Down to business

The business for me this week is to focus. This is me focussing. My WIP end is in sight and I aim to get there imminently, very soon at least.

We have plans - Paul Morton is doing a splendid job of collecting contributions for a Words & Pictures Advent Calendar. Thank you very much to the illustrators so far who have contributed seasonal images for our December posts.

Are you an illustrator and do you have a 'seasonal' image for our December posts? 

Seasonal can be winter or another December faith/cultural celebration as well as Christmas. It would be wonderful to have at least 24 illustrators represented! If you would like to contribute please contact Paul via FB, the SCBWI yahoo group  or The Ning. We are only accepting contributions from SCBWI British Isles members but we are delighted to share the results with everyone!

When we post our 'Advent' images in December we'll be inviting Tweet length comments inspired by the day's image - we'll tweet each day's best 'comment' from @Words8Pictures and @SCBWI_BI. Im still thinking through out exactly how that will work but it would be fabulous to collect lots of pithy tweety seasonal ultra short fiction to enhance the illustrations.

Don't forget the current Slushpile Challenge's deadline is this Thursday 31st October.

If you're waiting for a new Chalkface Challenge, apologies that it will probably now be after Christmas but one 7- 9 yr old fiction is still very much on the cards if you know a school who'd like to be involved please do let me know. Don't forget the current Slushpile Challenge's deadline is this Thursday 31st October.

Are you going to the conference and would like to be part of the W&P reporting team? 

Are you going to the conference and would like to  be part of the W&P reporting team? Please do let David know via Also I'm looking for a photographer to take pictures of each person participating in the conference mass book launch - could you take lots of joyful author with book shots?

I'm doing well all very business like so far...

Last week not to be missed were:

Also I hope you had a coffee with Nick, you've remembered what's happening on the 5th of November and you've admired this years wonderful set of conference badges.

Now next week...

  • Candy Gourlay is our Guest Author Blogger yay!
  • Joint Writing Features editor, Katrina Charman, has turned contributor for a fab post on why NanoWrimo
  • Sally Poyton will be sharing her strategies for overcoming her dyslexia to blog email comment, write books even!
  • And we have another brilliant Picture Book Basics Post from John Shelley

I wish you all many words and lots of productivity,

Jan Carr

Jan Carr is the editor of Words & Pictures. Her fiction is older middle grade, she blogs occasionally and loves to write in magenta. You can contact her at


  1. Good luck with your WIP Jan!
    I'm looking forward to seeing the seasonal illos go up.


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