Saving the Storyline

1107There’s been lots of author chit chat this week following Tuesday’s House of Commons debate hosted by the ALCS (Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society). It’s clear from the survey that preceded it that the author is an endangered species whose earnings have dropped more than a third since 2005.  The threats are numerous; Amazon’s egomania, the advent of cheap ebooks, illegal downloads etc.

Amongst the authors at Awfully Big Blog Adventure, there’s a real fear that if authors can’t afford to live, they will simply stop creating or end up re-hashing existing story lines in order to increase productivity (much like the fate of some recent scriptwriting and the impact of Blake Snyder’s “Save the Cat“). 

It’s a grim thought.

At Book and Kitchen we love authors. We want to inspire them, feed them and encourage new ones. That’s why we are thrilled to be playing host to Karenanne Knight’s Masterclass in September.


Author and illustrator of “The Picture Book Maker” (described by Read it Daddy as “The Bible” of children’s writing and illustration), Karenanne offers a unique 10 week course. Her previous students include Emma Yarlett, author of Orion and the Dark, and Gemma O’Neill, author of Oh Dear Geoffrey. 

If you have a children’s book that’s waiting to be created (be it in your head or scribbled on the back of a shopping list) this is the kickstart you need.  Sessions take place on Mondays from 6-9pm in a bookshop lock-in with guest visits from publishers and authors.

For more details on how to sign up visit our website.