There’s been lots of coverage of the Megaphone seminar at the London Book Fair – but I’ll be honest, this is my favourite. Not just because Stephanie King totally gets it, but because she’s Commissioning Fiction Editor at Usborne, my publisher, and was instrumental in bringing my own books (Chips, Beans and Limousines and sequels) to publication. I personally can echo everything she says about coming from a ‘complicated’ background and the result if you don’t see all sides of you equally valued. Thank you Stephanie!

Want to be a book publicist?

Penguin Random House’s entry-level recruitment programme, The Scheme, is back for 2017.

This year they are looking for the publicists of the future, with four successful candidates joining Penguin Random House in September 2017 to embark on a fully-paid traineeship lasting 13 months.

Applications are open to all, regardless of professional experience or qualifications, and candidates will not be asked to provide CVs. Instead, applicants will be asked to answer three questions designed to test seven core qualities required by publicists today, including ambition, curiosity and a passion for our purpose.

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#LBF17 full house – thank you!

The audience for the Megaphone seminar at the London Book Fair 2017

The picture says it all. It was standing room only! Thank you to the many people who turned up to hear the Megaphone writers read and to help celebrate their achievements. And thank you to the Megaphone writers themselves, who all gave excellent readings despite nerves. You were all superb and I hope you enjoyed the rest of #LBF17!

Megaphone writer to appear in Scoop

Delighted to say that Nafisa Muhtadi, currently on the Megaphone scheme, has impressed the editor at Scoop Magazine and will be published alongside names such as Neil Gaiman, Tom Stoppard and Jacqueline Wilson! This will be her first print publication credit.

Scoop is an exciting newspaper for children aged 8 – 12, with experienced and passionate publishing professionals at the helm. Check out the current issue here: