July 2007 News
The 12th June 2007 was quite an exciting evening. At Tile Hill Wood School and Language College, we launched the book we had spent several months putting together. It was quite a magical evening. The girls dressed in their best. Amazingly, many of them in a pink which matched the cover of the book. We managed to sell almost all of the copies we had bought form the printer. Several students read out their work. It really was an occasion, enhanced even more by delicious snacks and refreshing fruit juices. Even the sun came out after days of rain and we had a lovely warm summer evening.
I certainly enjoyed my time with the girls of Year 8. We me three times altogether. On the first occasion, we talked about story building and looked at some writing techniques. The girls then went on to use them as part of some of their English lessons and homework. On that first visit, too, we also decided which two charities we were going to support – NSPCC and Childline. So, a book about childhood seemed very appropriate.
In the next visit, we concentrated on editing. We also looked at writing in other languages which is very much about learning to make the most of what you know and using that small amount very creatively. More work carried on in class and as for homework. The girls were encouraged in this by librarian Bridge Hamlet and English teacher Becky Ford.
Our final meting included designing the book, designing a cover, editing, copy editing, working out a critical time plan, planning a marketing campaign and thinking about the launch. Some of the Year 10 girls joined us to help us think out a business plan. This was a very lively session with much argument and discussion and finally much agreement. Part of the school certainly turned into a publishing house for much of the day.
The excitement rose as I put the finishing touches to the book. I think we are all staggered at how well it turned out. It had only seemed like a dream until we held the first copies in our hands.
Personally, I was delighted with how well the girls did. They were so professional about their writing and the production of the book. Now wonder it turned out so well.
Actually, I’m still looking for two other schools to work on producing anthologies with. My time will be absolutely free of charge, though I may ask for travel expenses. There will be some small set up costs for getting the first books printed. Contact me if you’re interested.