Alix Long
Writing as ‘Alix’, Alix Long is a prominent author on, 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

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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Marcus Sedgwick Interview

(0) Comments | Posted 10 November 2013 | (20:48)

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 | (18:01)

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 | (14:42)

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 | (10:43)

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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