Many people ask what it’s like to be an author, and I always say that the best bit is meeting the readers. Of course I adore the writing side; coming up with an idea, beating it into shape, then fine tuning it with the help on an editor or two. But once the book is in the public sphere, I also love the social side; literary festivals, interviews, radio, events in schools/libraries/bookshops.
Although it is also slightly terrifying, nothing beats getting feedback on your book. Whether it’s a review online (see goodreads and amazon) or it’s a person in front of you, telling you their thoughts about your book, meeting people that have enjoyed your work is an incredible feeling. And so, I thought I’d share some of the feedback… (keep going to see the video at the end!)
And huge thanks also to the girls and boys that filled out feedback sheets after the UNESCO Citywide Read events. Here are some of the comments I’ve received so far – they make me chuckle SO MUCH I had to share!
Question: Did you enjoy the event?
‘Yes, it was a very scary story and it was good to meet the author’.
‘Yes, it was very good. It was good to meet the author. Her book was awesome’.
‘Yes, it was funny’.
‘Yes, it was the best’.
‘Yes, it was a great book and I can’t wait to read the next one’.
‘Yes, I enjoyed today so much. We enjoyed it a lot and had fun. I hope we come again soon’.
‘Yes, it was fun. She was funny’.
‘Yes, she’s so kind and happy’.
‘Yes 🙂 She likes death’.
‘Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Amazing. I love it sooooooo much’.
‘Yes!!!! 🙂 I think she’s funny because she likes death :-p . It was a great book!!’
‘Yep!! The Book of Learning is my favourite book! I can’t wait for the second one to come out!!!
‘Yes, for sure. I hope more will be coming from her soon’.
‘Yes, it was amazing. I can’t wait for the next books. It was so good, and it was spooky. She is really nice and funny’.
‘Yes I thought it was great, I learned a lot about writing. I am going to read the next one’.
‘Yes, I liked it, I’d say 10 out of 10’.
‘Yes, so much. It was good 10/10 and I hope that we do it again J’.
‘Yes, a lot. The ghost stories are creepy and really cool’.
‘Yeah it was great. I haven’t finished the book yet but it was great as far as I read. It was just so good and I’d say the next book will be even better’.
‘Yes!! I really liked the book and Elizabeth is really nice’.
‘Yes, I thought it was amazing and I was so sad when I heard that the second one isn’t out yet’.
‘Yes, I thought it was really good and interesting’.
‘Yes, I really enjoyed the book and the talk. She was nice’.
‘Yes, I liked it and mark it 10/10’.
‘Yes it was great. It was excellent to meet the author and her book was amazing’.
My favourite quote from a review:
“I loved this book so much that I made Lego figures of Zach and Ebony, and I don’t usually mix up my Lego figures! My mind was racing when I was reading this book, trying to piece together the clues, but I had to read to figure it out.” (Mia, aged 12)
And here’s a real treat – a surprise rat rap from Pied Piper of Hamlyn