Wednesday, 31 August 2016

SCBWI collaboration - #LostandFound

Lost & Found: how 5 debut SCBWI authors found each other… 





Picture this: a day of rare August sunshine in Southbank, and five debut YA authors all converge at the National Theatre for their very meeting. The reason? To collaborate on a national Waterstones tour; to join forces to help support, promote and present at group events. 

Sunday, 28 August 2016

The Hook - One Year On

@sheilamaverbuch 
 Of all the opportunities SCBWI offers members to bring their work into the light and get professional feedback, The Hook pitching competition is my favourite. Winning the Hook 2015 gave me a huge boost when I needed it most, and if you have a project that’s ready for agents to consider, consider applying to The Hook first. 

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Joint Celebration for Tim Collins and James Lawrence

By Charlotte Comley As a special needs teacher I understand the value of books for reluctant readers. I’m fabulously impressed with the titles of the EIGHT books in this series, which are exciting enough to tempt even the most squeamish scholar. The League of Enchanted Heroes by Tim Collins and James Lawrence is due to be published in September 2016.

Friday, 26 August 2016

To Share or Not to Share

© John Shelley
@Godfox


 One of the dilemmas faced by illustrators is how much of our work to share on social media. It’s the big wide world of the web, our friends and followers are out there, eagerly awaiting our latest post of finished artwork, work-in-progress, sketches, experiments and doodles. And then there’s the potential clients who scour social media searching for their next hot illustrator, we need to show them what we’re up to! .....Or do we? (By John Shelley)


Thursday, 25 August 2016

Discover How To Pitch Your Book Without Panicking

It's never going to be a breeze to describe your book concisely to an editor or agent, but pitching can get easier with practice, especially if you know the kind of pitch a publishing professional wants to hear. 

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

@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

Network News: Wales SCBWI Birthday Celebrations




 Wales - famous for cake?

If Wales is not famous for its cake, then it should be.  Dragons, rugby and cake - although rugby was overtaken by football on the day we met in Carmarthen.
Text and pictures by Claire Fayers and Zoë Thomas.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Writers' Minds: Candy Gourlay

Image: Whizzy Barr

Ever wondered what makes a writer tick? What cogs of creativity whirr to bring stories to life? 



We take a peek into the minds behind the craft and probe for creative rituals, routines and inspiration hunting.


#writersminds 

Monday, 8 August 2016

What Writing Well Really Means


How’s this for irony: the two things that writers focus on first and foremost are the exact two things that tend to keep their stories from getting out of the starting gate: beautiful writing and a well-structured, dramatic plot.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Debut Author Series - Ally Sherrick

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, 1 August 2016

SCBWI Conference Scholarship for 2016!

If you’re a member of SCBWI British Isles and you’d love to come to the conference in Winchester on 18th-20th November, but money is an issue, READ ON.