Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 23rd September

Although it's time-consuming to read so many blog posts each week (SCBWI people do write a lot!) I always learn something new. So I hope that you too will pick up some glorious pearls of wisdom from this week's Blog Break...

Monday, 22 September 2014

Author Masterclass: Writing Picture Books with Pippa Goodhart

Pippa worked as a bookseller, as a publisher’s reader, and as a teacher of young children before starting to write books for children. Over the last twenty years she has had over ninety books published, ranging from picture books, through early readers, to novels for junior school age. Perhaps best known are her award winning picture book ‘You Choose’, and the Winnie the Witch storybooks which she writes under a pen name. See her website: www.pippagoodhart.co.uk for more about her and her books.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Harvest Time

A few days ago I had a brilliant opening sentence.
But I didn't write it down and even under the shower this morning (don't think too hard about that) it didn't come back to me.  So I'm convinced of the importance of writing things down, immediately. It's what we have iPhones for, for heaven's sakes.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Exhibition Success for John!

Many, many congratulations today for  W&P Illustration Features Editor and very hardworking illustrator, John Shelley!  Most of us try to take a little time off, down tools and get away over the summer. Not so Mr Shelley. This summer he certainly escaped the UK but to solo exhibition frenzy in Tokyo and Yokohama. And it didn't stop in Japan; at home John had some more exciting news.

Meanwhile, here's a flavour of John's summer...

Friday, 19 September 2014

Exploring Other Income Streams for Illustrators - Branding and Licensing with Helz Cuppleditch

An area that has always attracted children's illustrators who wish to expand their market beyond books is Branding and Licensing. Recently Helz Cuppleditch, a veteran of working with the licensing trade, gave an in depth presentation to our Illustrator Masterclass, as Anne-Marie Perks reports.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Proofreading Tips: Lorem Ipsum and the Quick Brown Fox

Catriona Tippin

All about filler text 

Here’s a facility you may not know you have at your fingertips – placeholder or filler text. If you’re trying out a font or drafting a page layout you could find you need a sample of random text. Most word processing programs offer the option to type =lorem() and then press enter and have some garbled Latin appear. 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 16th September

I'm sure I wasn't the only one buoyed up by Jan's super-positive editorial at the weekend. And there certainly is plenty of good stuff out there if you know where to look, as this week's Blog Break once again proves.