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Month: December 2016

What can I drink when pregnant?

Helen McGinn, author of Teetotal Tipples, explains the best drinks to have whilst pregnant including recipes for some tasty elderflower cordial! ‘As if the swollen ankles, hot flushes and constant loo trips weren’t enough to put up with during pregnancy,’ Helen McGinn writes, ‘you can’t drink either. The most recent government guidelines advise that no alcohol […]

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From the Archives: Science is Awesome!

Sometimes a news item catches your eye that is so thoroughly science fictional that you have to just stop and admire the awesomeness of the universe and the tool with which we seek to understand it: science. Take this news, for instance, of the discovery of a rogue planet, wandering (appropriately enough) some hundred light […]

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From the Archives: Greg Bear’s EON: A Review by Stephen Baxter

President of the BSFA and multi-award-winning author, Stephen Baxter, offers his thoughts on Greg Bear’s 1985 Big Dumb Object novel, Eon . . . In 2005, after the observation of a supernova-like burst of energy, an asteroid shows up in Earth orbit. Humanity is locked in a continuing Cold War between US and USSR, and […]

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What we’re looking forward to in 2017

Anne Perry Book: it’s cheating to say this, because I’ve already read it, but in 2017 the novel The Roanoke Girls, by Amy Engel, publishes – and it’s awesome. Do you love Flowers in the Attic and the works of Virginia Andrews? Are you a fan of southern gothic? Do you like novels about really […]

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Make the Leap with Helen Russell

‘There isn’t a safe way to make the leap; we just have to jump. And it can feel like a long way down.’ 2016 has been a rollercoaster (to say the least) and 2017 couldn’t come any sooner. Here at Yellow Kite we are ditching our New Year’s Resolutions, and embracing real change. In her […]

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From the Archives: Joe Abercrombie on Fritz Leiber

So, you may have noticed a certain amount of Joe Abercrombie-ish activity over at our sister imprint, Gollancz. Quite understandable given that Joe’s destined-to-be-bestselling new novel, Red Country is published tomorrow (original post 17/10/2012). But while our colleagues are proclaiming (quite rightly) the muscular virtues of his new book, we thought we’d take a moment […]

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New Year, New You Books for a Healthier, Happier 2017

The start of a new year always makes us think about how we can make positives changes in our lives. Whether you want to improve your health, fitness or happiness (or all three!), these are just some of our books to help you achieve your goals.   Health and Fitness for Mummies   The Stay […]

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Imagine your place on the bookshelf of the future

We believe that publishing should be open and accessible to all people, from all backgrounds, from all communities. But sometimes knowing where to begin, or even how to start, can be intimidating. Each month this year The Future Bookshelf will provide you with a new infographic featuring tips, tricks and ideas from authors, editors, agents […]

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‘One small twist and even old themes can feel fresh’

The Helsinki Bus Station Theory from Get Started in Writing Young Adult Fiction by Juliet Mushens   One good exercise for coming up with ideas is to look at existing novels and plot synopses, and to change one element about them, and then see how that might change the novel entirely. Think how different Harry Potter […]

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‘Multiple ideas can interact in interesting ways’

Ideas do not exist in isolation. The richest, most interesting novels are not just based around a single notion, but instead draw upon multiple ideas. If you are finding it difficult to come up with a starting point for your novel, it may be because you are trying to base it around a single idea, […]

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‘Curiosity and a sense of adventure get new projects off the ground’

How do I get started? By being curious and determined. My debut thriller Yesterday is about the question ‘how do you solve a murder when you can only remember yesterday?’. The concept came to me when I was travelling to a ballroom dance practice in late 2014. The premise was so intriguing, I started writing […]

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‘Recognise the need for an idea to flower’

Successful authors recognise the need for an idea to flower. Inspiration doesn’t just mean being hit with one idea suddenly; it can also mean cultivating it, allowing it to grow in our subconscious, and letting it emerge when it’s ready.   Whether your starting point is an image or a feeling or an overheard remark, […]

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