Sunday, 28 August 2016

The Hook - One Year On

 Of all the opportunities SCBWI offers members to bring their work into the light and get professional feedback, The Hook pitching competition is my favourite. Winning the Hook 2015 gave me a huge boost when I needed it most, and if you have a project that’s ready for agents to consider, consider applying to The Hook first. 

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Joint Celebration for Tim Collins and James Lawrence

By Charlotte Comley As a special needs teacher I understand the value of books for reluctant readers. I’m fabulously impressed with the titles of the EIGHT books in this series, which are exciting enough to tempt even the most squeamish scholar. The League of Enchanted Heroes by Tim Collins and James Lawrence is due to be published in September 2016.

Friday, 26 August 2016

To Share or Not to Share

© John Shelley

 One of the dilemmas faced by illustrators is how much of our work to share on social media. It’s the big wide world of the web, our friends and followers are out there, eagerly awaiting our latest post of finished artwork, work-in-progress, sketches, experiments and doodles. And then there’s the potential clients who scour social media searching for their next hot illustrator, we need to show them what we’re up to! .....Or do we? (By John Shelley)

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Discover How To Pitch Your Book Without Panicking

It's never going to be a breeze to describe your book concisely to an editor or agent, but pitching can get easier with practice, especially if you know the kind of pitch a publishing professional wants to hear. 

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The Debut Author Series - Liz Flanagan

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. 

Monday, 22 August 2016

Of Kings and Car Parks

On this date, 22nd August, in 1485 Richard III was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field. He was 32. What can a Plantagenet Monarch who only reigned for two years have to do with children's fiction?