What is a twitter pitch party? Several pitch parties take place during the year. Authors are invited to pitch the concept of their book to agents and editors in just 280 characters (the max size of a tweet). Agents and editors are primed by the organisers to browse the tweets during the day and ‘like’… Read More Authors, don’t ignore Twitter Pitch Parties. They are a great way to find an agent.
The children’s non-fiction genre is exploding with innovative content and creative book titles to hook young readers. Want to keep up with the competition? Read on! A title always speaks to the child reader. A title should be original and memorable. A title indicates the genre and content of the book. A title suggests the… Read More How to generate children’s non-fiction titles that stand out from the crowd.
I take part in Tara Lazarre’s StoryStorm challenge every year – I generate 30 new story ideas (one a day) in the month of January. Though Tara’s challenge is focused primarily on picture books, I use the month to generate ideas for board books, non-fiction, young fiction and even MG and the odd YA – I… Read More So what to write next? Evaluating story ideas
Every year I take part in Storystorm, a challenge to generate 31 ideas in the month of January. At least one a day, or more! Some ideas are no more than a catchy title, some are emotions, and some are common childhood scenarios I’ve never seen in a picture book. Others are a whole paragraph… Read More Idea generation. Picture book writers need to have a lot of story ideas to be published.