Friday, 25 December 2015

Happy Christmas!

25th December ~ Heather Kilgour



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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Christmas Eve is here!

24th December ~ Clare Tovey


#W8PAdvent ~
 Clare Tovey

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Hook, Line & Sinker! Event report by Natalie Yates

The Hook panel
Ok, so you’ve painstakingly polished your manuscript to perfection after months, probably years, of hard graft. You’ve researched, plotted and structured, then restructured and rewritten and recreated your pride and joy.  


You’re ready to submit or given the opportunity, to pitch direct to an agent or publisher. 

Let’s go with the latter. 

Your mouth’s dry, your hands are sweaty and your heart’s beating like an African drum. Mentally your head’s awash with taglines, themes, character profiles, market analysis and book comparisons. 

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Advent is here!

23rd December ~ Gary Fabbri


#W8PAdvent ~
 Gary Fabbri


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Debut Author Series: UPDATES

After the Debut

After the debut… By Nicky Schmidt 


As a round up to a busy year and a half of Debut Author Interviews, I decided to find out what happened to our authors after that first thrilling experience of becoming a published author. 

Has it been all plain sailing or has it been a challenge? Have riches, success and glory followed? What lessons have been learned, what experience gained? I caught up with several authors to find out what life after the debut has been like. 

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Advent is here!

22nd December ~ Jenny Causebrook Moss



#W8PAdvent ~
 Jenny Causebrook Moss
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Ten-Minute Blog Break - 22nd December

Logo by Melany Pietersen
Yikes! How did it get to be the 22nd of December already? I hope that all your shopping, wrapping and cooking is safely in hand, and you can settle down for ten minutes with a cup of festive beverage and a selection of great SCBWI-BI blog posts...

Monday, 21 December 2015

Advent is here!

21st December ~ Fiona Gomez


#W8PAdvent ~
 Fiona Gomez

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Debut Author Series: UPDATES

After the Debut

After the debut… 

By Nicky Schmidt 


As a round up to a busy year and a half of Debut Author Interviews, I decided to find out what happened to our authors after that first thrilling experience of becoming a published author. 

Has it been all plain sailing or has it been a challenge? Have riches, success and glory followed? What lessons have been learned, what experience gained? I caught up with several authors to find out what life after the debut has been like. 

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Advent is here!

20th December ~ Angela Russel



#W8PAdvent ~
 Angela Russel

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Crystal Kite Award 2015

Today, we have a very special film highlighting the fabulous books in the running for the Crystal Kite Award for the British Isles & Ireland 2015. And the winner is...


Saturday, 19 December 2015

Advent is here!

19th December ~ Sue Rundle-Hughes



#W8PAdvent ~
 Sue Rundle-Hughes

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Friday, 18 December 2015

Advent is here!

18th December ~ Julie Wilson



#W8PAdvent ~ Julie Wilson

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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Advent is here!

17th December ~ Anna Violet



#W8PAdvent ~
 Anna Violet

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#SCBWICON15 Survival Guide to Being a Debut Author

Olivia Levez
@livilev

The Debut Debrief was hosted by Candy Gourlay (author of Tall Story and Shine) and Mo O’Hara (My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish series) in conversation with Jasmine Richards (author of The Book of Wonders and editor at OUP). 



Here are their survival tips: 



Network News: South West, Bristol meet-up




By Jak Harrison


Banging on the door of The Hole in the Wall pub in Bristol before opening time not only made me feel desperate, I probably looked it too. Fellow desperado Fran Price had apparently arrived even earlier than me and had quickly scuttled off to a far more respectable coffee establishment before being spotted. It felt like a scene from ‘The Unexpected Party’ (The Hobbit) with a little clutch of writers keen to get indoors!

This was just my second meeting, so I was a little nervous to say the least. Who would be there? Would everyone know each other, leaving me as the newbie sitting on the sidelines biting my nails? After the initial embarrassment of not gaining entry to the HITW, I couldn’t have wished for a more welcoming group. Thank you Jo Thomas, Nicky Keller, Glyn Scott, Mike Pringle, Fran Price and Claire Fayers for making me feel so welcome.

Before the meeting, Jo had asked if someone would write a blog for Words & Pictures – so I thought it would make me feel safer with a ‘screen’ separating me from the unknown if I offered :) I certainly felt more official – a reason for being there, so to speak…

The meeting started with a quick intro which set the tone for the discussion that followed. Some of the topics covered included:
·         How to keep motivated
·         Ideas we’re working on – love Mike’s ‘Auto-pets’ idea
·         Energy – remember it’s a resource, not infinite, so spend it wisely
·         Plotter or panster? Most said they liked the story to unfold – too much plotting made them feel like the story was already written – leaving little room to breath
·         Gender – boys/girls books (argh)
·         What kids actually like to read (Glyn worked as a headmaster and now delivers creative writing based workshops in schools – so shared his insider info on this).

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Advent is here!

16th December ~ Jo Byatt


#W8PAdvent ~
 Jo Byatt

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Debut Author Series: UPDATES

After the Debut

After the debut… By Nicky Schmidt 


As a round up to a busy year and a half of Debut Author Interviews, I decided to find out what happened to our authors after that first thrilling experience of becoming a published author. 

Has it been all plain sailing or has it been a challenge? Have riches, success and glory followed? What lessons have been learned, what experience gained? I caught up with several authors to find out what life after the debut has been like. 

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Advent is here!

15th December ~ Bridget Strevens Marzo



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Ten-Minute Blog Break - 15th December

Logo by Melany Pietersen
There were an unprecedented number of great blog posts this week, to the extent that I've had to move a couple of them into next week's Blog Break!

Instead of decking the halls, is the run up to Christmas actually about clearing the decks?

Monday, 14 December 2015

Advent is here!

14th December ~ Mike Brownlow

#W8PAdvent ~ Mike Brownlow
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Debut Author Series: UPDATES

After the Debut

After the debut… 
By Nicky Schmidt 


As a round up to a busy year and a half of Debut Author Interviews, I decided to find out what happened to our authors after that first thrilling experience of becoming a published author. 

Has it been all plain sailing or has it been a challenge? Have riches, success and glory followed? What lessons have been learned, what experience gained? I caught up with several authors to find out what life after the debut has been like. 

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Advent is here!

13th December ~ Demelsa Haughton



#W8PAdvent ~ Demelsa Haughton

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SCBWI-BI Outstanding Contribution Awards 2015

This year, the award for Outstanding Contribution celebrates not just one fabulous volunteer, but several wonderful people right across the British Isles chapter. 


Saturday, 12 December 2015

Advent is here!

12th December ~ Katie Weymouth



#W8PAdvent ~ Katie Weymouth

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Friday, 11 December 2015

Another Conference Report

Before we weigh anchor and sail off over the horizon on 2015, here's another broadside of highlights from the recent SCBWI conference in Winchester, brought to us by long time illustrator member Katherine Lynas!






Advent is here!

11th December ~ Lynne Chapman


#W8PAdvent ~
 Lynne Chapman

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Thursday, 10 December 2015

Advent is here!

10th December ~ Rikin Parekh



#W8PAdvent ~ Rikin Parekh


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