Shameless self-promotion: I like this story…

…yes I know i made it up and it’s probably not my best work, but I like It. I like Dug, his inventing Granddad, his friends the surprising Glory and long-suffering Patrick and the Glory’s foster mum, the lovely Ophelia. I even like the baddies – Brooke, Madison, Clint and their horrible dad.
And what I’ve just remembered is that kids do too! Yay!
Looking for pictures of stuff I can make to go in my Etsy shop (link to come later) I found this:
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Having indulged in despair for a few months now, this reminded me why I persevere.

A few years ago my friend Lorraine ( the lovely teacher who administered this year’s Chalkface Challenge) gave my story Your Magic, Duggie Bones to her Year 5/6 children to read. They’d never met me and I still haven’t met them but they seemed to like Duggie.

This morale boosting experiment gave me the idea for The Chalkface Challenge, the only competition judged by children and shadow judged by industry pros. I’m grateful to SCBWI for letting me use Words and Pictures to indulge my whims! It’s been great when our professional judges have taken notice of the children’s choices – which haven’t always been the same as their own. Of course, the big downside to this competition is that I can’t enter it so it was really nice having almost finished sending this years  comments out to authors, that I found mine.
I also almost completely forgot that another very kind teacher friend did this for me too:

and this:

he also said this:

“Teacher who has scripts said kids who are reading it keep badgering
him for more time to finish it. One asked if it was going to be
published. (they know nothing)”

Duggie has been soundly rejected by LOTS of agents and a couple of publishers and I haven’t got the heart to send him out again also currently touting another much darker story. However reminding myself that kids from two different schools liked him makes me feel good and confident enough to share with you.

If you think your children may enjoy him too you can buy him on kindle here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Youre-Magic-Duggie-Bones-ebook/dp/B00EODNWA4