Jon Mayhew, Pat Walsh and moi! http://www.candygourlay.com/2012/01/salford-childrens-book-award.html
Added by candygourlay on January 30, 2012 at 17:31 — No Comments
I'm on top of my query inbox for the first time in a couple of weeks, and while reading so many this weekend, I thought I'd use the Ning to talk a little bit about what an effective query looks like.
I see a lot of queries that don't tell me what I need to know to consider requesting the full manuscript. Here's what you need to include in your query (which I'm sure you're writing after you've looked at the submission guidelines on our agency's website):
I'm slowly getting back to the real world! After deleting my old blog for lack of anything interesting to say, I've now started again. No guarantee it'll be any more interesting this time round, but here it is anyway!
Added by Sue Hyams on January 27, 2012 at 11:52 — No Comments
Soon I'd like to start approaching agents to find one to represent me, any recommendations or advice regarding this would be most welcome. (My stories, which i hope to illustrate too, will be picture books.)
As an author /illustrator about to approach publishers with your story ideas, how much preparation of the drawings do you do, especially if you have worked for the publisher previously and they know you and your work? I have had conflicting advice. Character sketches, thumbnail sketches, a few spreads and a cover, a dummy book, or all of these!? I have four stories I'd like to start sending out to warm contacts and have only completed so far a few…Continue
Added by Kate Sheppard on January 24, 2012 at 11:18 — No Comments
Looking at life in black and white - it's just a different point of view. …Continue
Added by Lesley Moss on January 23, 2012 at 20:20 — No Comments
After being inspired when browsing a fellow SCBWI-er's website (Andrew Weale, you don't know me but thanks!) I decided to publish some of my poetry on my website, as a personal project to try and stimulate creativity this year. I liked the way Andrew's website was just full of different samples of writing and seemed not to take itself too seriously, ditto all the fun and wonderful poems that were published on Notes from the…Continue
Added by Laura Louise Stewart on January 22, 2012 at 22:00 — No Comments
I was thrilled to attend this school quiz which featured Tall Story. Strange and exciting to hear detailed quiz questions about one's book ... and WONDERFUL to hear children cheering and stamping and excited about reading http://bit.ly/AmAofL
Added by candygourlay on January 21, 2012 at 10:05 — No Comments
A story I've been struggling with for months is ready to show, at last.
Could it be the pressure of my upcoming week in New York then Bologna mid-March?
And last week, I had a new idea. I was enjoying a baked potato and the view from the top floor of the Whitechapel Idea Store Anyway, I put down my fork, and started sketching…
Added by Bridget Strevens-Marzo on January 17, 2012 at 16:48 — No Comments
There's been a lot of talk this week about "commercial" - David Cameron wants "commercial" films made, Tesco wants book that have mass i.e. commercial appeal. Many writers are lamenting the demise of beautiful books to the rise of commercial only books. I don't think it's as black and white as that. I think we can still create books, with plenty of commercial appeal, without giving up on our craft and our artistic integrity.
And if that still doesn't do it, I believe we will see…Continue
Added by Nicky Schmidt on January 13, 2012 at 8:11 — No Comments
In a video interview, Jasmine talks about her debut novel, The Book of Wonders, and what it's like to be on the other side of the publishing desk as an author, instead of in her usual role as a Senior Commissioning Editor at OUP.…Continue
Added by Tracy Ann Baines on January 12, 2012 at 9:58 — No Comments
I was asked to do a blog for the Oxford Editors web-site, Writers for Writers blog. Its has now been posted and it does exactly what it says on the tin! Creative Management – A Writers Tips to Avoid ‘WritersBlock’
Added by Sally-Jayne Poyton on January 12, 2012 at 9:36 — No Comments
Working on a Welsh book of poems for Welsh book council,Harper Collins are looking at a book I've illustrated called Stig Gallagher adventures of space cadet,also Autumn publishing are keen on a book of phonetics my chum Christine has done and I've done the illustrations.Plus trying to put a package together on series of workshops for children,I've done some for the National Museum in Cardiff they are great fun,hoping to go into the local primary schools.Also I still trying to update my…Continue
Added by ERIC HEYMAN on January 9, 2012 at 14:36 — No Comments
Added by Sally-Jayne Poyton on January 8, 2012 at 20:24 — No Comments
'Dark Parties started as a short story about Neva and her best friend Sanna who host a party for their friends in the pitch black and secretly plot a rebellion. I was intrigued – some might say obsessed – by this idea. I spent the next three years writing and revising Dark Parties.'Continue
Added by Tracy Ann Baines on January 3, 2012 at 13:41 — No Comments
This week, I'm blogging over on David Fickling Books, my publisher's blog ! See you there I hope! http://www.davidficklingbooks.co.uk/blog/index.php/2012/01/01/christmas/