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5 Tips - How To Do YALC

2nd August 2017 | Books

5 Tips - How To Do YALC

The Young Adult Literature Convention took place for the first time in 2014 and it returned this year in full force. Inviting everyone with a love for books, it allows you to learn so much more about the world of publishing. Here are a few tips on how to have an amazing weekend at YALC.

Here are Lekhika Chaudhary’s tips on how to how to get the most out of the event.

1 – Create a timetable
Make sure you know in advance what the schedule is like. This is super important as then you can plan what workshops, panels, talks to attend and which authors to meet. This also ensures that you don’t end up missing out on something key! Everything is up on the YALC website and the timetable is released well in advance! This will ensure you have a smooth weekend and that it is one you have made the most out of.

2 – Take a bag
The temptation to purchase all the books on display and to take more than one freebie is actually unreal. Make sure you take a large and comfortable bag to store all your goodies! A rucksack will do; however if you know that you cannot resist books: a small suitcase might be ideal! (P.S. many people brought one and it was a fabulous idea!).


3 – Know what you want out of your weekend
It is super important to know what you want to achieve from the convention. Do you want to purchase some books that are recommended to you based on your tastes? Do you want to join a book club? Do you want to talk to publishing agents about publishing your secret novel? Do you want a career in publishing? Whatever…

Electric Voices: Interview with Emily Barr

15th June 2017 | Books

Electric Voices: Interview with Emily Barr

We love Emily Barr.

OK, we can’t just write that – but it’s very true.

Emily Barr is truly expanding the remit of what it means to be a YA author – after all, that’s why we selected her as one of our Electric Voices authors (for more information on what that means, click here).


Although the author of thirteen adult books, including ‘Backpack’ an adult thriller which won the WH Smith New Talent Award, ‘The One Memory of Flora Banks’ is her first YA novel – and it’s unlike anything we have read before (in a good way… a very very good way).

The One Memory of Flora Banks’ follows Flora, a teenage girl who lives with anterograde amnesia and has to re-remember her life several times each day. The book is set against the backdrop of an obsessive first love, with a setting that moves between Cornwall and the midnight sun of the Arctic summer.

James Gilmore interviewed Emily Barr about the book and kicks off our year of following the journey to her next book...

James Gilmore interviews Emily Barr

James Gilmore interviews Emily Barr about her debut YA book 'The One Memory of Flora Banks' to kick off Electric Voices as we follow Emily in the next year following the journey to her next book... (13 minutes)

Introducing: Electric Voices

15th June 2017 | Books

Introducing: Electric Voices

W!ZARD Radio Media is proud to launch Electric Voices, our new initiative to promote exciting YA authors.

Electric Voices will be following the journey’s of three YA authors over the course of 12 months who will be working with W!ZARD Radio Media across the year to track their journey, through writing, promotion and all of the highs and lows of being a YA author.

The initiative will be launching with Penguin Random House UK and three of their authors: Emily Barr (‘The One Memory of Flora Banks’), Julie Israel (‘Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index’) and Karen M. McManus (‘One Of Us Is Lying’).

Through-out the upcoming year, W!ZARD Radio Station will be collaborating with all three authors on interviews, thought-pieces, music-related projects and more – bringing young readers closer than ever to YA talent.

Click here to hear our first piece of content as part of Electric Voices - an interview with Emily Barr.