In the flow...

Welcome to February and I think we're in the flow. There's been talk about voice in the SCBWI ether over the last week or so. We've had Nicky Schmidt's epiphany and Maureen Lynas' boil on the bum incident - if that won't make you click over to Nick's blog break, don't know what will!

Thanks for coming back!

It's Valentine's month and here on Words & Pictures, we also have a month of passion - with maybe just a sparge* of romance. (Did Catriona inspire you to embiggen your vocabulary too?) Passion and voice, like chips and tomato sauce, not sure you can have one without the other.

Today is the last day to send in your entries for the Slush Pile Challenge...

If you haven't already, today is the last day to send in your entries for the Slush Pile Challenge to be in with the chance of winning a wonderful afternoon of opportunity at OUP. Opportunities abound here on Words & Pictures - Gemma and Molly have been giving some more invaluable feedback on two readers' queries. Send in your questions and queries for Sally Anne Sweeney, next month's Ask an Agent.

Sally Kindberg is our new featured Illustrator and it's great to have some more comic fun. There's lots to read, learn and laugh about on Sally's post and gallery. We're in the flow here too, because yesterday was…. could well be in danger of stealing Nick's Blog Break thunder here so I'll leave you guessing. But congratulations again to Sam Zuppardi and Julie-Anne Graham whose picture book successes we also celebrated yesterday. 

Next week we're delighted to welcome Beverly Birch with some excellent voice related insights - why we should trust  our subconscious.  We have some graphic design 'Book Basics' from Gillian McClure and Lisa Kirkham and the first sparge of romance from Celia Anderson and her year 5s who give us their views on 'The Yuk Factor' - I love this focus group!

Hope it's a great week!

Jan Carr
*metaphorically speaking

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 comment:

  1. It kept me guessing too - it's taken me about an hour to work out what you were alluding to! But never fear, the event will be celebrated in tomorrow's Blog Break.


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