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Publication day for THE DARK INSIDE

Rupert Wallis    The Dark Inside by Rupert Wallis

Huge congratulations to Rupert Wallis on the publication of his debut novel, THE DARK INSIDE.

As part of Simon & Schuster’s blog week, today Rupert will talk about his experience of the publishing process. You can read the blog post on So Many Books, So Little Time.

‘What my editor, Jane, helped me to do was tease out some of the story elements that were lurking in the background, almost as if I was adjusting the equalizer settings on a stereo, toning up certain aspects such as: the relationships between the characters, the world of the story, and some of the darker, more magical elements.  What I have learnt from this is that a writer needs to be very clear about how they want their story to be so they can justify its content when challenged.  Having a good working relationship with an editor is key and I was very lucky to be able to work with Jane who helped me see things about my manuscript I had not noticed before’  – Rupert Wallis

S&S blog schedule:

  • 27th Jan – Fiction Fascination (1024 / 1448 Twitter) – Rupert on writing The Dark Inside
  • 28th Jan – The Book Babblers (4296 Twitter) – Madeleine Milburn on discovering the book
  • 29th Jan Feeling Fictional (1165 / 2393 Twitter) – Jane Griffiths on editing The Dark Inside
  • 30th Jan – So Many Books, So Little Time (801 / 762 Twitter) – Rupert on the publishing process as an author
  • 31st Jan – Once Upon a Bookcase (651 /809 Twitter) – Paul on designing the cover for The Dark Inside
  • 1st Feb – Wondrous Reads (1689 / 4856 Twitter) – Kat on marketing a book like The Dark Inside
  • 2nd Feb –Books For Company (2182 / 998 Twitter) – Blogger questions and answers from Rupert

THE DARK INSIDE is out now in bookstores and on Amazon.


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News & Reviews: Geoffrey Malone and Lara Williamson


DEAD BOYS' CLUB by Geoffrey Malone

Stephen King, The School Librarian

‘This harrowing tale of 12 year of Sam Mbale is sure to be popular with boys aged 10 to 14.

… The descriptions of forced marches, AK-47 training and drug-fuelled shoot-outs with rival private armies leave little to the imagination, but the subject is handled in such a sensitive and perceptive way, with excellent characterization and good plot lines. The introduction of white colonial issues of control and greed – including depictions of child slave labour in a gold mine – are only too real, and this book will be useful to support lessons on other cultures, current affairs and PSHEE.

… An uncomfortable but compelling read, I expect to see Dead Boys’ Club appear on book award long-lists, at the very least.’

Child’s review of THE DEAD BOYS’ CLUB, The Guardian online

‘With a plot of the book focusing primarily on the child soldiers, Dead Boys’ Club is informative, educating those who choose to read the book about the grave problems regarding child armies in places such as Africa and also some parts of Asia and South America.

… The characterization and plot of the book is extremely interesting. The two slightly different stories that are simultaneously being told (child soldiers and gold mining) continue to engage the attention of the reader.

… Geoffrey Malone deserves our praise for bring that issue into the spotlight. Thus, I vehemently recommend this book to all the children of our age group and hope they enjoy it as much as I did.’



A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson

Usbourne’ Campaign for Williamson debut, The Bookseller

‘Usborne has launched an extensive social media campaign to promote debut novel A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson, which will be published in March.

Usborne has sent bloggers special proof copies and appointed “hope operatives” to read the book, then leave it in a public place for someone to find. This generated a variety of shareable content, including a photo of a copy of the book in Venice. The campaign, which has the hashtag of #ABoyCalledHope on Twitter, has seen coverage on social media, YouTube and blogs’

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