Thursday, 30 June 2016

Twenty Years of SCBWI British Isles – The Summer of Celebrations Continues (Network News)

Congratulations to our London Network Organisers, Tania Tay and Karen Taylor, who launched our summer birthday celebrations in style with a full day of partying on the 20th June. We’ll feature more about the London celebrations soon. 
The party now moves to the East of the country with gatherings this weekend in our Central East and North East networks.  

Do you want to know who will be speaking at this year's SCBWI conference?

If you didn't know about it already and haven't highlighted the dates in your calendar, the Winchester SCBWI  2016 conference is confirmed for the 19th and 20th of November.  Today I'm so pleased to be able to reveal the fabulous new banner as well as the three key note speakers for the event.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Winchester Conference - Exciting Announcement to celebrate 20 years SCBWI BI

(from left) Keely Parrack,
Meg Fleming Lentz, Lin Oliver

I’m super excited to announce Lin Oliver, Executive Director and Co-founder of SCBWI will be at this year’s conference in Winchester on 19th & 20th November 2016. 

Have you saved the date yet? 

Monday, 27 June 2016

Poetry Joe: The world is getting smaller, art is more necessary than ever

The world is getting smaller.

I've always been motivated by travel. At seventeen, when asked what I would like to study at university, the choice was obvious - choose the course with the compulsory fieldwork. 

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Girl Frozen by Louise Roberts

Louise Roberts

Louise Roberts entered our January 2016 Slush Pile Challenge set by Louise Lamont literary agent at LBA Books. 

Louise Roberts won this challenge by submitting a blurb and an opening of up to 2000 words for a love story. She tells us why she entered the competition and all about her experience of discussing her submission with Louise Lamont, literary agent at LBA Books.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Andy Shepherd Celebrates her Success

I thought I was a busy person, but Andy Shepherd beats me hands down. Andy is a mother of two young sons, juggles writing, going to college, doing a PGCE, teaching English and becoming a Campaigns Officer for Oxfam!

Friday, 24 June 2016

Illustrator Masterclass: Thinking Outside the Box with ‘OKIDO’

On Saturday 11th June I was delighted to attend the latest SCBWI Illustrator Masterclass, which was a workshop run by the Co-Creator of Okido magazine, Sophie Dauvois and her talented Art Director, Maggie Li. By Shana Nieberg-Suschitzky

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Why Retreat?

From Edit-Crazy to Zen: Lucy van Smit shares her experience on the 2016 SCBWI Writer's Retreat.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The Editor/Author Relationship with Chris Mould and Rachel Wade

What’s it really like to work closely with an editor, from initial idea through to final proofs, ready for the book to hit the shelves? 

We asked Author-Illustrator Chris Mould and Rachel Wade, Commissioning Editor at Hachette Children’s Group, to talk us through each stage from their own point of view. 

Monday, 20 June 2016

The Longest Day

Summer Solstice Sunrise over Stonehenge 2005

Today is the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Not, perhaps, the most obviously relevant fact for writers and illustrators of children's books, but I would like to show that thinking around it could make a difference.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Three Cheers for John Condon

Today is a great day to be a Celebrations Editor. Just before I attend a Sara Grant Bookbound masterclass I find out that the wonderful John Condon was picked up by Nosy Crow at a similar event!

Thursday, 16 June 2016

How to Write Picture Books – A Nosy Crow Masterclass

On 12 September 2015, I went to Nosy Crow headquarters to learn more about the children’s book market and how to submit the perfect picture book. It was an information packed day led by the formidable Kate Wilson, Nosy Crow’s Managing Director. 

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Proofreading Quotes from Proofreading Tips

Proofreading your Work in Progress? Looking for inspiration? This month Catriona brings us memorable quotes to keep us going. Some you might know, some you won't. Read on...

"Any correction of the speech or writing of others will contain at least one grammatical, spelling, or typographical error.” Erin McKean, Lexicographer 

Monday, 13 June 2016

Erica's Elephant, or, The Interview

Sylvia Bishop is a recent graduate who is as surprised as anyone to find herself a published author already! Her friend Alice Winn interviewed her about her book Erica's Elephant, which has just come out.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Q&A with Teri Terry winner of the SCBWI BI Crystal Kite Award

We caught up with Teri Terry to congratulate her on winning the Crystal Kite with her novel Mind Games and ask a few questions about being a SCBWI member, writing and her ever successful career. 

Saturday, 11 June 2016

'More of Me' has Sold to its Sixth Territory

By Charlotte Comley
Many readers know the frustration of trying to get a book published, but how many years do we keep trying on the same novel? It took Kathryn Evans fifteen years to get More of Me published. When she got the deal, of course, she was delighted, but didn't expect even more good news.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Featured Illustrator: Mary Hays

Our Featured Illustrator for his month is Australian-born, Cambridge based Mary Hays. An MA graduate of the children's book illustration course at Anglia Ruskin University, Mary's intriguing print-based illustrations are underpinned by contrasting tones and texture. See more examples of Mary's work in her Featured Illustrator Gallery.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

An Evening With Neil Gaiman

The Word Factory masterclass on the 25th May at Waterstones, Piccadilly, promised a rare event, two hours of Neil Gaiman  talking from the heart about his writing life. Kellie Jackson reports.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Results - Slush Pile Challenge - April 2016

Helen Mackenzie Smithliterary agent at Bell Lomax Moreton set this challenge.

My challenge was to produce a picture book text that covered one of life's important lessons (including, but not remotely limited to: being kind, being truthful, being considerate/polite, showing love, showing perseverance, etc) in a way that was funny, and not overly didactic or cute. I'm quite partial to a 'filip' or twist at the end, but that wasn't compulsory! Text length to be around the 500-750 word count mark.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Katie Dale's Special Invitation to her SCBWI friends

Today’s good news comes from Katie Dale.

After years of writing YA and younger children's fiction, Katie has broken into middle grade fiction with MUMNESIA!  Her new novel, a comedy/drama pitched as "Freaky Friday - without magic!" 

Thursday, 2 June 2016

2016 SCBWI Writing Retreat by Katya Bozukova

Bluebell Woods
You have a story in you that nobody else can tell. No-one will write your book because nobody can write your book. It is already unique by virtue of being created by you. 

A Summer of Celebrations - Happy Birthday SCBWI British Isles (Network News)

A Summer of Celebrations - Happy Birthday 
By Marie Basting

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of SCBWI British Isles. To celebrate, the Networks will be hosting a Summer of Celebrations, with birthday gatherings across the country

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

The Debut Author Series - Shirley McMillan

Shirley McMillan's Debut
A Good Hiding

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.