Sunday, 13 July 2014

Helloooooo lovely readers!

Words & Pictures averages over a thousand page views a day - fewer if it's sunny! After a year and half of almost daily posts, there's a lot to look at and it makes it all worth while to know that people are enjoying what we put up on the web.

BUT it's comments from real readers that make us especially happy. They're the toy in the Kinder Egg, the plastic doggie from the amusement arcade, the funny joke in the christmas cracker…

Comments on the blog confirm we're reaching our target readership  - SCBWI members, writers and illustrators for children, and anyone interested in making stories for children and young people. They reassure us, tapping away alone on our sofas, that our words are finding a home not floating lost and alone in the void.

It does take time to comment - I can spend ages mulling over how a comment sounds - and still get it wrong! Also Blogger can make commenting difficult, especially on phones. But if you've enjoyed anything you've read this week we'd love to know - just letting us know that you're out there would be lovely.

Did you catch any of these?



Next week look out for:

  • Ask a Publisher - Rowena House interviews Karen Ball, Publisher at Little, Brown, Young Readers and Atom
  • Nicky Schmidt introduces her series of interviews with some of this year's crop of debut authors.
  • A new Featured Illustrator
  • And next Sunday 20th July at 2pm…. the children's results for The Chalkface Challenge!


From Janet's wonderful post on older debuts to Nicky's debut interviews you might think this month would be better called Debut month but each one of our debut authors were, not so long ago, 'nearly there' so we hope this month is an encouragement to those of us (though we probably don't know it) about to break through.

Nick is looking after this slot for me next week as I'm off celebrating an anniversary. Thanks Nick!

Have a good week!
Jan Carr



Jan Carr is the editor of Words & Pictures. Her fiction is all over the place, she blogs occasionally and loves to write in magenta. You can contact her at editor@britishscbwi.org.

14 comments:

  1. I worry about making inane comments...so usually don't! I like the variety of articles, but especially enjoy the stories of perseverance. Thx for everyone's hard work with W&P - it's an amazing free resource that helps me feel part of the writing community.

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    1. Thank You Sue, that's all good to know. I know what you mean about worrying about inane comments but i don't think you need too a cheery wave is fine!

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    2. All my comments are inane - but that never stopped me!

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  2. I agree with Sue W - too paranoid to comment further! Great job everyone

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  3. Dennis everything you've said has been great:)) - i really hope I'm not inducing paranoia!

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  4. Congratulations! An amazing achievement :)

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  5. Sorry I haven't been commenting as much as I should. But I do go back when I have the time to put a word in here and there. You guys are doing an amazing job. Thank you!

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    1. Candy YOU are amazing !
      Thank you

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  6. I'm comparatively new here and a bit bewildered by why I'm finding commenting makes me nervous. Here are two comments: it's great having a round-up post like this as it's easy to miss stuff day to day. And thanks for all the hard work you put in, Jan.

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    1. Thank you very much Karen - I really appreciate your kind words. It's really interesting too because I think commenting makes me nervous too or did and I haven't recognised that - of course it's much easier for me on here, BUT it's SO nice to see other lovely people like you join in.

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  7. Jan, I love Words and Pictures! I'm new too and am flabbergasted (I like that word, too) what you manage to put in week to week; I feel less lonely, more informed and always welcome. Along with my e-critique group, it's a lifeline. What a success you are! Thank you! :)

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    1. That is sooooo lovely Frances, thank you very much!

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  8. A thousand page views a day is quite something, congratulations!

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We love comments and really appreciate the time it takes to leave one.
Interesting and pithy reactions to a post are brilliant but we also LOVE it when people just say they've read and enjoyed.
We've made it easy to comment by losing the 'are you human?' test, which means we get a lot of spam. Fortunately, Blogger recognises these, so most, if not all, anonymous comments are deleted without reading.