Monday, 31 October 2016

Social Media–Is It For You?


by Katya Bozukova

When it comes to social media, I get the feeling that we are all damned if we do, damned if we don’t. Sure, it has a number of benefits (visibility! New friends! Cat videos!) but....

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Small Big Celebration for a young writer


Many of us SCBWI members are parents and are passing on the writing gene to our children. I met member Emma Finlayson-Palmer at a Book Bound Retreat, so I felt I had to share her good news about her son, Aidan.


Thursday, 27 October 2016

Masterclass Event Report: Writing Funny with Mo O'Hara

@alexthepink
Banana skins, Blackadder and belly laughs. Alex English reports on the Writing Funny masterclass with Mo O'Hara. 

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

The Hook Finalists 2016!

#scbwicon16
The Hook 2016, SCBWI's own Dragons' Den style pitching event, is almost here and once again we have five finalists polishing their pitches for a fresh agent panel - Yasmin StandenDavinia Andrew-LynchAnne ClarkBryony WoodsThérèse Coen -  and of course, a very encouraging SCBWI conference audience.  You have to come to the conference to find out who the finalists actually are but here they've given us some clues. How do you compare? Do you have a 'pitch twin' in The Hook?

Monday, 24 October 2016

Who should be the next Children's Laureate?

Did you know that SCBWI has a voice in selecting the next U.K. Waterstone's Children's Laureate? 

This means you!


Saturday, 22 October 2016

A Fabulous First for Fir For Luck and Barbara Henderson

Barbara Henderson
My oldest daughter and I are big historical fiction fans, so when I saw that a new historical novel for upper MG/lower YA called Fir for Luck was hitting the book shelves from an SCBWI member, I dropped Barbara a line to see if she would tell us about her first launch.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Conference One-to-One Reviews for Illustrators

For any SCBWI illustrator who is still thinking about booking their conference place will you also be considering having a 1-1 portfolio review?

Even if you've already taken the plunge and have it all booked, signed up and planned, here are some comments and feedback from a selection of last year's illustrators who opted for a review. By Paul Morton


Thursday, 20 October 2016

Network News - North east - more changes in the networks

Cathy dances out into the sunset 

There’s more change in the Networks, as the vintage queen Cathy Brumby steps down from her role as joint Network Organiser for the North East and hands over the reins to Claire O’Brien. (By Marie Basting)

Event Report: SCBWI Agents' Party 2016

On Friday 30 September, somewhere in central London, 12 literary agents met a roomful of budding children's writers. Agents' Party newbie Jo Dearden reports... 

Monday, 17 October 2016

A Voice Thundering Down the Decades

A sign to Alderley Edge
by K. M. Lockwood @lockwoodwriter
This month's Inspiration Feature focuses on the influence of Alan Garner on writing for children in the British Isles and beyond. Known primarily for his fantasy works, there's much more to consider about the Cheshire-born author.


Saturday, 15 October 2016

The Watcher of the Skies Poetry anthology is out.

By Charlotte Comley

An exciting new poetry collection is out, and SCBWI member Dom Conlon is to be included.

Dom writes:

Poetry is the moment. Poetry is the cry, the shout, the look and the stop.

Poetry is now.

I'm living in the moment of celebration, and it's all thanks to poetry. I'm feeling the shout of having one of my poems published by one of the most exciting champions of poetry - The Emma Press as their latest anthology for children, The Watcher of the Skies, is released.

The Watcher of the Skies Poetry anthology is out.

By Charlotte Comley

An exciting new poetry collection is out, and SCBWI member Dom Conlon is to be included.

Dom writes:

Poetry is the moment. Poetry is the cry, the shout, the look and the stop.

Poetry is now.

I'm living in the moment of celebration, and it's all thanks to poetry. I'm feeling the shout of having one of my poems published by one of the most exciting champions of poetry - The Emma Press as their latest anthology for children, The Watcher of the Skies, is released.

