Thursday, 5 March 2015

International Publishing Opportunities with Marianne Vilcoq and Bridget Marzo - Illustration Masterclass 21st March 2015

Have you ever thought of exploring wider markets for your artwork outside of the UK? Then this is the Illustration Masterclass for you. 

Image by Bridget Marzo

This week, W&P brings you the second of our amazing SCBWI Masterclass Events scheduled for the 21st March. Last week Alison Smith interviewed Eric Huang, Director at Made in Me about his forthcoming Masterclass – Picture Books for the Digital Age on 21st March. This week Anne-Marie Perks guides us through the Illustration Masterclass – International Publishing Opportunities with Marianne Vilcoq and Bridget Marzo.

Marianne Vilcoq, Art  Director and Illustrator at Bayard Presse, France, works with illustrators from all over the world. Alongside, internationally published Illustrator-AuthorBridget Marzo will share their experience of working across borders and show many samples of the wide variety of artwork in demand overseas. The dynamic French and US magazine market has in particular proved to be a useful supplement to several well-known UK illustrator’s incomes. They will provide some specific pointers to working with publishers outside of the UK, and discuss some of the business issues involved.

In the second part of the workshop they will provide you with an international perspective on up to 5 samples of work you are welcome to bring for feedback, and offer suggestions of where you might want to go next.

Marianne Vilcoq

From early childhood, Marianne Vilcoq has never stopped drawing alongside and around children. After a degree in Illustration, she worked a little for Parisian publicity agencies and a lot more for children’s magazines as a graphic designer and illustrator. She then spent several years creating CD—Roms and children’s internet sites for Bayard Presse. Over the past 10 years, she has been the art director for popular and lavishly illustrated French children’s magazines including Popi, Tralalire and Les Belles Histoires. She loves working with many different styles and illustrators from all over the world. Alongside her day job, she finds time to illustrate books and games for children.

Bridget Marzo

Bridget Marzo has worked directly for French, American and Australian children’s publishers, illustrating novelty, picture books and graphic games under her longer name Bridget Strevens-Marzo. Clients include the Tate, Bayard France, Harper Collins US, Little Hare, Australia and Bloomsbury UK/US. Her work has been exhibited in Paris, London and at the Original Art Show in New York. A co-organizer for some years of International SCBWI and the SCBWI Bologna conference, she taught illustration and 2D design at Parsons Paris School of Design and colour theory at the American University of Paris. Now back in London she is a contributing editor for the Association of Illustrators’ magazine Varoom. She is off shortly to Beijing at the invitation of the China Bookworm Festival before her next book, Tiz & Ott’s Big Draw, is published out with the Tate UK and Abrams US in May 2015.

You can find all the information you need and book by going to:

Up until the 21 March, you can still sign up for all 5 Illustration Masterclass discount by going to:

If you missed last week's post with Eric Huang you can follow the link here:

Whichever Masterclass you choose - be sure to book your place!

Anne-Marie Perks is a published illustrator author and art educator who has served as Regional Illustrator Coordinator for the British Isles Region since 2001. The second of her wordless book series with Books Beyond Words, Finding a Safe Place From Abuse, will be available April 2015. 

Keep up to date with current news at and tweet @annmarieperks.

Network News: London - a London member tells us how his network helped him

Tim Collins is a member of the London network

You are now extensively published. When did you first get published?
My first book was published exactly ten years ago, though I wrote non-fiction for adults for the first five years. I went to my first SCBWI event on the same day my first children’s book was published. I’d moved across from writing for adults, and needed to learn more about children’s publishing.
Which SCBWI network do you belong to?
I’ve been a member of the London network since 2010. I’ve also attended SCBWI events in Cambridge and in Oxford, where I live now.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

The Debut Author Series: Eve Ainsworth

Nicky Schmidt

The Learning Curve - Insights from Debut Authors  

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. 

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 3rd March

So it's goodbye to grim, cold February and hello to slightly less grim, slightly less cold March. But Spring is coming, right? Read the Blog Break and let those creative buds bloom!

Sunday, 1 March 2015

The world of libraries

If you want to learn about a place and its people, spend a day in the local library. Libraries are a microcosm, a watering hole for people from all walks of life. Believe me. They will all, at some point, cross the threshold.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Congratulations Tamsyn Murray

By Charlotte Comley

More good news for another of our SCBWI members.

Tamsyn Murray writes:

I'm delighted to announce the happy arrival of COMPLETELY CASSIDY: ACCIDENTAL GENIUS, the first book in a new series for children aged 8-12. Published by Usborne, it's the story of eleven year old Cassidy and her hilarious, cringe-along search for her special talent, the thing that will make her stand out among her chaotic muddled family. The second book, STAR REPORTER, will be out in July 2015.

This is my first new book for two years and my very first middle grade so I'm even more excited to be welcoming it into the world! Cassidy is a lot of fun to write about and I hope people enjoy reading about her too.

Friday, 27 February 2015

The International Illustrator

Most UK publishers aim to sell rights to overseas markets. Many editors and art directors prefer to communicate by email rather than a phone call, even if we only live a couple of miles away from their office. So in theory it doesn't really matter where we come from, or where we live any more, whether the market is this country or another - or does it?