|We can see youuuuuu|
We gathered in the little chat room next to the video window, waiting for something to happen, drinking wine and wondering who would sit next to the laptop.
Hopefully they'll be other blogs covering what was said and by whom at the actual event. I've stolen most of the chat conversation and pasted it below so anyone who missed out can get a feel of what it was like watching the launch on the 'tinternet. Unfortunately I lost the start of the chat, which mainly involved me pretending to be a ghost and people getting wine.
ruthfitz: Hello from Ruth Fitzgerald!
MLynas: Are we all being patient? Or have you all gone?
Nicky5: we're all being patient, quietly sipping our wine
Mark: Being patient or fetching wine I guess
MLynas: Hello Ruth
Tracy: yep -what Nicky said
ruthfitz: this is so clever Sara
MLynas: We can see you!
ruthfitz: I have lemon & ginger tea - is that wussy?
saramoo: Two judges MIA. Hope to start soon.
Mark: Oooo, get to stare at julia Churhill all night... (Honestly, Lauren, a masked ninja broke into the flat and typed this! - Mark)
MLynas: Don't you just wish you were there?
Tracy: But isn't this such a fab idea - for the first time I feel part of it all!!!! :D
ruthfitz: Yep - as long as someone spoke to me!
Nicky5: Tracy - major ditto there! :-)
Nicky5: Hi Maureen!
ruthfitz: Hello Lesley
Nicky5: Hi Lesley
MLynas: Me too, Tracy, I hate the 'you might be interested in - something else in London!
LesleyM: Hello Ruth! this is amazing
Tracy: So true Maureen!!
MLynas: Hi Nicky!
ruthfitz: Yes - fab!
LesleyM: I wish they had big name stickers on!
MLynas: What's on the other side?
Nicky5: They do, they're just in front of them, angled so we can't see!
ruthfitz: Ha! I can't believe all this is coming though Sara's phone
LesleyM: Of course!!
MLynas: Julia's pointing at us!
LesleyM: what kind of phone?
ruthfitz: Smarter than mine!
Nicky5: probably an iphone or an android
Nicky5: uh-huh - like the Samsung Galaxy, very smart phone :-)
LesleyM: was imagining large robot
Mark: It's a laptop connected to the phone, I think (sorry for being pedantic)
LesleyM: thank you mark!
Nicky5: Mark, you're right :-)
MLynas: She's pointing again. she must like us
ruthfitz: Well I'm impressed - I'm sure we don't have them in Ipswich!
LesleyM: or Dorset
MLynas: So, who's got a story ready to send?
LesleyM: should we stop talking when they begin?
Nicky5: they won't hear us if we whisper... ;-)
MLynas: :) Nicky
LesleyM: 'whispers' have a story maureen - not sure if ready!
saramoo: hi all! sara grant here. just about ready!
MLynas: 'whispers back' i have one too
Nicky5: hi SaraG
MLynas: Hi Sara
LesleyM: Hi Sara - so excited!
ruthfitz: I have one - not sure if it's a story!
Nicky5: I swear I can hear Bex Hill in all that hubbub...
ruthfitz: Hi Sara
saramoo: can you hear ok?
MLynas: I can, thanks
Nicky5: it's a bit soft, but that's the distance Sara is from the mic
LesleyM: yes thanks, just ok
supergirl2000: Not very clear for me either, but might be my rubbish speakers!
annemarie: I can hear you just fine Sara.
Mark: First question for all judges: name your favourite book from childhood. Just incase anyone missed it.
LesleyM: Thanks mark, i missed it
ruthfitz: It's a little quiet but probably just because I'm on my laptop
Nicky5: I think it has to do with the distance each of the speakers is from the laptop microphone
Tracy: It's a bit hard to hear the distant speakers
Nicky5: is that Jasmin answering now?
LesleyM: who's this?
Tracy: Is it Jenny Savill?
Nicky5: I think so
saramoo: it's jenny
saramoo: this is Rachel Boden
Nicky5: thanks, Sara!
saramoo: now it's amber caraveo
saramoo: volume better
MLynas: I'm sensing a theme!
