Bookworm grandfather’s review

Charles Pepper wrote from Thailand to say what he thought of the book:

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“An engaging and very readable thriller with a dramatic ending; the reader is drawn into this fast moving tale as it’s easy to relate to the characters, settings and drama. The descriptions, many interesting true facts, real historic events and landmarks that still exist, the twists, turns and illustrations all bring the tale very much to life.

“I would recommend this book for both girls and boys; parents, grandparents and teachers will find it an enjoyable story to share with youngsters; and if you’d like to see the Dragons in London today, you can.”

Read the whole review here

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Can you please review my book?

Have you read the book? Did you like it? I’d love to know what you thought of it! Other people want to know what you thought, too, to help them decide whether to read it or not.
If you’re happy to write a review but don’t know how, I’ve put some guidelines here to help you.
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Oscar is outraged by the fate of one particular character

For instance, you could say:

– what you loved
– what you didn’t like
– how you felt at important moments in the book (was it funny, scary, joyful, exciting etc)
– your favourite and least favourite characters (and why)
– if you were surprised by the ending
– how you felt at important moments in the story
– if you want a sequel
– who else you think will like the book
– how many stars would you give it?
You can write as much as you like – from one sentence to a whole page – the more the better! And you can write in English or Romanian. If you can include a picture of you reading the book that would be a lovely bonus…

What an editor does for a book

The author is only the first part of the process in producing a book. We get all the credit, of course, and lots of people don’t realise the number of other professionals involved in turning a few thousand words into an attractive, readable, desirable book. In the first of a series of articles about the publishing process, here’s my editor, Ruxandra Campeanu, to explain the part she plays.

Foto_micaMy favourite moment while editing Dragons over London was seeing the layout with the illustrations in place. Up to that point, I had mostly been concerned with the text, and that was the very first time when I got an idea of how the book would look like as a physical object. I particularly liked the scene where the mice, upon having learnt that Xiaolong had been deceiving them, decide to withdraw their support from him. I loved the way the text and the illustration on page 122 come together to capture the emotional intensity of the moment…”

Read the whole article here. 

*gasp!* First run SOLD OUT

cropped-cover-dragoni-cropped.jpgI’ve just spoken to the publisher, Mona, and she had this amazing news. Less than a week after launching the dragons at Bookfest, the whole of the first print run (3,000 copies) is sold out! The book is already being reprinted…

Congratulations to the Booklet Fiction team – I’m amazed and delighted. Onwards and upwards!

Want to be a nicer, kinder person?

Want to become a better person? Then you might want to consider picking up a book because according to a new study, reading regularly could make you kinder and more empathetic, writes journalist Sarah Young in The Independent newspaper.

After being quizzed on their preferences for books, TV and plays, 123 participants were tested on interpersonal skills including how much they considered other people’s feelings and whether they acted to help others.

The study, conducted by Kingston University in London, found that readers were more likely to act in a socially acceptable manner compared to those who preferred watching television.

“Engaging with fictional prose and comedy in particular could be key to enhancing people’s empathetic abilities.”   Read the article here

 

 

James Patterson knows…

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Come to Bookfest this week at Romexpo, Bucuresti, and find amazing books! (Come and discover my new book, too, at the Booklet Fiction stand. I’ll be there on Friday and Saturday.)