Took a gang of kids to the comics workshops at the Crystal Palace Festival
- as a result I missed the readings by SCBWI's Sarwat Chadda
and Sue Eves
. Sarah Macintyre
has photos of the stuff I missed though here
and I blogged about the comics workshops… Continue
Added by candygourlay on April 27, 2009 at 12:39 —
My latest Interview has been with the author, linguist and publisher Gill James.
Gill is one of the partners and founders of the independant publishers Bridge House Publishing LLP
which is currently in the process of bringing out some new anthologies and is still accepting submissions for some other anthologies. The first anthology "Making Changes" was a great success and apparently a wonderful experience for all… Continue
Added by Dulcinea on April 26, 2009 at 10:16 —
Hot on the heels of my interview with Stephen Potts came my chat with Holly Stacey. This was another author I clicked with.
Holly wrote and self published her teen novel The Faerie Conspiracies and has also set up an independant publishing company called Wyvern Publications
which will be producing it's first anthology "Dragon Tales" later this year.
You can read Holly's interview about The Faerie Conspiracies… Continue
Added by Dulcinea on April 26, 2009 at 10:08 —
So my next interview was with Stephen Potts. He had a really interesting story. From working in psychiatrict medicing to writing children's books to writing the screenplay for the newest Philip Pullman screen adaptation The Butterfly Tattoo.
What I loved about this interview was Stephen's advice on finding a literary agent (including his own long journey to get one) and his views on whether we still need literary agents.
You can read Stephen's interview on how he got… Continue
Added by Dulcinea on April 26, 2009 at 10:01 —
This next interview was with an author and editor called Stephanie Williams. She writes under the name of Boo Irwin and most of her stories are about a town called Winterdale, including her first book in a trilogy called The Winterdale Chronicles.
Steph has worked with Bridge House Publishing LLP (where she was a Partner) and has now set up her own independant publishing company called Rebel Books LLP
Added by Dulcinea on April 26, 2009 at 9:56 —
Well I have been hearing about Twitter for the last year and wondering "what's the point?" Why bother just blogging 140 characters and who on earth would want to read them?
Then about two months ago I was trying to promote my parenting and pregnancy website Baby Nunu
and heard that Twitter was a great way to do it (Twitter a link every time you write a new article). So I signed up and I am now addicted.
It is great to see what other… Continue
Added by Dulcinea on April 26, 2009 at 9:48 —
So my first author interview from SCBWI members was with Philippa Roberts. Philippa loves poetry and set up a publishing company to bring her grandmother's poems written during the Second Wrold War to the world.
This was closely followed by a guide for foreign workers in Britain.
I loved interviewing Philippa and her journey to get her grandmother's poems into print is one of great determination. Read about it in her Suite 101 interviews…
Added by Dulcinea on April 26, 2009 at 9:39 —
As some of you might know I pass spare time away (usually when I have fiction writer's block) by writing for a website called Suite 101.
Not so long ago I did a series of interviews with memoir, biography and autobiography writers plus two literary agents. I had really good fun finding out about other people. About their triumphs and stumbling blocks, their inspirations and their writing habits. So I decided to get a message out to the SCBWI members to see if anyone would give me an… Continue
Added by Dulcinea on April 26, 2009 at 9:30 —
Just a quick heads up that I have started a Childern's Writers Twibe on Twitter. For those of you who tweet do join me here
Have a fun weekend
Added by Jeannette Towey on April 25, 2009 at 19:56 —
Well like many of the unpublished, unagented among you I am preparing my submission for the Undiscovered Voices competition (and day dreaming about hearing that I have won, and getting an agent, and getting published, and I am now getting a bit carried away with my daydreams)
The submissions need to include a 75 word synopsis and as I read this I became confused and panicky all at once. 75 words? A whole book in 75 words??? A synopsis is a chapter by chapter layout right? All that in… Continue
Added by Dulcinea on April 25, 2009 at 12:57 —
Well I have finally worked out what this Ning thing is all about and am about to start blogging. Oh I am blogging!
So hello all
Added by Dulcinea on April 25, 2009 at 12:45 —
I am very pleased to see that so many of you have gotten the hang of your Ning pages. It's a very powerful tool if you know how to use it. YOu can set up a web page to display all your work and you can also develop links with a large network of like minded people who will be interested in your successes and will support you in your work.
Just some quick suggestions to those who haven't managed to get on top of it yet -
1. use the blog on your page to promote yourself,… Continue
Added by candygourlay on April 23, 2009 at 0:30 —
Ok, I'm convinced, I'm Tweeting away like a canary. So come and Follow Me
Added by Miriam Halahmy on April 22, 2009 at 15:27 —
This is a reminder that the next Tunbridge Wells Critique Group meeting is at 10:30am on this Saturday at the Java Bean Cafe
in the High Street. If you want to join the group please let me know by emailing me at jeannetteATjetowey.com.
See you there
Added by Jeannette Towey on April 21, 2009 at 17:13 —
Results of 'Agent for a Day' competition is out. Only two correctly guessed the published queries!
Added by candygourlay on April 20, 2009 at 23:47 —
I took the advice of the marketing gurus at the London Book Fair. So I've signed up to Twitter. Follow me
Added by candygourlay on April 20, 2009 at 21:53 —
OMG! OMG! OMG! I am a ‘recommended book of the year’ by the Red House Award! http://www.redhousechildrensbookaward.co.uk/pick-of-the-year-younger-readers.html This is the best award in the world because it is judged entirely by children. I’m thoroughly thrilled. And thank you Candy for the tip to post this in the blog :)
And the sequel, Socks, Shocks and Secrets, is mentioned in Writeaway's 'Diaries' reading theme… Continue
Added by Leila Rasheed on April 15, 2009 at 17:17 —
I've just posted an update on my web-site
with a picture of the cover for a Suitcase Full of Stories which is due out on 13th May, price £6.99. I've contributed 'Behind the Mirror' to this anthology and as it's my first fiction publishing credit, I am really excited.
We're hoping to organise a launch in London and I will post details as soon as I know. In the meantime, if you want to know more do check out the anthology's… Continue
Added by Jeannette Towey on April 15, 2009 at 15:38 —
Nathan Bransford, the American literary agent and blogger, is inviting readers to see how it feels to deal with a slushpile
. Read queries and manuscripts, accept, reject, build careers, demolish egos! Go for it
Added by candygourlay on April 7, 2009 at 0:47 —
I had the good fortune to recently be sent a copy of Sarwat Chadda's debut novel, Devil's Kiss. Talk about a novel with a killer opening. Talk about tight writing. Talk about the whole showing not telling thing...
It's made me realise I paid good money approaching Cornerstones for a review of my own WIP!
Devil's Kiss is a gripping tale, albeit dark in places and it has a tough and feisty protagonist in Billi Sangreal. The story is loaded with action – making it likely to appeal… Continue
Added by Nicky Schmidt on April 3, 2009 at 21:13 —