• Editors,  Manuscript Assessors,  writing challenge

    Rate Your Story

    A while back I discovered this blog called Rate Your Story and have recently submitted two different manuscripts to their services. It is a brilliant free way of getting someone from their panel of judges to read your picture book manuscript and give a rating from 1 – 10 (1 = the best mark) and  a bonus extra little bit of feedback. Most of all it gives you some kind of indication of wether or not you are on the right track. Many of my fellow participants of Julie Hedlunds writing challenge 12 Picture books in 12 months in 2012 have also submitted their work and it is great to see…

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    New Year – New Goals

    This year I am going to really go for it and work my hardest to make my dream come true. To achieve this, there were a few things I had to do. The list below includes some of the things I have already put into action: ALREADY DONE Join SCBWI (Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators) Participate in e-mail critiques as well as face-to-face ones with my critique group (which I recommend to anyone embarking on a similar journey) Buy/borrow ‘Writing Picture Books’ by Ann Whitford Paul (coming in the post any day now) STILL TO DO Attend more critique group sessions Participate in more e-mail critiques Polish manuscripts that…

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    Participant Badge for 12 x 12 in 2012

      Now the festivities are over and family have moved on I can now focus on the new year and all it has to offer. On my list of things to achieve this year is the writing challenge in the image above organised by Julie Hedland. This means that I have to write 12 picture book drafts in 12 months! This does not mean a finished piece, although if you get that far, well done! It means a first draft: beginning, middle, end.  NOT a submission-ready piece. Now all I need is some peace and a little time to get started…