Alix Long
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Writing as ‘Alix’, Alix Long is a prominent author on Movellas.com, which serves as a YouTube for stories allowing teens to self-publish books.

Having written stories since she was 13 the great feedback she received online has prompted Alix to start thinking about becoming a professional author and send her novel, Finding Theo, to literary agents.

This blog charts her story as she juggles becoming the next JK Rowling (!) with studying for her GCSE’s, as well as looking at teen reading trends, developments in the publishing industry and above all stands up for teens.

Entries by Alix Long

The Emerging Cult of Celebrity Authors Moving in on the Industry

(0) Comments | Posted 5 September 2014 | (15:02)

Recently, there has been an explosion of A-List celebrities and YouTube megastars gaining their own book deals, with the likes of publishing giants such as Penguin. From teen idols Kendall and Kylie Jenner to online sensation Zoe Sugg, announcements seem to be springing up from everywhere about a new piece...

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Young Literary Star Has a Debut Novel... And Still Wants More

(2) Comments | Posted 27 August 2014 | (19:27)

Articles in the press expressing the impressive creative capability of young people come, sadly, few and far between. What with GCSE syllabus changes and university places getting more and more competitive, sometimes we let the stories about young people who fight the norm slip easily through the cracks. In our...

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How We Should Teach Shakespeare in Schools

(0) Comments | Posted 10 August 2014 | (11:03)

Recently, I got in contact with Brendan Kelso, author of successful series Shakespeare for Kids, and got into conversation regarding my little sister and how she was finding studying Shakespeare in school. I could imagine, being in a class of nine and ten year olds, this wasn't as much of...

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The Impending Doom for 'Soft Subject' GCSEs

(6) Comments | Posted 3 June 2014 | (17:43)

When I look back to the 15-year-old I was this time last year, it seems hard to believe that I was right slap-bang in the middle of my GCSEs, ploughing through the revision, and hadn't yet suffered a mental breakdown. As much as adults and teachers like to tell us...

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Why Teenagers Are Supporting Ukip

(0) Comments | Posted 28 May 2014 | (18:24)

Now, I'm not one for politics. If anything, until I am able to vote, I will always hate election time. The reasons for this are numerous. For one, I have to withstand local politicians knocking on the door, and when I politely tell them that my parents are not in,...

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Teenagers Get... Political?

(0) Comments | Posted 15 December 2013 | (16:06)

It's not very often that you see a competition on a teen writing website inviting young people to write a piece of journalism on politics- in any case without there being a dedicated crowd of judges ready to burn their eyes off with articles like 'Bieber For President!' or the...

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'She Is Not Invisible' Book Review

(0) Comments | Posted 18 November 2013 | (19:40)

This was a complete and utter gem of a book, and I loved it so much that I even re-purchased it for my friend (I pray that she isn't reading this now!) as a birthday present. Right from the first page I was enchanted by the characters and the storyline,...

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Marcus Sedgwick Interview

(0) Comments | Posted 10 November 2013 | (19:48)

This is the first in a series of blog posts about Read for RNIB, which is run by the charity that took place on 11 October, and looks to raise the profile of all issues surrounding visual impairment, and multi award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick and his new novel 'She Is...

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Online-publishing Teenagers Create a Whole New Meaning for Poetry

(0) Comments | Posted 1 November 2013 | (17:01)

There was an item recently on the news that sent me into a quivering state of complete and utter horror (which, let's be honest, isn't that difficult with the news nowadays). The smiley news-man revealed with a full set of pearly teeth that the literacy rate of people in the...

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See You on the Other Side?

(0) Comments | Posted 27 April 2013 | (13:42)

So this is it. Finally, after almost two years of mocks and modules and in some cases re-sits, I am finally entering the murky couple of months of GCSEs.

It may not seem like that much of a big deal to some people, as they are often overshadowed by...

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A Tidy Desk Equals a Tidy Mind... But Does It?

(1) Comments | Posted 30 March 2013 | (09:43)

This week, I came back from a long, grovelling, backbreaking (you get the idea) day at school to find that my room had been ever so slightly... re-arranged. It wasn't the fact that my bed and chest of drawers were on opposite sides of the room: the issue lay much...

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The Day I Went Back to School...

(0) Comments | Posted 22 March 2013 | (21:10)

There aren't many times in your life when you can look back to a seemingly insignificant moment in time and say, "I really think I made a difference there." But that moment happened to me only two weeks ago now, and it's still a day I look back on with...

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The Future

(0) Comments | Posted 2 February 2013 | (18:40)

This week, instead of droning on and on about the supposed 'rights' and general 'bad aspects' of teenage life, I have decided to jolly things up a bit and drift over to a supposedly optimistic subject to most teenagers. So here's hoping I will achieve my objective: to share my...

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The Truth About Those Terrible Teens...

(1) Comments | Posted 26 January 2013 | (18:53)

Ahh, teenagers. Don't you just love them? The floppy haircuts, the incomprehensible mumbling, and the bedrooms that look like the site of a nuclear explosion. We're an interesting bunch, and sadly often frowned up by adults all over the world. Fair to say sometimes we deserve it, but I feel...

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Make Way - the Teenage Writers Are Taking Over the Industry

(1) Comments | Posted 3 January 2013 | (11:48)

Life as a teenager in today's society has its ups and downs. Exams, endless nagging by every adult you know and constant pressure to keep with the 'in' crowd. Sometimes it's hard to find a balance for all the things you like doing. Ask any of my friends. From sleeping...

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