…At least for now. A quick glance at the Kitty Slade page will tell you that many, many readers have been asking about this, so I felt it was time to post something official on the subject. Here is the situation: my publishers, Orchard, decided to call it a day with number four. This does not mean there will *never* be any more Kitty Slade books – it just means not right now. Or next month. Or, because of how publishing works, next year. Will there be any in 2014? Will you care? (You might have moved onto adult books by then!) I don’t know. All I can tell you is that if you’re a fan of Kitty Slade (and I know there are quite a number of you out there!) I suggest you:
1. Tell all your friends about the books. Word of mouth is one of the best ways for books to gather readers;
2. Similarly, if you blog, then blog about Kitty Slade;
3. Ask your school’s literacy coordinator if they could arrange for me to visit your school;
4. Write to Orchard! Maybe you and your friends could all sign a letter – the more names there are, the better! The address:Megan Larkin, Editorial Director, Orchard Books 338 Euston Road London
NW1 3BH email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
But the first of these is the most important one. Orchard have to make money; if the books start selling like hot cakes, they will want to do more!
I am currently working on something quite different, but I love Kitty Slade too, and would very happily return to her if asked. Sorry not to have better news for you. Here’s hoping things improve! Thank you all for your lovely messages, it means a lot to me.