The Watcher of the Skies Poetry anthology is out.

An exciting new poetry collection is out, and SCBWI member Dom Conlon is to be included.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Inaugural Illustrators Meet-up, South-East Scotland

@Dulemba
  Often it's the smaller, more intimate gatherings that can make a real difference to the work of SCBWI supporters on a local level. Recently members in Edinburgh got together for the very first Illustrators' critique group for Scotland.  Catherine Lindow reveals what happened.



Thursday, 13 October 2016

Event Report: How To Optimise Your Chances of Publication


@WordsAwayUK 
Keen SCBWIs gathered recently at The Savoy Tup, a London pub located just off the Strand, for an evening of industry insider tips. Mandy Rabin introduced the panel which included SF Said, author of Varjak Paw and Phoenix, Julia Churchill, Literary Agent at AM Heath, Sarah Stewart, Senior Fiction Editor at Usborne Publishing Ltd. and Dee Shulman, Illustrator/Author of Hetty the Yetty and Polly Price series. The panel covered a broad range of topics culminating in questions from the audience. Here’s a summary of the evening's highlights.

Network News: South West Say Hello, Wave Goodbye


By Marie Basting 
So we’ll start with the bad news. Our lovely South West Networks Organiser, Jo Thomas, has only gone and moved to Wales. This means she’s had to step down from the role. Jo was only with us for a short while, but during that time she set up regular meets in and around the Bristol and Bath area, hosting some great events. As for what she couldn’t do with Mailchimp …



Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Writers' Minds - with David Almond

@davidjalmond
Image credit - 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. This month I had to pinch myself and have a stiff cup of tea after interviewing the one, the only, David Almond

#writersminds 


Monday, 10 October 2016

Ask a Picture Book Editor

How Should I
                                              My Picture Book Submission?


Saturday, 8 October 2016

Kate Wiseman signs with Therese Coen at Madeleine Milburn


I’m sure that many readers have been to the conferences, the one to ones and the agents' parties in the hopes of being signed by an agent. So I’m delighted to share Kate’s story which shows that it does happen. (By Charlotte Comley)

Friday, 7 October 2016

Featured Illustrator: Patrick Miller

This month's Featured Illustrator is London-based Patrick Miller. After a career path in other genres and media, Patrick renewed his foremost interest in illustration and has developed a distinctive worldly style. His artwork is now finding great success in publishing. See more of his work in the Featured Illustrator Gallery




Thursday, 6 October 2016

Network News: North-west, sleeping amongst the books – a writers’ retreat 1-2 October 2016


Lovely grounds for a lovely building
What bliss. Two days of concentrating on writing and other writerly activity. And where better than in a residential library? Yes, Gladstone’sLibrary has rooms you can book that are of the quality of a four-star hotel. There is a cosy lounge and all meals are provided in a very attractive dining-room that overlooks the grounds.  (by Gill James)


The Panicky Pitch

On a sun-drenched afternoon, the members of SCBWI South East Scotland were gathered together. Pitching, a word some writers associate with panic and sweaty palms, was on our minds. Safe in the hands of Lindsey Fraser, co-founder of Scottish literary agency, Fraser Ross Associates and Jennifer Laughran, literary agent from US-based Andrea Brown Literary Agency, we stepped into the world of How To Pitch Without Panicking

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

The Debut Author Series - Eugene Lambert

@eugene_lambert

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, 3 October 2016

Winners of SCBWI's Margaret Carey Scholarship to 2016 Winchester Conference!


We’re delighted to announce this year’s winners of the Margaret Carey Scholarship, awarded in memory of children's writer, illustrator and SCBWI volunteer Margaret Carey. The award is judged on merit and need.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Another Superb Celebration for Sara Grant


@AuthorSaraGrant
Sara was one of my tutors at Winchester University so I am delighted to announced that her new book Mystery at the Ice Hotel is out in October.