Tuesday, 30 April 2013

London Professional Series - Undiscovered Voices 2014 Evening

After the Undiscovered Voices official launch the previous Thursday, it was great to have a panel of UV winners (and a now published Honorary Mention) to speak to the London Professional Series meeting last Tuesday.

It gave us all who were there a big insight to what goes on behind the scenes and some good advice too.

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 30th April

It's been another great week for SCBWI blogging and I've been literally spoilt for choice (What exactly does that phrase mean? Will I start throwing tantrums or smelling like sour milk?). Whatever, there's plenty of good stuff to talk about...

Monday, 29 April 2013

Matchmaking @britishscbwi.org

By Maureen Lynas

Have you ever thought that SCBWI BI is like a dating agency? SCBWI members are constantly matchmaking at events and conferences, nationally and internationally. Then there's the online dating on the yahoo group, facebook, twitter, and Words and Pictures.

Writing Spaces - from clutter to creativity

An Interview with Julienne Durber
by Michelle Newell 
This week, we talk to Julienne Durber, an aspiring YA and MG writer based in Rugby. He is represented by Gemma Cooper at the Bent Agency and received an honorary mention in the 2012 SCBWI Undiscovered Voices anthology for his novel Vengeance (previously Springpunk). He also had an honorary mention in the 2010 UV for a murder mystery Wind-up World. He co-runs the dark, dystopian Demention blog and is one of the Network Coordinators for SCBWI BI Central West. You can find out more about Julienne at dementionblog.blogspot.co.uk

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Sshh... don't tell.

I’ve been distracted this week by preparations for youngest daughter’s 18th birthday – cooking acres of lasagne and slabs of chocolate cake while devising ingenious ways to get people to mix at the party. I’m also staring defiantly at two end of the month work deadlines and being firm about the fact that Monday and Tuesday are still April. So broadcasting Words & Pictures hasn’t received as much of my attention as it should.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Hoorah for Marchant and Meddour and Their Unusual Partners


This week we celebrate two new books from a pair of unusual writing partnerships and discover how they hooked their agents.
Jackie Marchant and  Dougal Trump launch  I'm Dougal Trump...Where's My Tarantula?  and Wendy Meddour and Mina May prepare the way for Wendy Quill is a Crododile's Bottom in May

Friday, 26 April 2013

FEATURED ILLUSTRATOR - Layn Marlow: A Slow Evolution

Layn and Rufus,
photo © Tom Greenwood
Layn Marlow is the new Featured Illustrator
Check out her work on the Showcase site

Layn talks about her background as an illustrator and how her style gradually evolved.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Network News: Wales

By Gill James
Wales is an interesting region. I’ve lived there and I know that it is often easier to go into England and then back into Wales that actually cross it. There are mountains in the way! It’s a region that has its own language, yet what is spoken in the north is considerably different from what is spoken in the south. So as a region with a network it can be a challenge.   
So it is great that we have Holly Ireland looking after folk generally and organizing the monthly get together in the south.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Marketing Part One: It’s not rocket science, is it?

by Nicky Schmidt

Ask any author what they’d like to know more about, and one of the responses is inevitably “marketing”. This is far less about a desire for a career change, and far more about the need to make a living as a writer.

As the publishing world changes, so authors have increasing responsibility to raise their sales figures in the hope of not just improving their living, but also ensuring future publishing contracts.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 23rd April

I always enjoy reading Jan's editorial, and it's fascinating to see how the themes we explore on this site are reflected elsewhere on the SCBWI Blog Network, as members approach the issues in their own distinctive ways.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Ask A Publisher - Q&A with Sara O'Connor, Editorial Director at Hot Key Books

Are you an aspiring writer wanting to increase your chances of publication? Or a published author who wants to maximise their marketing strategy?

In this monthly column, Sara O'Connor, Editorial Director, Print and Digital at Hot Key Books answers your burning publishing questions.

Social Sheila Video: how to let people follow you on Facebook without becoming friends

Curious about the new "following" function on Facebook? This new and handy feature means you can let people listen to your public status updates on Facebook, even if they're not friends with you.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Not Seeing the Queen

Had such a busy week. I’ve been up to London three times and not once did I see the Queen but I did see lots of very nice people at The London Book Fair. We’ve had some postcards printed to promote SCBWI and Words & Pictures. I carried an arm-stretching number with me in my best shopping bag on Monday and persuaded every Scoobie I met, to take some. Thank you, lovely people.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Undiscovered Voices 2014 has Launched!

