June 2015 Issue

In conversation with JJ Marsh
A Rollercoaster Ride Through One Writer’s Life
Friday 17 April saw London Book Fair's first Fringe Festival. Foyles, London's biggest independent bookstore, opened its doors to the Alliance of Independent Authors, IndieReCon, and IAF15 organised by Triskele Books. 
For much of the audience, one of the highlights of LBF Fringe at Foyles was the section of the busy schedule hosted by super-talented, super-inspirational indies Rohan Quine and Dan Holloway. For those of you not lucky enough to have attended the event, here's a taste of their presentation ...
London Book Fair opened its doors for the first time in its new home. The other first was the institution of a 'Dragon's Den' style pitching opportunity for authors ...
By JD Smith
Five elements to consider when asking yourself if you have crossover potential introduce your novel to the YA scene.
Each issue, Cornerstones Literary Consultancy explore and critique a reader's opening page. If you would like to participate in their Opening Page Mini Masterclass, send your opening page (400 approx words) as a Word Document attachment tosubmissions@wordswithjam.co.uk with the subject ‘Cornerstones Masterclass’. Pieces for critique are chosen at random from those submitted to Words with JAM.
Jefferson from Carlisle writes to ask how he can build tension into his novel: I’ve written a spy thriller (well I think it’s thrilling) but people who’ve read it say it doesn’t have enough tension. One of my writing friends says it needs cliff-hangers. I thought I’d done that, but maybe I haven’t done it right. Can you help? If you have a question for Lorraine, email lorraine@quinnpublications.co.uk.
Articles and Interviews
Imogen is an arts journalist and critic, writing on trends in children’s and YA publishing for The Guardian and reviewing and writing round-ups for The Metro. She has a current understanding of the market and comprehensive knowledge of both classic and contemporary children’s literature to draw on.
A brief history of YA fiction. The more things change etc...
Chris Curran's first novel, Mindsight, is a psychological thriller. It was chosen as the lead title for Harper Collins' new digital first imprint at Killer Reads. She lives in Hastings on the south coast of England and Mindsight is set in the town.
In our regular series, international writers share some snapshots from their part of the world. This issue, Carl Plummer offers his perspective on Shenzen in the Guangdong province of China.
Procrastinating with Perry Iles
In conversation with JJ Marsh
Her first novel, How I Live Now (2004) won several awards, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book Award and the Orange First Novel Prize and became a 2013 film. 
Claire's first novel, Our Endless Numbered Days is published in the UK by Fig Tree / Penguin, by House of Anansi in Canada, Tin House in the US, and will be published in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Israel and Turkey in the coming months.
Short Stories and Poetry
A short story by Katharine Orton
A poem by Brian Allgar
Reviewed by JJ Marsh
Reviewed by Gillian Hamer
Reviewed by Barbara Scott Emmett
Reviewed by Liza Perrat
Reviewed by Catriona Troth
Reviewed by JW Hicks author of Rats

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