Too Many Friends – Release Day

Today is release day of my most joyous book, ‘Too Many Friends’. I am delighted to share this little ray of warmth and sunshine with the world. If you haven’t yet seen the trailer, click back to my previous post – because I’m still feeling pretty chuffed about that! Meanwhile, for this special day I thought I’d include two of my favourite pages from in the book. Not spoilers! Though they do fit with the themes in the book.

1) Dedication

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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’.

 

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.)

A poem about a verse novel

Untitled reflections on writing Bully on the Bus – my Day 10 poem for Month of Poetry.

Seven years from inspiration
to  publication, and a zillion
edits in between.

How it grew
from chapter book
to verse novel,
from 1700wrds
to 7100wrds,
still amazes me;
that I could breathe life
into bare bones
so they pulsed with the heart
of story …

*breathless*

My computer tells the story
of every written and deleted
thought, word and phrase;
a draft of files as story developed,
each word tasted … weighted
before being placed
………………………………just
……………………………………….so.

Even now –
as we prink and primp
the layout of print
on page,
I twitch and tweak –
exclaiming over exclamation marks,
aligning line breaks
and pausing to ponder a comma.

Six years –
almost seven…

Soon to be
printed in ink
and e-

July!

Page proofs now perused
……………..…….polished
…       ..   ……parcelled up
……………..…and posted.