Undiscovered Voices 2014, the competition for unagented SCBWI members was launched last evening at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, in central London. The website is up where you can find out about some exciting new rules about eligibility and submissions for writers and illustrators. Find out about the judging panels, the honorary chair and the editors here.

Super news, Shortlists and Series Deals for This Week's Celebrating SCBWI's!

Steve Hartley

I'm thrilled to report the launch of a brand new series from Steve Hartley;  breaking news for Anne Marie Conway;  shortlistings for Sam Hepburn and a series deal for Julie Fulton!

Friday, 19 April 2013

Jan Ormerod

Jan Ormerod, who passed away earlier this year, was a much loved picture book illustrator and author. Born in Western Australia in 1946, Jan later settled in the UK, where her first picture book ‘Sunshine’ won the Mother Goose Award in 1982, the first of a remarkable series of books for children. Gillian McClure, who knew her well, here offers a personal memory.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

South East Network News

by Mariam Vossough 
Kathy and Mariam
The South East Network Co-ordinators are Mariam Vossough and Kathy Evans. If you're a SCBWI member living anywhere in the South East area they would love to hear from you. The whole area covers Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Kent, East and West Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. This Network News from the South East spotlights Southampton Fareham, Chichester, Canterbury and Woking.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Writing Humour for Children: Laughing all the way to the bank?

by Celia J Anderson

It’s easy for aspiring authors to think that all we need to do to make our fortune is to rattle off a funny children’s book. How hard can it be, for goodness sake?
J.K. did it in a café. Comedians like David Walliams got the under elevens sniggering. Even Madonna had a bash at it.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 16th April

It's an all-illustrator special on the Ten-Minute Blog Break today, which will hopefully also prevent it from becoming a twenty-five-minute blog break like last week!

Monday, 15 April 2013

Guest Blogger: Beyond the Book Deal by Bryony Pearce

Each month, Words & Pictures will be inviting a guest blogger to share their inspirations, writing tips and experiences of being a published author. 

In this first guest post, Bryony Pearce, author of Angel's Fury and The Weight of Souls writes about the journey that led to her second book deal.

Tips for Authors Working in Public and School Libraries – Part Two

In this second of our two-part library workshop feature, writer K. M. Lockwood outlines how authors can maximise sales and publicity at library events. 

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Another Top Week for Tips

It’s been a top week for tips, from K.M. Lockwood’s for Authors Working in Public and School Libraries (part 1) on Monday to Ten Top Tips and Techniques for Illustrators from Paul Morton on Friday, with Rosemary Bird-Hawkins' feature on writing workshops for kids the week before, we’re building a great resource.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

SCBWI Members Sparkle with Publications, Prizes and Popularity!

Paula Harrison
This week we celebrate Paula Harrison going from strength to strength, Linda Lawlor coming top of the class, Paul Morton hitting download success and Mike Brownlow winning a surprise prize!

Friday, 12 April 2013

Illustration: Ten Top Tips & Techniques

by Paul Morton

Over the years I've picked up, adapted and invented many time saving and money saving tips that I'd like to share with the budding and the experienced illustrator alike.
Some of these might seem obvious but hopefully others will be completely new to you.
Here goes ...

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Network News: London Network

Report by Anita Loughrey
I am the London Network coordinator, although I don’t live in London. I live in Thatcham, near Newbury. I write both fiction and non-fiction for children, as well as teacher resources and I have had over 50 books published. I have been a member of SCBWI for over ten years.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Ask an Agent - with Gemma Cooper and Molly Ker Hawn, from the Bent Agency

Have a question you've always wanted to ask an agent? Or looking for a query critique from those in the know?  Each month, agents Gemma Cooper and Molly Ker Hawn from the Bent Agency will be offering just that.

  In this first post, they tell us a bit more about themselves and the Bent Agency, and how Ask an Agent will work.

