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
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 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!
“Be specific,” is advice I have heard from more than one writing tutor over the last five years. Last April, I watched Hilary Mantel read an extract from Bring up the Bodies, the middle book from her Thomas Cromwell Trilogy, at the Oxford Literary Festival. I was struck by her exquisite use of detail and… Read More Hilary Mantel – Queen of detail
I confess I bought the ticket to see Philip Pullman at the Oxford Literary Festival by accident. I meant to buy Hilary Mantel, but me being me, got confused about dates, clicked on the wrong button and lo an behold a “congratulations you have a front row ticket to see Philip Pullman” message pinged… Read More Philip Pullman – On writing