Honestly? I am almost as excited to unveil this little beauty as I would be about a new book. You see, there are loads of brilliant individual children’s writer blogs out there. The Scattered Authors Society has been running a daily kidlit blog at An Awfully Big Blog Adventure for ages. There’s Crime Central, an author-run blog to celebrate crime fiction for teens. But lovely Jo Cotterill (who, as well as being a fellow Random House author, handily lives just down the road and thus I get to eat her cakes) thought one day, hang on: why isn’t there a group blog, aimed at readers, written by authors, just for girls?
And now there is. 😀
Girls ♥ Books is for all girls aged 8-14 who love books – all kinds of books – and our roster of daily bloggers still blows my mind. Coming up are Cathy Cassidy, Karen McCombie, Cathy Hopkins, Joanna Nadin, Leila Rasheed, Fiona Dunbar, Keris Stainton, and many more. We’re going to introduce you to some brand-new authors too (one so brand-new she can’t even tell us the title of her debut novel yet!) – plus there’ll be quizzes, polls, and competitions to enter to win books and goodies. I’m one of the first bloggers on the roster, so please do swing by Girls ♥ Books soon: you just might find a video of me, being all lispy and petrified cos I know I’m being filmed and it’ll be on the internet *ahem* I mean, of me being super-professional and articulate while giving you a guided tour of my writing desk…
By the way, if anyone in your vicinity gets sniffy about us using ‘heart’ as a verb, you have my permission to gently bonk them on the nose with the latest edition of the OED while shouting “OMG! it is a word, FYI, you tinfoil-hat-wearing heteronormative Rotterdammer!”
(You can find the full list of words they added last month here. I love new words, especially the ones that don’t seem new at all. The fact that it has taken until 2011 to get ‘stonewash’ in the dictionary boggles my rumble-de-thumps, I can tell you.)
PS: I hope you like how the Girls ♥ Books site looks. I did that bit.