On the evening of 23rd August Strange Chemistry invited me to the British Library to be part of the welcome party for their new YA Imprint.
I was in a rush and all hot and bothered once I arrived (and had to get directed to the correct door which was a bit embarrassing for me) I was welcomed by the Strange Chemistry folk and I grabbed some water before I passed out with dehydration. Many other lovely bloggers were already in the lobby and we all ushered into the conference room where we took seats and received a Strange Chemistry goodie bag before Amanda Rutter (looking lovely in her dress for the evening) introduced us to the Strange Chemistry thesis and background. They want to try new things and ideas about reaching the YA audience with all means from digital books, author interaction and stories they are completely behind and believe in.
|Amanda presenting the evening|
I've been lucky enough to read a couple of their launch titles and they certainly are stories that stay with you and I love some of the ideas they are launching such as giving away digital copies with the purchase of the physical books and the idea of buying a subscription to their titles to get a cheaper rate. It's more about investing in a publisher and their authors not just buying one off books. Everyone benefits!
We had some readings from some of the Strange Chemistry authors and then it was a nice catch up over popping candy in test tubes, some freebie books and fancy snacks (way to fancy for me but I tried one and have no clue what it was)
Be sure to go to the Strange Chemistry website HERE to read up on each of their titles and authors. Personally I'm so thrilled for Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings (whose agent I met at the launch event and was very lovely as well) and after hearing a reading at the launch I'm really keyed up for Kayta's World by Jonathan L. Horward.
To go along with my smiley face for the Strange Chemistry folk I'm giving away a special Strange Chemistry tote bag, some promo cards for forthcoming titles and a ARC copy of Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings (my review is here and to sum up; I loved it)
It's a UK only giveaway and last a week.