Cover Reveal: Too Many Friends

I’m excited-much to share the cover of my upcoming younger reader verse novel with you. It’s less than two months ’til it releases – and I know that time will fly!

Jo Hunt has designed my three verse novel covers. I don’t know how she does it, because each vibrant cover captures the essence of the book, so they’re all different … yet matched. I can only imagine how gorgeous the three books will look side-by-side in real life.

The joyous riot of colour encapsulates the clamour, energy and enthusiasm of Tahnee’s ‘Too Many Friends’.

I love it!

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Thank-you so much Jo and my lovely editor, Kristy, who worked together to create a cover that is as tempting and colourful as a pack of jumbo party lollies. You think?

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That saying, ‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover’…? It doesn’t apply here! 🙂

Heidi is hosting Poetry Friday this week at My Juicy Little Universe. You should visit and be inspired. But before you go… if you haven’t yet read about my competition for ‘Bullying. No Way!’ Day, click across to find out how your 11 words could win you a signed copy of ‘Bully on the Bus’.

 

I Don’t Eat My Friends!

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My next verse novel is going to the printers on Monday (Yay!) so I thought I’d share a poem from that in celebration of Poetry Friday and all things wonderful… like friends!

I Don’t Eat My Friends!

The kids
in my class
are like a jumbo pack of 
assorted party lollies –
they’re all different,
but I like them 
                all.

(I don’t eat my friends!)

Some kids
talk a lot;
others
tell funny jokes.
Some kids 
ask questions
and listen lots;
others
ask questions 
and don’t listen at all.
Some kids are bossy
(sometimes too bossy!);
others like
to be told
       what to do –
want you to do it 
       for them.
Some kids are quiet
and always there;
others are quiet 
and always alone.

All my classmates are different, 

but that’s the best thing
about
      friends …
                and lollies.


© Kathryn Apel

I’m so thankful for the many beautiful friends who sweeten my life, including the wonderful Poetry Friday peeps, who feed my love of words in verse. Thanks to Karen-consumer-of-coffee for hosting us this week and collecting the links at karenedmisten.blogspot.com.au.

‘Too Many Friends’ will be published by UQP in May 2017, and I canNOT wait to share it!

A Rewarding Week

Wow. Poetry Friday again. After such a busy, fun and exciting week! I’m currently at the Ipswich Story Arts Festival, where I’ve been presenting sessions titled ‘My Life as a Book‘ to kids in Years 1-4, and having an absolutely wonderful time talking with children about the stories that inspired/shaped my books. (You can read a summary of my session by clicking on the link.)

Especially rewarding has been the discussions about bullying, prompted by my verse novel, ‘Bully on the Bus’. There have been a number of times where I’ve choked up at the words of the children – the wisdom! – but also at the silence that settles like a blanket, as I read sections of Leroy’s story. The silence that lingers – at times broken by a gasp – and the comments that followed.

I was soooo gloriously busy yesterday, that I didn’t get a chance to check in to social media until late in the day… and my tweet notifications had gone a little crazy!  Continue reading

We’re On Track

Phew! What a hugely busy couple of months. Since signing the contract with UQP for my next verse novel we have been busybusyBUSY to get it out at its best for a May 27 release date. I don’t think I’ve ever written so many words under such immense pressure before.

When I subbed ‘On Track’ to UQP, it was a 12,000wrd verse novel. I knew it would need some development, but I also knew that UQP would offer feedback to highlight gaps and  maximise this story. I knew it would grow… and it did. I had no idea it would grow so much! I don’t think anyone else did, either. But once we started on the process, it just kept growing… and growing… and growing! This week it went off to typesetters, at 17,300wrds. That blows me away – because actually, that’s just a lot of words, fullstop for someone who used to get speed wobbles at 600wrds – and whose previous best was 7000wrds.

So, what have I learnt during this process? Most of it’s about me, as a writer. Continue reading

A Contract and Kayaks

I have good news! After such a wonderful experience publishing ‘Bully on the Bus’ with UQP, 12 months later I’m thrilled to say we’re doing it all over again!

‘On Track’ is a middle-grade verse novel about two brothers in pursuit of sporting excellence, battling the angst of sibling rivalry and self-doubt.

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Big City = Big News

On Thursday, 3rd July, my friend Ally, her two kids, and I, loaded into her little red car and made the long drive to… the city! We were headed for the 9th Annual CYA Conference – the Competition that, for me, provided that final push to publication… not once, but twice! Ally is one of the self-less organisers of this event.

