The mingling has begun...

Had a lovely time with Nancy on Friday to start the handover process in earnest. We're doing this gradually - think of it like a gradient in a text box fill - one colour at one end of the box and another at the other and in the middle a delicious mingling of the two. That's where we are!

We're sharing the email for a while so please make it clear which one of us you're after and be aware that we're both reading - seemed a lot easier than relying one of us remembering to cc the other for info.

Last week, along with other important reminders, Slush Pile Challenge, The Conference (do hope you booked), I flagged up this year's Advent Calendar. It was brilliant last year and we're doing the same again this year! Can't wait to see the seasonal images and read the tweetable microfiction comments you, yes you, are going to come up with to go with them!

Are you an illustrator with a seasonal image you'd be happy to let us include in our 2014 Advent Calendar?

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 Morton via the SCBWI Facebook group, the SCBWI yahoo group or email with the subject: FAO Paul for Advent and I'll forward. We're only accepting contributions from SCBWI British Isles members but we're delighted to share the results with everyone!

I have dithered far too long on the Internet this morning so here's a shout out to the great posts we've had this week:
Ask a Picture Book Editor - spot the best Picture Book Cover EVER! Go on, tell me in the comments which one you think I think that is.
The Blog Break - this is the main reason I have dithered on the Internet!
YAY and Hooray for THE CONFERENCE VOLUNTEERS!  What a splendid bunch!
The Anatomy of a Monster  Nicola L. Robinson is the queen of monster making! and for the Big Draw she has some tips for you to have a go at creating one of your own!
Huge Congratulations to Sally! -  What a joy it was to post this:)

Being less than two weeks to the conference, we're balancing flexibility with scheduling as different conferency posts pop up, so look in through the week to see what's up!

But be sure to catch 'From Your Editor' next week. It'll be Nancy's first!

Hope you're having a great Sunday!

Jan Carr

* Have just realised what a ! heavy post this is. Hey ho, exclamation marks - they're the hundreds and thousands of the punctuation universe - how I love to sprinkle them:)

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

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