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?

Monday, 15 August 2016

Ask a Picture Book Editor


How to make your plot pack a punch!

Last month we talked about how to avoid your plot feeling dull and reading like a list. This month we’ve got some tips on how to make sure there’s enough action and adventure in your story.


Saturday, 13 August 2016

Waterstones Celebrates Peter Bunzl 'Cogheart'

Can't judge a book by its cover? I have to say that isn't the case for Peter Bunzl's Cogheart. The cover looks amazing and it's a fabulous story too. 

Friday, 12 August 2016

Featured Illustrator: Julia Patton

This month's Featured Illustrator is Northumberland based author/illustrator Julia Patton. With a colourful style based around quirky effervescent characters, Julia's fun illustrations are a popular choice for publishers in both Britain and overseas. See more of her work in the Featured Illustrator Gallery


Thursday, 11 August 2016

Book Bound 2016 – Turning the Pages to Success...

Oxon Hoath manor house – home for the weekend!
 ‘You want your children’s book to be accepted by a publisher. We want to help you achieve that.’ – The Book Bound Team

Book Bound writing retreat 17-19 th June was the second of its kind at the stunning location of Oxon Hoath manor house in Kent. Report by Emma Finlayson-Palmer