Just to say 'hello' to everyone. I'm very new here, still trying to find my way about, and hoping to share with other members. I live in Ludlow, Shropshire. I've been bank teller in Africa, had my own art and craft business, deputy head of a primary school, minister in the Church of England, and now publishing children's books since I began this venture in January 2009. Having set up my own online bookshop - http:thecakeandcustardbookshop.co.uk, this is my fifth and last career, and at my age,… Continue
Added by Carole Anne Carr on September 30, 2009 at 16:26 —
I have just secured a three book offer from Meadowside Books
, award winning publishers of picture books, who are now building their older fiction list, which is also winning awards. The first book in my linked cycle of three novels set on Hayling Island may come out as early as October 2010. Exciting times and lots of work ahead. Watch this space!
Added by Miriam Halahmy on September 30, 2009 at 14:13 —
New date for the London Social is next Tuesday 6th October.
I'll be in the central bar at the Royal Festival from 6pm on Tuesday 6th October.
Hope to see you there!
Added by Sue Hyams on September 29, 2009 at 17:24 —
Posted a great interview with award winning author, Tabitha Suzuma, on blog
Added by Tracy Ann Baines on September 26, 2009 at 15:19 —
I just wanted to share my good news!
Last Friday I attended an awards ceremony at Manchester University.
The event was The Practical Pre School Magazine awards for 2009.
My children's sign language book, 'Learn to sign and cook with Olli' was awarded the joint overall gold award in the books for ages 5 to 7 category.
The other joint winner in this category was a book published by Dorling Kindersley
What made this even… Continue
Added by Garry Slack on September 24, 2009 at 12:38 —
The next London Social has been postponed! Sorry! Hope to see you all in October instead.
Added by Sue Hyams on September 24, 2009 at 11:20 —
Hey Candy! Many thanks for featuring my blog this month. Scroll on down folks and you'll find me. I've just got started and I could blog everyday I have so many ideas. My blog wiill focus on tips and inspirations which I seem to have absorbed and developed over years of writing and working with developing writers. So ; follow me here and of course you can also sign up directly onto my blog to become a faithful follower. HAPPY WRITING ON THE NING.
Added by Miriam Halahmy on September 22, 2009 at 16:21 —
Well any of you who have spotted me on Twitter or Facebook lately will know that my new project is a writer's and illustrator's forum which I set up quite recently. Ok, ok you don't just know, you are actually completely and utterly sick of hearing about it!
But here I go again!!!!!
I just wanted to give you an update on the newest happenings on the forum and invite everyone to join. We now have over 50 members from across the globe and quite a few of those have been… Continue
Added by Dulcinea on September 22, 2009 at 16:00 —
Added by candygourlay on September 20, 2009 at 21:59 —
Just posted the trailer on the video section of the Ning if anyone hasn't seen it!
Added by Jon M on September 20, 2009 at 20:05 —
Unbelievably there are still places available for Lee Weatherly's masterclass "Avoiding The Muddle- Crafting Mid-Sections That Work" on Oct 17th. I've had some emails from people looking for information about it. The masterclasses are listed on the events section of the Ning and you can print out the form and info sheet from the SCBWI British Isles website, or you can contact me on email@example.com .
I think the class is going to be fantastic. I went to one of Lee's sessions… Continue
Added by Mo O'Hara on September 18, 2009 at 22:42 —
Verna Wilkins, publisher of Tamarind Books, has just announced that there is a new commissioning editor, Patsy Isles
Added by candygourlay on September 18, 2009 at 15:19 —
Added by Tracy Ann Baines on September 18, 2009 at 15:12 —
How quickly my own words come back to haunt me. I road-tested a children's story at my non-SCBWI writing group last night and was quickly put to rights about its commercial viability. "I can't imagine any child would find that interesting" was the opening salvo and others quickly piled in to tell me how far I had sailed past the market. I did get one lone voice of support, but that couldn't save me from crashing in flames.
Actually, though, I think they were right, and perhaps I'd… Continue
Added by Nick Cross on September 16, 2009 at 12:12 —
When is it appropriate to give "tough love" at a critique group? I'm sure we've all been in the situation where someone has read or submitted something that is so off-track that we hesitate to know where to start with the criticism. Is it better to tell someone outright that a piece of work is so flawed that they might as well start again? Or would this just discourage that person from trying the next time? Too often I see something get the "nod and smile" treatment from a group, when in fact I… Continue
Added by Nick Cross on September 14, 2009 at 16:03 —
Added by Kirsty Lee on September 13, 2009 at 14:53 —
Margo Lanagan talks to me in some depth about Tender Morsels.
Posted on http://talltalesandshortstories.blogspot.com
Added by Tracy Ann Baines on September 11, 2009 at 14:53 —
Day 10 of my story a day project. This one is called 'Ghost Writer
Check it out!
Added by Kirsty Lee on September 11, 2009 at 14:04 —
Here's story number 9 of my story a day for a year project.
The Imaginary Scrapbook
Notes from a claustrophobic agoraphobe
Added by Kirsty Lee on September 9, 2009 at 21:47 —
In case you haven't already heard I have created an online illustrators critique group.
I am hoping to create a place where people can share ideas and get advice from fellow illustrators in a non-threatening way.
It's an invitation only group so there is no problems with privacy.
Contact me if you would like an invite.
All the best
Added by Louise Grant- Fuzz on September 9, 2009 at 13:38 —