Despite attending writing classes, which herald the benefits of properly planning a novel, I still dive straight in, ‘pantsing it,’ with only a broad three act overview and a couple of character portraits. Why? Because I’m enthused. I have the dramatic first few scenes in my head and I want to get them down on… Read More Six Reasons to Write a Story Map
I went on the Tuesday and Thursday this year using the SCBWI members three day ticket. Fellow SCBWI’s have been asking if the Fair is worth it and I would say, yes, if you are gearing up for submission, if you want to meet/hear/talk to well known authors and publishers and if you want to find… Read More Notes from the London Book Fair
My second conference with amazing SCBWI BI… Started with some wise words from Natascha Biebow about evoking empathy not sympathy in our writing, and the importance of being in touch with our inner child. (The amount of piratey costumes at the launch party suggests the inner child part isn’t a problem for most SCBWIs.) And continued amusingly,… Read More Ahoy! SCBWI conference low-down
Big picture book publishing houses don’t accept unsolicited submissions but many of the smaller independent ones do. If you want to publish without getting an agent, see the list below. Note – all these publishers have websites and it is a very good idea to look closely at their catalogue and read their books, as… Read More Children’s picture book publishers accepting unsolicited manuscripts
My morning at Olympia started at 9:45 at Authors HQ, listening to Rebecca Swift from the Literary Consultancy, chairing a discussion with agents, Juliet Mushens, The Agency Group, and Iain Millar, co-found of Canelo Digital Publishing, on how they find new talent. Some of their advice I have heard before but it’s never a bad… Read More Is the London Book Fair a worthwhile visit for budding authors?
I first heard Eric Huang speak at the SCBWI Winchester conference last October. I was inspired by the creativity of the apps, characters and stories Made in Me were developing for Me Books – but what particularly struck a chord, was Eric’s suggestion that authors and illustrators should start thinking about themselves as creators. In… Read More Notes from a SCBWI Masterclass with Eric Huang – Picture books for the digital age
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!
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 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
Some of the random advice I’ve had from publishing professional during the last five years. Don’t write in first person, it’s really hard to sustain for the length of a novel. The authors of Jane Eyre and Twilight seem to have managed. Don’t write in present tense it jars, the perspective is too limited. Umm, Hunger… Read More Seriously bad writing advice