Blog Corner: Franny & Perks
I was hugely honoured to attend the grand launch of Franny & Perks back in May. I know Frances from a mentorship scheme, and when she mentioned the blog, I HAD to feature it on Blog Corner. I knew from the start we’d have something in common – all working in publishing, we have an excitable love of books! Not only that, but a love of food. Franny & Perks is not just about books and publishing; there’s baking (check out the astounding chequerboard cake), adventures in London and so much more.
There must have been an element of destiny to the day when Franny met Perks. With the former as part of the interviewing team, and the latter as interviewee, to all appearances, it would seem that we were going to be colleagues for only a month in the independent publishing firm, Oldcastle Books. But with Perks’ extended contract, time proved that we had plenty in common – from all things bookish, to attending author events as overenthusiastic fans; from looking for new things to do in London, to eating all the good food we could lay our hands on – here was a friendship that surpassed working cordialities.
I don’t think either of us can remember the first time the blog idea was posed. Our jobs include lots of contact with bloggers and we are both keen reviewers/wannabe editors so I think the familiarity and experience all mixed together with a bit of enthusiasm and spark led to the grand idea of LET’S BLOG TOGETHER. Sharing the responsibility definitely seemed like a great idea, and the more we’ve discussed it, we’ve gradually become more and more excited.
Seeing as we didn’t want to focus solely on book reviews, we didn’t want a ‘booky’ title, so after much deliberation and testing on friends, family and strangers, we decided on Franny & Perks. There’ll be books, baking, publishing experiences, fun events and so much more – we hope you enjoy the Franny & Perks blog experience!
Read an excerpt from Franny & Perks now:
I cannot believe almost a week has gone by since Eimear McBride was announced as the winner of the first Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014. What a night.
I think most of my friends and family would testify that I am a big fan of parties. I’m not talking ‘let’s-go-on-the-lash-and-get-horendously-wasted-and-embarrass-ourselves’ party (though it’s important to have a few of those for life experience…right?), I’m talking a well-organised, slick event, where all requirements are catered for and all expectations exceeded.
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