Girls Heart Books, the author-led website for girls aged 8-14, is one year old - and is marking the occasion with a fresh new look.
Every day of the week, the site features a new blog by one of the UK and Ireland’s leading writers of girls’ popular fiction, on any subject from writing tips to how to make maggot jam (!) – alongside guest posts, and weekly book giveaways.
Past contributors include Cathy Cassidy, Cathy Hopkins and Hilary McKay; Sophie McKenzie and Julia Golding are recent additions to a core team which includes bestsellers Fiona Dunbar, Karen McCombie, Sarah Webb and Joanna Nadin, and 2012 debuts Wendy Meddour and Diane Messidoro.
Founder Jo Cotterill, who writes the light romance series Sweet Hearts for Random House, says,
‘Girls Heart Books was inspired by other group blogs, such as An Awfully Big Blog Adventure and Trapped By Monsters. I wanted to focus on the sort of books which readers love, but rarely make shortlists or command much publicity. We’ve been blown away by the response from young readers. Lots of group author blogs are followed by aspiring writers – but most of our comments are from young people. It’s a writer’s dream to get that kind of feedback from our audience! No wonder our waitlist for new contributors is overflowing.’
Fellow contributor Susie Day - author of the forthcoming Pea's Book of Best Friends from Random House and The Twice-Lived Summer of Bluebell Jones from Marion Lloyd Books – enjoys the camaraderie:
'These days authors are expected to be online and web-savvy, but it can feel like shouting into the wind. Girls Heart Books brings readers to one friendly place where they can interact with their long-cherished favourites, and discover new authors: good news for everyone. And there’s no hard sell. It’s more like a bunch of mates chatting about their favourite books.’
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For more information, please contact: Susie Day on 01865 557150 / firstname.lastname@example.org