• Pitch

    Tamson Weston 12 x 12 Pitch Contest

    Last week I entered my first ever pitch contest over at Julie Hedlunds – Write Up My Life Blog.  The incentive for doing the pitch was to a) do something I hadn’t done before, b) challenge myself, c) it was a great opportunity to win a manuscript critique from Tamson Weston (a published book author), at $300 value!!! Thank you for the opportunity Julie and Tamson… Here is my pitch, hope you like it. Pitch: Libby watches all the other young limpets play in the waves. She doesn’t feel she will ever be brave enough to join in, or will she?   First line: “Incoming!” The young limpets squealed in delight as the…

  • Blogs

    Liebster Blog Award

    This week I received The Liebster Blog Award by Alison Hertz a fellow 12 Picture Books in 12 months in 2012 Writing Challenge participant. So, firstly, a big Thank You’ Alison! I had not heard the term ‘Liebster’ before and therefore googled the meaning. According to a german to english dictionary translation on Dict.cc it can mean: beloved darling sweetheart. The award is designed to celebrate bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers. By highlighting other fantastic blogs, more people will become aware of the world of knowledge, creativity and communityship (forgive me for making up this word but it just felt the right way to say it) that there is out…

  • 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…

  • Illustration


    I felt inspired to create my own Valentines image. The inspiration came from the book: Me Want Pet which sounds great from the review. Simple language is used very effectively, alongside the simple images. I am still a novice at digital art and have a lot to learn still. But it is enjoyable never-the-less!

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


    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…

  • Illustration

    Getting the hang of Art Rage

    I have been playing around with the art package Art Rage on my Bamboo tablet for a little while and am slowly getting the hang of it. In the images below I have shown 2 different stages for a character I have been starting to explore. This is the half way through stage. I used airbrush for the coloured areas and chalk for the outline. I have not used these 2 mediums before (not digitally anyway). I really enjoyed the challenge of trying to make the subject not too life like which is generally the style of my artwork. For the first go I am pretty pleased with it, of…

  • writing challenge

    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…

  • writing challenge

    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…

  • ebooks

    Passing on your love of books to the next generation

      One of the biggest drives behind authors wanting to write books is to keep the love of reading going. As a parent I want to do this regardless of the medium. In the Telegraph this week one of the headlines says: Gerald Durrell stories reissued for ebook generation I loved Gerald Durrells My Family and Other Animals book. It was on the curriculum at secondary school. The teacher had no difficulty in getting us to read it because it was such a great book. His humour and observation were brilliant (and I wish I could write like that). I will definately be encouraging my children to read it when they…