Robot Dragons From Mars - the beginning

Initially, Robot Dragons were going to live in a world similar to those created by Anne McCaffrey.

It was going to be a hard-hitting story about Robot Dragons which come and try to invade the Earth, and last year I wrote half a chapter with exactly this in mind. But at some stage, these funny little characters just came along and took over the whole idea and instead of flying around attacking us, all they wanted to do was sit around eating and playing.

crowdfunding dragons

Crowdfunding Dragons

Crowdfunding dragons
So, the story of the Robot Dragons From Mars was born, and somehow, the idea of setting up a crowdfunding project also arrived at the same time.

Robot Dragons From Mars Publicity Video


I'm really pleased to reveal this publicity video for my new book, Robot Dragons Come From Mars.

It is a picture book aimed at 4+ years and I will be launching a crowdfunding application about it very soon.

In the meantime, I hope you really enjoy the video and do visit Seb's website to see more great examples of his work.

Exciting New Project!

I have been working on an amazing new project which will be announced soon!

Three, Two, One, Nanowrimo!

Its that time of year again.
November sees the start of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month for anyone who has been living in a dark cave for the past few years.

There is Nanowrimo for grown ups here,
and for younger people here:

The difference is that in the Young Writer's Program, there are cool tips, writing prompts, more pep talks and booklets which help you to get started creating your characters, plots and settings. Useful for older people too!

The basic premise is to write 50,000 words in the month of November, no editing, no correcting or going back to see what you have written. It can be meticulously planned or a 'seat-of-the-pants' thrill-ride to see what appears.

My first book, Norbert de Strangle and the Great Museum Robbery, was crafted during Nanowrimo 2010.

It is not an easy thing, most writing is a real labour of love, but Nanowrimo really helps to get you in the mood. If you join your local group, you can go along to meetings and talk to real live people. There are write-ins, prompts, and general support from all quarters.

This year, the Oxfordshire group have challenged Lexington, Kentucky to a word war which should be interesting!

This year it has been mentioned in The Telegraph newspaper, as well as blogs and newspapers around the world. Wattpad are sponsoring it and several other organisations offer special incentives to nano winners - those lucky few who manage to reach the goal of 50K words at the end.

I will write about offers and incentives in the next few days.

Not bad for 21writers who had first had the idea back in 1999!

Follow nano on twitter:


and its founder, @ChrisBaty

who tweeted yesterday:

Chris Baty @chrisbaty 1 Nov

Woke up to @Randomhouse tweeting NaNo encouragement and #NaNoWriMo trending on Twitter. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO WRITE WITH ALL THIS EXCITEMENT?

Good stuff.