Thursday, November 11, 2010

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We've all seen those little keyboard emoticons that people sign off with - the smiles :) and the winks ;) and the laughs out loud :D

But the above takes it to a different level. Hours of work, I imagine, and so 'headache' is both witty and appropriate. I don't know whose creation this is.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Le Peuple Des Miniscules...


Received from my publisher today.


Dear Steve

The French publisher of The Various has just sent me a lovely email, which I thought you might like to read…

Just to let you that I will present to the representative sales team, to our commercial team, “The Various” this afternoon for a launch in February 2011 - I am very moved by this so sensitive and wonderful book, it’s pure fantasy, with a great love for every human being, Various or not.

I would be very pleased if you could send all my admiration to the author. I believe strongly in that trilogy, I would like the Various to be a classic in my series and I am very proud to be the French publisher of the books.

We adapted the original cover and I just changed the title for the French audience. I called it “LE PEUPLE DES MINUSCULES”. I changed the title because "The Various" didn't fit in French and remains very obscure, but I wanted to keep the idea of strange and mysterious people. I chose "Minuscules " which means "little" and that word conveys the idea of little people.

I would like to add that Jean Esch who is the translator of the book (and the translator of Philip Pullman and E. Colfer) was very happy to have this book to work on.

Please find attached the French cover.

With all best wishes

Catherine

Monday, November 08, 2010

Carnegie Medal


I'm very pleased to be able to announce that X Isle has been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2011. Being nominated is a long way from winning the elusive wee blighter, but it's an honour in itself  and it's where all eventual winners have to start. So yay me.