• Illustration,  Picture Books

    New Year – New Projects

    It’s a brand new year and a perfect time to feel refreshed and get stuck into some new projects. I have participated in #doodleadayjan and started an online writing and illustrating picture books course which I am throughly enjoying. I need prompts to make me work and this has been great for getting me to try new skills with my drawing. #doodleadayjan was a good way to warm up my skills and not forget them before starting the course. Here is a selection of my hand drawn illustrations from the drawing challenge: And here is a selection of my digital illustrations: I’m so glad I participated as I felt there…

  • Agents,  Competitions,  Critique groups,  Illustration,  Manuscripts,  Picture Books,  Uncategorized

    Writing Processes Blog Tour

    Thank you to Penny Morrison for inviting me to be part of the ‘Writing Processes Blog Tour.’ Penny is the author of the Hey! series and is currently having her debut picture book illustrated  (to be published by Walker Books Au). How exciting is that! Have a look at Penny’s post for the ‘Writing Processes Tour. So here are the following questions to explain my processes: What am I working on? Everything at the moment, which feels a bit hectic. But I am working for 3 deadlines/closing dates which are happening in the following week: I have to submit manuscripts for appraisals at this years SCBWI Conference submit a manuscript to CYA…

  • Picture Books,  Printables

    On the ninth day of christmas printable

    There are 4 more weeks till Christmas Eve! Twas the night before Xmas And all through the house Not a creature was stirring Not even a mouse… and that’s because they were all busy quietly colouring in The Jersey 12 Days Of Christmas printable sheets. 🙂   Here is the next one: On the ninth day of Christmas A very tasty dish made from beans and pork. It warms your tummy on a winter’s day. (Text from my children’s book The Jersey 12 days Of Christmas available here: My Books)   It is a family tradition to always have a cup of hot bean crock and a slice of buttered…

  • Picture Books,  writing challenge

    Picture Book Month & PiBoIdMo2013!

    The 1st of November is quite a big day in the world  of picture books for the following two reasons:   1. – It is the first day of PiBoIdMo 2103 which means anyone participating has to come up with a new picture book idea or concept each day of November! Find out more here: PiBoIdMo2013. Have you come up with your idea for day 1 yet? Thankfully, mine just came to me after reading todays post on Tara Lazar’s blog via guest Diane De Las Casas. So that’s 1 down 29 to go. 🙂     2. – It is also Picture Book Month which means it is the…

  • Manuscripts,  Picture Books,  Writing competitions

    KBR Unpublished Picture Book Manuscript Award 2013

    Although I am self-published with my little book ‘The Jersey 12 Days Of Christmas,’ I still aspire to be what is known as ‘traditionally published’ through a well known publishing house. Here is a defintion by Gene Mirabelli at Critical Pages: “The names of The Big Six may be familiar to you as distinguished old publishing houses. They are Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, Random House, Macmillan, The Penguin Group, and Hachette. Only two of The Big Six are US companies: Simon and Schuster, and HarperCollins. The others are foreign: two are German, one is British and the other is French.” Until I get a manuscript accepted by a big publisher I…

  • Critique groups,  Manuscripts,  Picture Books

    Join a critique group

    If you want to be a writer, whether it be for picture books, chapter books, middle grade, young adult or adult novels, whatever the age or genre the best thing you can do for yourself and your craft is to join a critique group. I have been in my critique group for nearly three years now and not only has my own writing changed and improved with time  but it has also been a joy to watch the everyone else improve their writing too.   It will always amaze me at how differently everyone sees your own work. How useful it is when errors are spotted that you had not…

  • Manuscripts,  Picture Books,  writing challenge

    12x12x12 Picture Book Writing Challenge Completed!

    At the beginning of the year I wrote about a writing challenge I had decided to join: Participant Badge for 12 x 12 in 2012. Then half way through the year I wrote about it again to mark a milestone: Halfway through the 12 x 12 writing challenge. Now we have come to the end of the year and it is time to write the final update about the challenge and how I went with it. I am glad to say I did it, I managed to write 12 manuscript drafts for picture books and I am now looking forward to rereading them again in the new year. I look forward to…

  • Picture Books

    PiBoIdMo 2012 Complete

    Yesterday I completed a writing challenge – the PiBoIdMo 2012 – which stands for Picture Book Ideas Month. This is the second year that I have participated in this PiBoIdMo writing challenge. I have written previously about it here, PiBoIdMo 2012 and here, PiBoIdMo 2011. The great thing about this challenge is that I now have 30 new picture book concepts that I can work on over the next year. Last year 2 out of the 30 ideas have turned into complete manuscripts. 2 others have potential and 1 has been turned into a middle grade chapter book. The challenge is great for encouraging you to brainstorm for new ideas. Some will…

  • ebooks,  Picture Books,  Self-published

    Self published Christmas book!

      In the very near future I will (fingers crossed) be announcing the end of some very hard work and the beginning of my first self-published children’s picture book. Although I am aware that this is not the end of the hard work, as marketing your book can be tough. The book is aimed at anyone with connections to Jersey, Channel Islands, the book contains illustrations to go with a very classic Christmas rhyme. It can also be used as an early reader and counting book. How good is that, reading, counting and singing all in one book! The self-published route is a huge learning curve. Here are just a…

  • Artwork,  Illustration,  Picture Books

    Backgrounds

    Backgrounds for me are a tricky thing – I never know whether to leave it blank, add a bit of colour or add detail. IWhen adding colour I need to consider consistency of colour. Am I keeping the same tone with each illustration. Does it look right if some background colours are bold and others are softer? Here are two examples;   I initially used a green background as pumpkins grow in Autumn where I am from. But then I got thinking about the colour wheel and how opposite colours make each other stand out more.   Plus, we associate pumpkins with Halloween, so I decided to make it night…