Alix Long
Alix Long is a 17 year old self-publishing writer and blogger.

Having read and written stories since she was five-years-old, the great feedback she received from publishing online prompted Alix to start thinking about becoming a professional author and sending her work to literary agents. This has led to Alix appearing on Sky News and visiting schools to give talks about writing and the publishing industry. In the meantime, she reads unendingly, scratches countless ideas into notebooks and blogs on Delightful Book Reviews.

This blog charts her story as she juggles becoming the next JK Rowling (!) with studying for her A Levels, as well as looking at teen reading trends, developments in the publishing industry and interviewing the authors that inspire her the most.

Entries by Alix Long

Why Clare Carson's 'Orkney Twilight' Is Set to Be Summer's Hottest Thriller...

(0) Comments | Posted 7 May 2015 | (19:00)

I read books. I review books. I talk to people about books. Books take up an immense proportion of my life. However, being a teenager, sometimes it is way too easy to slip into the sociocultural safety net of reading, reviewing and talking about YA books. They make sense to...

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World Book Night

(0) Comments | Posted 26 April 2015 | (22:42)

Sometimes it takes nothing more than a shocking statistic to spur you into action. You could see the number in a newspaper, on a bus, on a billboard. No matter the size, shape or length of the platform on which it is displayed; the number jumps out at you, blinding...

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Interview With 'The Minnow' Author Diana Sweeney

(0) Comments | Posted 11 April 2015 | (13:40)

There is something whimsical, compelling, even frightening, about the idea of a coastal community. A group of wind-beaten and artistic human beings, joined together by the concept of survival, fear, and the constant, unwavering prescence of the sea. It is something that has always facinated me, and I have waited...

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Interview with 'Salvage' Author Keren David

(0) Comments | Posted 6 April 2015 | (16:49)

The books shortlisted in the YA Book Prize (last blog post) are all compelling, intricate and diverse- spanning a wide range of genres and writing styles. There is every and any subject covered in this shortlist, and one of these subjects is the issue of estranged siblings, adoption, and the...

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YA Book Prize Fever- Interview with The Bookseller

(0) Comments | Posted 17 February 2015 | (19:28)

Recently the YA blogosphere, Book-tubers and the section of Twitter especially reserved for that of YA book fanatics have been talking about one thing and one thing only: the YA Book Prize, a prize for UK and Irish YA books set up by the publishers The Bookseller. This is an...

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Book Review: 'Oliver Twist for Kids'

(0) Comments | Posted 24 January 2015 | (16:55)

This is another review of an old classic reinvented for the modern generation, by the talented Brendan P. Kelso at Playing with Plays: 'Oliver Twist for Kids'. One of the main struggles of Literature teachers all over the world is to get young people enthralled by the books that have...

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Interview with Bestselling Children's Author Jacqueline Harvey

(0) Comments | Posted 11 January 2015 | (17:24)

There is only one thing that scares me more than the thought of drowning in a locked car, and that is writing for children. The idea of using anything but an adolescent voice and moody character tendencies puts me in a state of terror, mainly because when you are still...

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Festive Book Review: 'A Christmas Carol for Kids'

(0) Comments | Posted 1 December 2014 | (21:15)

With the meaning and significance of Christmas changing year after year only one thing remains constant: the stories we tell, the tales we weave into the holiday celebration, the messages that remind us how very fortunate we are. However, even with various economic crises and a tighter margin to spend...

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Interview With 'GBBO' Quarter-finalist Martha Collison

(0) Comments | Posted 27 November 2014 | (20:39)

Oh, Great British Bake Off. How we miss you in these cold, winter months. As the evenings get darker and the days get colder we nostalgically cast our minds back to the multitude of pretty pastel-coloured Kitchen Aids, familiar tense yet annoyingly addictive music as the last ten minutes of...

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Interview With Half Bad Trilogy Author Sally Green

(0) Comments | Posted 23 November 2014 | (14:45)

The reason why most people can't get enough of the YA genre is because of its diversity, constant evolving and boldness to go down paths barely trodden by authors before. YA has had its share of fads: first there were wizards, then vampires, then a world in which children were...

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Marcus Sedgwick's 'Non-Tip' Tips for Young Writers

(0) Comments | Posted 29 October 2014 | (18:24)

Award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick is widely renowned throughout the literary world for his enthralling characters, spiralling plot twists and adventurous ideas he incorporates within every single one of his novels. He investigates every possible time period, setting and even universe to find the perfect combination for the story he wants...

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Interview with NY Times Bestselling Author: Leigh Bardugo

(0) Comments | Posted 29 September 2014 | (22:27)

Sometimes when you read a book, you are not only transported into another world, but swaddled in the atmosphere, setting and lives of the characters you are introduced to. The world the novel encompasses you in is no longer a two-dimensional sphere on a page, but a tangible place that...

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Why Malala Yousafzai is the Girl we Teenagers Should Aspire to Be Like

(0) Comments | Posted 21 September 2014 | (14:35)

About a week ago, I was sent teenage blogger, campaigner and fighter for girl's education Malala Yousafzai's new book to review. It was probably my most highly anticipated book of 2014 so far, as not only have I been following Malala's story on the news since she was shot by...

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The Emerging Cult of Celebrity Authors Moving in on the Industry

(0) Comments | Posted 5 September 2014 | (16:02)

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 | (20:27)

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 | (12:03)

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 | (18:43)

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 | (19:24)

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 | (17:06)

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 | (20:40)

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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