My Top Writing Tips: Kieran Fanning

Posted by Jazz on Wednesday September 30th, 2015

This week, it's The Black Lotus author Kieran Fanning's turn to share his top writing tips!  (more…)

My Top Writing Tips: Lisa Drakeford

Posted by Jazz on Wednesday September 23rd, 2015

Lisa Drakeford, author of the brilliant The Baby, was shortlisted for the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition in 2014. One year on we've published her fantastic shortlisted story – here are her top tips for budding authors!  (more…)

TOP 5 FRIDAY: Animal companions

Posted by Jazz on Friday September 18th, 2015

Beware of spoilers! You'll be surprised to find that this is the first Top 5 for a long, long time where a Harry Potter character has not been mentioned. Although a lot of us were itching to write about Hedwig (*sobs*), there were other companions we absolutely couldn't miss out – and since we have SO many fantastic animal pals in CH books (see the brilliant Baxter in the header photo – you'll find out more about him soon), we decided to look further afield. Here are five of our faves ...  (more…)

My Top Writing Tips: Helen Maslin

Posted by Jazz on Wednesday September 16th, 2015

Who better to get writing tips from than actual, fully-fledged, their-books-are-on-the-shelves published authors? We've collected top writing tips from a whole bunch of our recently-published authors, who generously share their words of wisdom for getting that novel completed. First up is Helen Maslin, author of the deliciously dangerous and romantic Darkmere(more…)

Chicken House acquires Lydia: The Bad Bennet Girl

Posted by Jazz on Monday September 14th, 2015

You may have already spotted the announcement online, but we’re very excited to share the news that we’ll be publishing Lydia: The Bad Bennet Girl by Natasha Farrant in 2016! (more…)

WIN: A signed copy of Longbow Girl and a bunch of Chicken House books

Posted by Jazz on Friday September 11th, 2015

We’re celebrating the publication of thrilling historical adventure Longbow Girl by Linda Davies with a creative writing competition – readers under 16 can enter for the chance to win some amazing prizes! (more…)

Children's Fiction Competition: Barry's winning ingredients

Posted by Barry on Wednesday September 9th, 2015

What makes a Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition winner? Judge and Chicken House Publisher Barry Cunningham – known for signing a then-unknown author called J.K. Rowling – shares his thoughts ...  (more…)

Decoding Publishing Jargon: Editorial

Posted by Laura on Wednesday September 2nd, 2015

We’re all guilty of using jargon, and often don’t consider that other people might not understand what we’re talking about. As an industry, publishing is no exception and certainly has its own language. Having studied Publishing I know I didn’t expect to be unfamiliar with publishing lingo, so I was in for a bit of a shock. (more…)