Category Archives: Producing a Middle Grade Book

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It has found a new home on my website. Please come and have a look: alexhallatt.com/blog/

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My Children’s Book About Bullying is Now on Amazon

FAB (Friends Against Bullying) Club went live on Amazon last month. Woo-hoo! When I was planning FAB, I was going to be living in New Zealand when the book came out. I wanted to take the book around schools and … Continue reading

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Creating a Children’s Chapter Book 16: The Crowd Edit

Chapter 10 went out this week. There are 12 chapters in the book, so the crowd edit will be over soon. I’m a little sad, as I’m enjoying the whole process. I’ve learned a lot about how the book works (or didn’t) … Continue reading

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Creating a Middle Grade Children’s Book 10: Character Tweaks

  I’m planning on publishing the book when I get back to New Zealand and want to make the book more representative of Kiwis. I’ve decided to make Trevor of Polynesian heritage. Trevor is one of my favourite characters, as … Continue reading

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Creating a Middle Grade Children’s Book 9: Roughs Finished

The roughs are finished, YES!!!!! The next stage is to tidy up some loose ends (um, like, consistency of character looks) before I get onto the inking.

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Creating a Middle Grade Book 8: Roughs on Food

A friend of mine asked me why there was so much food in the book. When I was a kid, the food in books like the Famous Five adventures was something I loved. I think it was because, as a … Continue reading

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Creating a Middle Grade Book 7: Treehouse Roughs

Rough treehouse reference I never had a treehouse as a kid, though I desperately wanted one. I had to content myself with just climbing trees and I once helped someone build one when I was 13. I was too old … Continue reading

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Creating a Middle Grade Book 6: Loads of Roughs

After Ruth joins FAB, I have the kids go out and collect materials for their clubhouse. Then (with some adult help) they build the tree house. I’m not sure that today’s 11-12 year olds would be allowed to roam so … Continue reading

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Creating a Middle Grade Book 5: Even More Roughs

Even though it is a deliberately basic drawing, the first rough entertained me the most in this drawing session, which shows just how puerile I am… Ruth finds the knuckleheads have dumped stink bombs in her locker. The knuckleheads have … Continue reading

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Creating a Middle Grade Book 4: More Roughs

The boys tactic of banding together against the bullies works well, as they can message each other to get help. Ruth turns down the offer to join FAB Club Of course something happens to make her change her mind, and … Continue reading

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