Saturday, 1 August 2015

Celebrating the tortoise's route to success - Miriam Craig's Story

By Charlotte Comley
Every so often you hear news of a agent contract that fills your heart full of hope. I have to admit that Miriam Craig's celebration story is one of those amazing tales. Read on to find a useful list of disadvantages of following Miriam's route to success.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Featured Illustrator - Rebecca Gerlings

This month's Featured Illustrator is Rebecca Gerlings. After many years experience as an editor in children's publishing, Rebecca is now focusing with great success on her own picture books and illustration. See more of Rebecca's work in her Featured Illustrator Gallery.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Network News: London

Welcome Karen and Tania 

We are very excited in the networks team about the appointment of our two new London Network Organisers, Karen Taylor and Tania Tay. As our London members will already know, Anita Loughrey has done an amazing job there, but, living in the South East, wanted to concentrate her future efforts closer to home. It has taken us a little while to find a replacement for Anita, but it was worth the wait as we now have not one but two brilliant new volunteers to take the London network forward. Both Tania and Karen have been active SCBWI members for a while now, and whilst it was always going to be hard for anyone to follow in the footsteps of the ‘perfect hostess’ Anita, we know they’ll do a great job. You can find out more about Tania and Karen below.

Troll Hell: do you keep quiet or fight back against social media nasties?

By Candy Gourlay (@candygourlay)

Troll Hell panel: Nick Cross, SCBWI blog network editor; Nicole Burstein, author of Othergirl; and Liz de Jager, author of the  Blackheart Legacy books 
Mo O'Hara (@mo_ohara) and I organised the Troll Hell event on 28 July after reading that John Green, the celebrated author of A Fault in Our Stars, had been subject to a rant on Tumblr accusing him of being the equivalent of 'that dad of a kid in your friend group who always volunteers to “supervise” the pool parties and scoots his lawn chair close to all the girls'. Green responded in robust fashion - 'I do not sexually abuse children ... Throwing that kind of accusation around is sick and libelous and most importantly damages the discourse around the actual sexual abuse of children'.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Rowena House interviews Kathryn Aalto.


Landscape designer and historian, Kathryn Aalto, has created an “amiable field guide” to the Hundred Acre Wood, where Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet once wandered with Christopher Robin. 

She talked to Rowena House about the inspiration she finds in nature and her ambition to honour author A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard with her book: The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 28th July

Logo by Melany Pietersen
I'm back, although you may not have noticed I was missing (given that K.M. Lockwood did such a great job with last week's Blog Break). I'm also a bit distracted, having rashly agreed to be on the panel for tonight's London Pulse event on trolling (see here for more details about that). Must. Try. To. Focus.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Social Media for SCBWI: Twitter for Writers (and Illustrators)

On Twitter we get excited if someone follows us. In real life we get really scared and run away.― Anonymous