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City pigeon – carrying good news!

Our first stop, (after checking into the very spacious/luxurious – though wee-bit confusing Meriton Hotel) was afternoon tea with my publisher, Michele at UQP. There I was delighted to meet most of the team… and was thrilled to hear that…

In just one week, Bully on the Bus had sold out!

It’s back at the printers now. Soooo exciting! And I love that I was there to hear it in person! (I’m just a little annoyed that in all the excitement, I completely forgot to get photos with everyone! *sad face*)

Friday we were off to Black Cat Books for the launch of Wendy Orr’s new book, Rescue on Nim’s Island.WendyOrr

CYA Snaps

CYA People

It was an honour and thrill to be invited to share my Success Story at CYA Conference. CYA was instrumental in the publication of both This is the Mud! and  Bully on the Bus, and I will always be appreciative of the time, effort and passion that goes into organising this event. A huge thank-you to Tina Clark who is the driving force behind it, and her band of helpers, Ally, Debbie, Nat and Sam.

 

 

 

 

Awesome to catch up with online friend as well, including Catherine Oehlman, Samantha Wheeler, Ramona Davey and Wendy Orr – all every bit as gorgeous in real life as online!

Alphabet Soup

10 year-old Joseph wrote a thoughtful review of ‘Bully on the Bus’ for Alphabet Soup. So I thought I’d write my response… with Alphabet Soup! Or the pasta, anyway.

I don’t think I can insert a picture into a comment, so I’ll post it here and then link back to it. If you click on the picture, it will take you direct to Joseph’s review on the Alphabet Soup site.

Click on the picture to go direct to Joseph's review at alphabetsoup.net.au

Click on the picture to go direct to Joseph’s review at alphabetsoup.net.au

Let the Celebrations BEGIN!

Enter the time of busy, joyous celebration!

June 25th (tomorrow!) sees the release of the ‘Bully on the Bus’. I can’t wait to open the door and let it fly! This is a story I began in 2007 … as a chapter book … with first draft finished at 1,700words. (Yeah – sheepish grins here at that tiny word count.) How things have changed – for the better. Tomorrow it will be released … as a verse novel … with a final count of 7,100 words. That’s a bit of a difference!

There are many people who’ve contributed to the growth and development of this story. I’m so glad there’s an acknowledgements page at the back of the book, where I could pay tribute to them!

I’m grateful to be invited onto the CYA Conference Success Panel on 5th July, to share something of the Bully’s path to publication. How wonderful to bring it full circle, and once again acknowledge the impact of the CYA Conference on my writing career.

While in Brisbane for the conference, I’m so very much looking forward to meeting all the team at UQP. They’ve been such fun to work with – I can’t wait to put faces to names that appear regularly in my inbox. Yay!

From there I have the FUN of a book launch, hosted by the buzzingly-busy  Bundaberg Library (details here), followed by a lunchtime launch at the Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale (LOVE this wonderful event!). And then there’s a day of activities as a part of the Bargara Strawberry Fair, followed by author talks and school visits … and through it all, various blog posts around the interwebs.

So much to love about the next month! Maybe I’ll see you somewhere in all the busy!

25th June – Release Day!
3rd July – Meeting the UQP team
4th/5th July – CYA Dinner/Conference
8th July – Bundaberg Library Launch
29th July – Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale Launch
2nd August – Bargara Strawberry Fair

Media Release & Sample Chapters

A beautifully crafted verse novel that will surprise and empower, Kathryn Apel’s Bully on the Bus is the ‘secret weapon’ that every bus-riding school kid should carry with them.

 

Everything about the process to publication is exciting! Yesterday was no exception, with the media release for ‘Bully on the Bus’ skipping out into cyberspace. I have been so impressed at every stage of my journey with UQP – so many truly delightful, talented people that I’ve had the absolute pleasure of working with, who believe in the Bully, and ‘get’ the heart of my writing.  Like these two snippets taken from the media release…

 

With hidden treasures for kids, parents and teachers alike and a heart-warming ending, Bully on the Bus gives courage to anyone who might feel small.

 

That happy place? It’s inside ME.

And if that’s not exciting enough, I’ve just had a little wander through the UQP website and I spy the bully! You can too, if you click on these colourful active links. You can even Take a look inside and read sample chapters.

Haven’t they done a beautiful job? I am so in love with that book!

Request a review copy via the Contact tab at the top of the page. (It’s hiding under the reddish menu dot, top right.)