• 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…

  • 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…

  • Critique groups,  Editors,  Manuscript Assessors,  Manuscripts,  professional editors

    Participating

    Once the last of my Christmas visitors have left I will be able to get down and back into my writing and drawing. Polishing, revising and rewriting manuscripts. Some I have recently received back from professional editors and manuscript assessors, and now have lots to read and think about. Once I feel my many stories are up to scratch they will be submitted to a variety of competitions, publishing houses and critique groups. Here are some things you might like to participate in: Manuscript Monday with Pan Macmillan Australia January Contest with QueryTracker.net blog Children’s & Young Adult Writers and Illustrator’s Contest with CYA Conference Frustrated Writers 2012 with the The Children’s…