So you want to write for a living….

by Sam Hawksmoor

Rule One: If you ever apply for a mortgage, bank loan, car loan, insurance, NEVER admit to being a writer. There you are sitting at your desk at home happily blowing up the world and apparently these organisations think you are a higher risk than a front line army sniper behind enemy lines – much higher in fact.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

South West Writers At Large

Report from Lesley Moss

Some of us from the South West SCBWI group came out of our writing caves to meet for an impromptu Exeter Café Write-In just before the Easter break.
Our group included three Undiscovered Voices winners and one Cornerstones Wowfactor winner!

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 9th April

Heavens, has another week gone past? I'm really glad all of our clever Scoobies have been blogging so hard this week, because it gives me plenty to talk about. So without further ado...

Monday, 8 April 2013

Imogen Cooper: in search of cracking good stories

Rowena House went to rural Somerset to talk to Imogen Cooper, senior editor at Chicken House Publishing, about writing, the industry and her latest venture: the Golden Egg Academy which was launched earlier this year.

Tips for Authors Working in Public and School Libraries – Part One

School and public libraries are fantastic places to host author workshops, but if you're not sure where to start, author K.M. Lockwood has gathered some handy tips from librarians and authors. 

This two-part series will be sure to help you make the best of your time among the Dewey Decimal aisles. First up, here are some basics to think about when approaching libraries and planning your visit.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Making & Letting

Welcome to another week at Words & Pictures!
Last week was great; it’s a joy to see Duck & Bear up at last, I loved sneaking up on Kimberly Pauley while she’s working and George Kirk’s news from the North West made me smile. I wished I’d been at the pro series Making a Living event, Nick successfully guided me to the best of SCBWI blogs and Rosie Bird-Hawkins' how to feature on writing workshops for children is an excellent resource. Catch the comments, as Rosie’s also added to what was already a very practical post with some ideas on promoting yourself as a workshop provider.  
AND we have a NEW Slushpile Challenge

Saturday, 6 April 2013

SCBWI Members Scoop up Awards, Deals and Debuts!

Mo O’Hara celebrates the debut of her first book while Nicola Robinson, Ruth Eastham and Rosemary Hayes are delighting in award nominations and Liz De Jager and Rebecca Colby sign their first deals! Is there enough champagne in the whole of Britain for so much celebratory joy?!

Friday, 5 April 2013

Duck & Bear Episode 1

The first installment of Duck and Bear is now online!

Created by Amanda Lillywhite especially for Words and Pictures, Duck and Bear web comic follows the trials and tribulations of hopeful writer Duck as she struggles to polish her novel and achieve publication, supported by her friend Bear the illustrator.

Click on the image to read!

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Network News: North West Writers Chasing the Publication Dream

 Report by George Kirk

The North West Professional series 2013 events began on 16th March when Manchester City Library was full of the joys of spring. And why wouldn’t it be? Okay the sky was greying and the temperatures were dropping to Siberian levels. But the brilliant Lil Chase was preparing her presentation ‘Books that Sell and Sell Well’, and our publication hopes were rising like the daffodils outside.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Making a Living from Writing: Workshops

 Making money from writing isn’t just a case of getting published. You need to get creative and put your skills to a variety of uses. Running writing workshops for children is one way to supplement your income. 

Rosemary Bird-Hawkins tells us about her workshops and offers some very practical tips for anyone thinking of doing their own.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 2nd April

Welcome back to the Ten-Minute Blog Break. I hope you had a good Easter, and the time off has filled you with new ideas, or chocolate, or both!

London Professional Series - Making a Living as a Writer


This the first of our SCBWI event write ups for Making a Living as a Writer  that took place on March 21st 2013. It will give you a flavour of SCBWI events rather than a blow by blow account because we feel that wouldn’t be fair to those who have paid to come along. 

Monday, 1 April 2013

One Week UP

We’ve had a splendid first week! Thank you so much to everyone who’s viewed, read and especially, everyone who’s commented. We love comments; they’re the life of our magazine. Thank you.

Writing Spaces - where do we write, draw and dream?

An Interview with Kimberly Pauley
by Michelle Newell

In this series, we take a peek into the places and spaces where our authors and illustrators imagine, plan and create. This week, we chat to Kimberly Pauley, a full-time writer of YA fiction. 

She is American and lives in West London with her husband and five year old son. Kimberly is the author of Sucks to Be Me, Still Sucks to Be Me, and Cat Girl’s Day Off.