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 Post subject: Re: GGBP News 3
PostPosted: 15 Sep 2020, 16:33 
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Really looking forward to details for The Chalet School in Guernsey being announced soon. Also interesting to see Lisa Townsend is writing a fill-in for 2021 publication... is this for a gap between Goes to it / Robin and Highland Twins by any chance? And thank goodness the cover is being updated for Difficult Term! :)
Is the India book still on the cards do we know?
Also really happy that Jo Returns is next on the list, as it means the Tirol books have all been issued at last!


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PostPosted: 15 Sep 2020, 19:43 
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I’m looking forward to details of The CS in Guernsey being issued soon as well. I’m delighted we’ll have a fill in from Lisa Townsend in 2021. I don’t know what period her fill in will cover. It will be interesting to find out. I think it’s quite unusual for a new cover to be created for a reissue of a fill in. I don’t think GGBP have ever done that before. I actually think Yersinia Press changed the cover of their version of Cornelia when they reissued it. I don’t know if GGBP are still going ahead with India or not.


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PostPosted: 02 Oct 2020, 14:25 
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GGBP have announced “The Chalet School in Guernsey” by Katherine Bruce will be published in November. Congratulations KB.


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It’s quite interesting that Mélanie Kerdec of the “Mystic M” will start at the CS in “The Chalet School in Guernsey”.


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She turned up in one of the wartime books, but no reference was made to the Mystic M, and her friend Myfanwy didn't seem to be there.

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There was a pupil called Myfanwy Davies mentioned in books 14-16, but no sign of a sister Morwenna, so perhaps a different girl?


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Different Myfanwy I think


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I didn’t realise that Melanie Kerdec actually appeared in one of the war books. I thought that at the end of New CS it was stated that she was to join the CS the following term and that we never heard about her again.


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I’m really looking forward to this book - thank you for your hard work KB! :D


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PostPosted: 06 Oct 2020, 00:18 
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GGBP have announced the CS/EBD books they will be doing next year. They will be printing Jo Returns and Peggy. They will be reprinting Problem. They will be reprinting Difficult Term by Lisa Townsend with a new cover. They will be publishing a new fill in by Lisa Townsend. They will be printing the three evangelical titles - Beechy, Nesta and Leader in Spite of herself. They think they can print these three in one volume as they are all short. They will reprint Lorna at Wynyards. They will reprint Stepsisters for Lorna in 2022.


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Thank you all for your very kind words about Guernsey! I hope you all enjoy reading it!

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I didn’t realise that Melanie Kerdec actually appeared in one of the war books. I thought that at the end of New CS it was stated that she was to join the CS the following term and that we never heard about her again.


I think you are thinking of Maria Marani, Chloe. Her father wants her to come to the school immediately in New CS, but Miss Annersley says they cannot fit her in and that she will have to come the following term. She appears in Carol Allen's Gillian.

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And I think you are both thinking of Maria Balbini.... :lol:


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*lol* You are right, Caroline. My brain was too busy realising I had forgotten to include my justification about Myfanwy Davies in my Afterword to get that right.

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Caroline and KB - as both of you have worked with GGBP would you be able to share with us the process behind getting your work published with them? Only if you are allowed to of course!


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Hmmm... Not sure these days, my books were a while ago :D

I think I started by submitting short stories for the FOCS magazine, and had quite a few published. When I thought about writing something longer, I let GGBP know, and checked that no one was already writing about the term I had in mind. They’d already seen my stories, so I guess knew that what I’d write would be authentic.

I don’t remember sharing any of my books with them till they were complete (not finished, of course - there was editing to go through :lol: ) but I don’t know if that would be the case these days.

And then, the editing process took several months, with a chapter by chapter review by my editor, rounds of revisions to make, discussions about key points, proof reading, typesetting, discussions about cover art - I suggested illustrations for one book, GGBP had great ideas for the other two.

Deira was quite quick to publish, I knew what I was doing by then. Robin was a learning curve for both me and my editor, first book for both of us. Juliet was complicated, I had to remove a whole plotline, and it was very much too long. The editing process is quite painful, your work is being criticised (in a good way) but all three books were much better for it. You can’t be impartial about your own work, it takes an outside view to do that.


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PostPosted: 10 Oct 2020, 00:28 
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You are right Caroline. I was thinking of Maria Balbini. I didn’t realise that she showed up in Gillian.


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My path to publication was rather different. I had written and put stories up here, and then wrote the events of the end of the war in an abbreviated way, which I decided I would try to write as a full book equivalent. I got a lot of encouragement to send it to GGB to see if they would be interested since New Beginnings had just been published (1999). I had not printed anything in either FOCS or NCC so I was going in cold. I heard back that they were keen but would need quite a lot of things changed (a LOT of the original focused on adults rather than the school). The process of editing was long and challenging and took a little over five years.

I got the idea for Muller Twins a bit after Peace came out, and checked with my editor that nobody was already doing that term. That book took two years to write and edit, so quite a bit faster. I was also doing short stories and things during the same period. Juniors' storyline came to me while writing Muller Twins, and I followed the same process although it took only six months from start to finish. Cornelia was the same. Guernsey has been a little different because I had to go to Guernsey to get knowledge of the location and the history so I did a lot of prep work before I went and then wrote the book while I was there and after I came back.

I have a few more ideas and I check with my editor if anyone else has 'bagged' them before starting to do any work on them since otherwise it's a waste of time. (For instance, I had considered writing the period that Amy wrote, but before I had done more than work out a timeline, I checked with the editors and was told that someone else was doing it. I changed to the school term instead.)

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Interesting how we both accelerated with each book :D

I think Robin took maybe three or four years from start to finish. Juliet was two to three years, and I had the idea for Deira while writing it, and so wrote them more or less back to back, so maybe two years for her. There was a waiting period involved in Deira’s gestation, for Guides to be published.

After writing solidly for 10 years up to 2009, while working full time, and hardly reading anything but CS books and 1920/30s research books, I’ve not even thought about writing another since!! Respect to KB for her output :lol:

I should also name check Carol Allan, author of Gillian. The first fill in GGBP published, Carol’s effort inspired me to write my books.


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Thank you Caroline and KB! It’s really interesting to hear your different routes to getting published....and your dedication!


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Laura would you ever consider writing a fill in? Or anybody else?


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