So it’s Monday morning after the conference and my head is spinning with the volume of information I have scribbled in my notebook and the new contacts I have made this weekend. I am particularly excited about all the contacts. In the space of two days, I have found two fellow SCBWI members in my… Read More Feeling well and truly post conference SCBWI’ed!
I jumped at the chance to meet Pippa Goodhart and listen to her words of wisdom at the recent SCBWI Author Masterclass on Writing Picture Books in London. My children love her book You Choose; it’s so well thumbed it’s fallen apart! You Choose is a concept book with just 220 words. The words are… Read More Good Picture Book Advice from Pippa Goodhart – Keep it short!
What a lovely evening and it was great to put names to faces. I meet the illustrator of The Elephant Carnival, Briony May Smith, my editor Daisy at Walker Books, thank you for your encouragement and offer to look at more or my stories. I met Justine Roberts, the CEO of Mumsnet, Denise Johnstone-Burt from… Read More Book of Animal Stories Launch Party Highlights
Last February my story the Elephant Carnival was chosen along with nine other animal stories to feature in this year’s Mumsnet/Walker Books, Book of Animal Stories. And here it is – the front cover. It’s available in bookshops from the 1st October!
On Friday I was in Foyles Book Store on Charring Cross Road with a hundred or so other SCBWI members hobnobbing with children’s book agents. I have a list of picture book texts to sell and I wanted quite simply to make contacts so I could send submissions directly to someone rather than the impersonal… Read More The great SCBWI Agents Party!
A blog entry inspired by The Big Idea Competition Most ideas pop into my head when I am zoned out, lost somewhere in a daydream. There’s a lot of inspiration up for grabs in the middle distance, I can tell you, so glaze over and see what pops into your head. I have discovered the… Read More Idea Popping
Last week I went to a Children’s Picture Book talk arranged by SCBWI. Bloomsbury’s picture book commissioning editor and designer were the professionals who gamely answered all our questions. I won’t summarise all that was said because it’s well worth joining SCBWI and going along to their various talks and workshops. (Actually you don’t have… Read More Children’s Picture Book Market Segmentation
My turn to write for the Writing Process Blog Tour, which is bouncing around the web at the moment. Writing this is akin to therapy. I recommend it! What am I writing? My novel is a YA murder mystery. I have written just over 60,000 words of the first draft. It has the working title… Read More My Writing Process Blog Tour
A word from Tall Tails Publishing I thought your readers might be interested in submitting query letters to Tall Tails Publishing House. We’re a small independent children’s press, and we’re expanding our catalog with two new Middle Grade imprints this year. One is for non-fiction and reference, and the other is for fiction chapter books.… Read More Tall Tails Publishing
My Walker Books editor, has done a neat edit of my 1,200 words. I find chopping words excruciatingly difficult. She did it in a day. It certainly read better for it. I have just seen the final artwork. The beautiful illustrations are by Briony May Smith. When it’s launched in October I’ll put up a… Read More Editing and artwork for The Elephant Carnival