Tracy: yes thanks :)
steph_mcgregor: Sorry, I'm lurking. Listening. Hi all ;)
MLynas: Hi Steph
Nicky5: hi Steph! ;-)
saramoo: and finally Julia Churchill
Nicky5: Sara, can you "introduce" the speakers again - we didn't get the names of those at the top of the table - thanks
saramoo: this is catherine pelligrino
saramoo: can you hear?
Tracy: just about
Mark: Are all the judges female?
Nicky5: thanks, Sara!
annemarie: thanks sara!
saramoo: this is dagmar glelditch
LesleyM: such a help!
Nicky5: thanks, again! :-)
saramoo: now it's jo anne the book seller from foyles
Tracy: what was this book?
saramoo: swim the fly
saramoo: it's not out yet
saramoo: now jasmine from OUP
Nicky5: woohoo, Dave Cousins!
saramoo: her book is 15 days without a head by UV-er dave cousins
MLynas: And yay!
MLynas: Sounds excellent!
LesleyM: like the bra bit ..
saramoo: now jenny savill an agent from andrew nurnberg associates
saramoo: rachel boden at egmont
saramoo: her book is the magnificient moon hare
saramoo: now amber caraveo from orion
saramoo: amber is talking about Kate Harrison's Soul Beach
MLynas: Falling in love with the dead never goes well
LesleyM: speaking from experience?
MLynas: Contact me afterwards. It's an interesting story!
LesleyM: Oooh. Shudder.
Nicky5: Maureen, we could compare notes...
saramoo: now julia at greenhouse literary
LesleyM: better view thanks sara
MLynas: What was the book?
saramoo: catherine asked who she recommends.. meg rossof's how i live now
saramoo: jenny's is the graveyard book by neil gaimen
saramoo: julia says the read broadly and be a fan
saramoo: oops forgive my typos!
louisekelly: don't worry about typos - this is an amazing treat!
MLynas: Hi Louise!
saramoo: egmont not looking for straight historical and no high fantasy
louisekelly: oohps - won't be sending my girl living in the 14th century to egmont then!!!!
louisekelly: hi Mrs lynch
saramoo: egmont want 8 to 10 adventure with humour
saramoo: survival stories
MLynas: Hi! Pay attention!
saramoo: dagmar looking for younger stuff and funny
saramoo: she says she wants humour that can travel
MLynas: I write funny stuff and I have a car!
saramoo: ha ha
LesleyM: need a plane for this!
louisekelly: she said not TOO funny Maureen!!!
MLynas: There's no such thing as too funny
saramoo: they are emphasizing more younger fiction
louisekelly: who is the Julia they are referring to?
MLynas: Mine's very young1
Mark: Goblins are getting a hard time.
|It's all over bar the drinking|
saramoo: actively looking for ya for new imprint
saramoo: jo anne says memorable characters or first page that grabs you
saramoo: rachel says original characters make a book stand out and writing that stands out
saramoo: catherine says voice, character and voice
saramoo: jasmine: has book have theme that kids can relate to
saramoo: pitfall: slow start. she gives ms 50 pages
MLynas: That many!
saramoo: jenny's pitfall: too many words, too few words and the wrong words
saramoo: julia: entering scene too early and leave too late
saramoo: any questions
saramoo: i'll ask for you
Tracy: What do they class as epic fantasy?
Nicky5: good question, Tracy!
Tracy: thanks sara :)
Nicky5: we know everyone's looking for younger fiction, but are they still taking on YA fiction, though perhaps not as much as before?
Tracy: What about gritty urban YA realism?
Nicky5: ie where is the YA market...?
MLynas: Could you thank everyone for letting us listen in.
Nicky5: Yes, please! This has been so great to be part of!
steph_mcgregor: how long is the synopsis supposed to be? Did I miss it?
Tracy: Big thank you from me too :)
Mark: 75 words I think
ruthfitz: Thanks - really informative too
steph_mcgregor: (thank you )
supergirl2000: Thanks very much for this video link - its brilliant for those of us who have to stay home with the children
MLynas: Can we do this again?
Nicky5: ooh, yes, please!
LesleyM: Please! 'Wild applause'
saramoo: bye all
Thanks for the stream and good luck to everyone that enters!