(I'm going to continue cross-posting the same blog here and on whoatemybrain.com, although now I'm featured blogger that means you'll get it on the front page twice. Just chalk that up to rampant self promotion!)
I'm generally quite down on people who see writing as some kind of magical spiritual journey - it's more like digging the Channel Tunnel with a teaspoon a lot of the time. But if there is a magical aspect of writing - a part that I can't wholly rationalise - it's the… Continue
Added by Nick Cross on January 29, 2010 at 17:00 —
HI EVERYONE I KNOW IT'S A BIT LATE BUT HAPPY NEW YEAR.I'VE BEEN WORKING A LOT WITH THE WELSH BOOK COUNCIL LATELY ON A WELSH BOOK,ALSO WORKING WITH THE NATIONAL MUSEUM IN CARDIFF ON BOOK TITLE.ALSO CHRISTINE DAVIES WHO'S A GOOD CHUM , HAS WRITTEN A CHILDREN'S BOOK OF POEMS IT'S ALL BASED ON PHONETICS AND I'VE COME UP WITH SOME OF THE ARTWORK,HARPER COLLINS AND AUTUMN PUBLISHING HAVE ASKED FOR A HARD COPY SO THEY WENT OFF YESTERDAY,FINGERS CROSSED.PLUS I'VE FINISHED OFF SOMEMORE GREETING CARD… Continue
Added by ERIC HEYMAN on January 28, 2010 at 11:05 —
Just posted a new interview on my blog - Jon Mayhew, debut author of Mortlock.
His agent Sarah Davies has also commented.
Added by Tracy Ann Baines on January 25, 2010 at 14:14 —
I'm guessing that the majority of us use Microsoft Word (although I'm still flying the flag for longhand first drafts) and that we've all tussled with the Grammar Checker from time to time. For many years, I just turned it off, traumatised by the biblical plague of green snakes that wriggled across my page. In recent years, as writing well
has become a religion, I've allowed it back into my life. For all of its many reasonable suggestions, it always feels like an ultra-strict schoolmarm,… Continue
Added by Nick Cross on January 25, 2010 at 11:17 —
Check out my New Event on the Events Pages : http://britishscbwi.ning.com/events/memoir-into-fiction-with
I am running a special workshop on turning the anecdotes and events of your life into stories and novels. How do you take a story from your life and turn it into convincing fiction? I will set short writing exercises and use examples form my own and other writers published work to inspire your writing. Bring an… Continue
Added by Miriam Halahmy on January 23, 2010 at 16:45 —
I'm delighted to announce that Pippa Goodhart, author of dozens of children's books including Winnie the Witch (as Laura Owen) will be coming to the retreat to talk about writing picture books. She has also agreed to do some picture book one to ones. I've updated the flyer in the retreat section of the main website - go to events and then scroll down to find the retreat page.
Added by Sue Hyams on January 22, 2010 at 12:32 —
I've uploaded a pdf of the retreat booking form on the main SCBWI BI website. It's on the retreat page of the events section. I'll also post it in the files section of the Yahoo group.
Added by Sue Hyams on January 19, 2010 at 11:09 —
For anyone thinking of entering this competition I've posted an interview with last year's winner Cristy Burne on my blog. She won with her children's book Takeshita Demons.
There are links to the competition details on the blog.
Added by Tracy Ann Baines on January 18, 2010 at 13:39 —
It's finally arrived, the week that Undiscovered Voices 2010 gets sent out to agents and editors, and I'll admit to a certain amount of trepidation as to how the whole thing will play out. This is my first experience of having anything published and my first encounter with that strange and mystical species known as The Reader. Ironically, the one kind of reader I probably won't get is any actual children - instead it will be a somewhat scary bunch of Important Industry People. I'm told that all… Continue
Added by Nick Cross on January 18, 2010 at 11:54 —
As is so often the case on a Monday, I am writing this while listening to an extremely boring conference call. "But!" I hear you cry, "If you can concentrate enough to write this, why can't you do some real work instead?" This is a valid question, and one that I'm going to sidestep by thinking about the increasingly permeable boundaries between my work, my home life and my hobbies.
Once upon a time (actually about a year ago), things were simple - I went to work in an office every… Continue
Added by Nick Cross on January 11, 2010 at 19:52 —
Added by Tracy Ann Baines on January 11, 2010 at 14:30 —
I firmly believe visiting book fairs is by far and away one's best opportunity of seeing who is doing what; getting an insight into trends and what publishers are looking for; learn about digital developments; networking; and even talking to commissioning editors, art editors and publishers. In the next few months there will be Bologna, London, Education Show and Book Expo exhibitions, as well as various minor events. Now is the time to prepare yourself and your portfolio for visiting such… Continue
Added by Lionel Bender on January 7, 2010 at 17:25 —
Readers borrowed The Quiet Woman And The Noisy Dog 1907 times from UK libraries in 4 months (PLR year ending June 2009). If you haven't already registered your published titles with PLR
- do it now. This year my earnings pay for subscription to the SCBWI Professional Series - if it hasn't already sold out.
Happy New Titles!…
Added by Sue Eves on January 6, 2010 at 13:00 —
Completed application and accompanying materials for SCBWI's WIP grants must be postmarked no earlier than February 15th and must be RECEIVED BY March 15th. For details see the WIP grant page on the main SCBWI website
Added by candygourlay on January 4, 2010 at 23:20 —
Ok, this is my first post since Christmas so excuse me if it gets a bit ... disjointed. I've spent the intervening period furiously trying to pin down the plot of Back from the Dead, which seemed to be turning into a never-ending task. I'd set myself a target of today (4th Jan) to complete the design of the next draft, with the hope of incorporating all of the suggestions that the agent had for improving the book. As anyone who has had this sort of feedback knows, it can range from very… Continue
Added by Nick Cross on January 4, 2010 at 15:30 —
I've been busy during the holidays - my website is now up at www.annabowles.co.uk
Need an editor (or a writer, but I suspect you are one if you're reading this!)? Go and take a look. Oh, and please let me know if anything breaks...
Added by Anna Bowles on January 3, 2010 at 11:57 —