Thursday, 5 May 2016

Event Report: London Book Fair 2016 by Janey Robinson

Janey Robinson reports from The London Book Fair 2016

What business does a writer have at the London Book Fair? None. A better question might be how relevant are writers at the London Book Fair? Very. This goes for illustrators too. 

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

The Debut Author Series: Sue Wallman

Cover Design:
Sean Williams

The Learning Curve - Insights from Debut Authors 

Nicky Schmidt 

For many the road to publication is long and fraught. For others, a publishing deal comes relatively easily. Those who are still trudging the path may find it hard to imagine what it’s like to be a debut author, and authors with a few books to their name may only dimly recall the original experience. 

So what is it like? Does life change? Do dreams become reality and with a deal to your name does it all become plain sailing? And what is the process from slushpile to contract to published novel actually like? I asked debut author, Sue Wallman, about her journey to publication.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Competitions for children's and YA book writers, open now

Open contests for children's and YA book writers

Is your children's book manuscript ready to send off? Are you sure? Then here you go: a list of competitions and agents who are open to submissions RIGHT NOW.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Network News Wales: Cardiff Festival

by Zoe Coghlan 

The Cardiff Festival of Childrens Literature is in its third year, and this year the new SCBWI Wales network was there.

Social Event

First off was a Saturday social in Cardiff with special guest, Sibéal Pounder, author of the Witch Wars series.  We spent a relaxed couple of hours over lunch, talking about writing, publishing, and how to handle a workshop of sixty small children!  Thanks Sibéal for being such a lovely encouragement to us.

Event Report: Writing Non-fiction For Children Masterclass by Janey Robinson

Janey Robinson has written an excellent write up of the recent SCBWI Author Masterclass for Writing Non-Fiction for Children. 

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Opening Lines with Davinia Andrew-Lynch of ANDLYN


What grabs the reader's attention? 

What immediately draws you in and makes you want to read on? 

We are excited to welcome Davinia Andrew-Lynch from ANDLYN Literary Agency to Opening Lines this month. Davinia has taken time out of her busy schedule to offer professional feedback on the opening lines submitted by our brave SCBWIs. 

Monday, 25 April 2016

A Dark Horse

On this day in 1878, novelist Anna Sewell died.
She lived long enough to see the initial success of her only published work - but what a story it was.
Never intended to be solely for children, over 50 million copies have been sold world-wide.
No less than nine film or TV adaptations, a stage play and ten sequels involving related horses have been created.
Not bad for a disabled woman who had suffered from ill-health since she was 14.