturday, I thought I would check in and update you all about my weekend!   This weekend I had been invited to attend the Feel The Force Day convention,  in the West Midlands, as a Guest Author. The convention is the only one of its kind that I know of that is completely accessible and inclusive, so I was honoured to be invited to attend as their guest.   Feel The Force Day has been running very successfully for the last few years in Peterborough getting bigger and bigger and this year was their first event in the West Midlands. Operated by Sarah, JJ and the rest of their amazing team they provide an open and accessible convention that can be enjoyed by fans of all ages and interests. A chance to get dressed up, have fun, even meet actors from some of the most icon tv and film from around the world.   They were even kind enough to invite Yoshi my Yeti to come as well as long as he was on his best behaviour! (He was very excited about meeting lots of new people!)   I will admit, I was a little nervous at sitting with some of film and tv’s most iconic figures being the tiny Children’s Author I am, I was sure nobody would want to come and talk to me when they could meet the likes of Norman Lovett from Red Dwarf and Brian Wheeler from Never Ending Story, some of my favourite shows of all...

The Rollercoaster of Self Publishing

I’ve been trying to write this blog for quite some time, in fact ever since I wrote the last one in April, and we’re now mid-June. (Where does the time go?)   Yes, as I was saying, I had promised myself I would write at least one blog a month (we can already see how consistent that was!) But anyhow I’m back and ready to ramble again.   As some of you may or may not know I am what’s known as a ‘Self-Published Author’ For those of you that don’t know what it is, it means I publish my own books, so I don’t work with a traditional publishing house or a team of editors like some of my awesome fellow writers.   For many years there was a lot of stigma attached to being self-published, due to the stereotyped view that all self published books were amateurish and of poor quality, so I was always quite nervous about admitting I was self published to begin with.   But then I had a thought (Yeah I know they can be painful!) If I believe in my work, and my readers like my work, what have I got to be ashamed of?   I’m not going to say self publishing is easy or even that all of it is fantastic, because I don’t think it is, and there are many traditionally published books that people may hold that view of too. It can be successful though, especially if you’re putting everything you’ve got into it and it can have many rewards.   What’s Involved?    Well as you might...

The Call – Book Review

So, its been a while since my last blog and I thought I’d write a review as its been a while since i’ve been able to sink my teeth into a good book. The Call, written by Peadar O’Guilin, was a book I’d heard about in passing quite a few times. I’ve actually had my copy since last year but just not had the time to dive into it (I don’t like to to be interrupted when I start a book, not even for bathroom breaks) So I was quite happy when I got the chance to settle down with it the other night after hearing Beyond Books Media rave about it for so long. I must admit the first chapter didn’t pull me in as much as I thought it would. Don’t get me wrong it was well written and had me asking questions from the start but I just had my doubts. Boy was I wrong! By the third chapter I was completely caught hook, line and sinker and the book wasn’t put down until i’d read all 335 pages. Theres a lot of good books out there on the market. So many choices and not enough hours in the day, but I assure you there’s nothing quite like this! Fairy tales didn’t know what hit them when this book was written and all the traditional rules were definitely thrown out the window. Anyone looking for a pretty tale with a happy storyline, this certainly isn’t that, but to be able to take such fantastic folklore and mould it into such a thrilling and gripping story is...