• 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…

  • Manuscripts,  writing challenge

    Halfway through the 12 x 12 writing challenge!

    I woke up to a party going on in my writing blog world. It is official, we are half way through the 12 Picture books in 12 months in 2012 writing challenge. I have previously written about it here in my New Year – New Goals  post. The 12 x 12 writing challenge was the brain child of Julie Hedlund, visit her and join in her party too! While you’re at it, why don’t you click here and visit all the other 12 x 12 party goers too! So, have I managed to write a picture book manuscript each month so far? Thankfully the answer to that is yes! And…

  • Artwork,  Blogs,  Illustration

    Guest post on Alison K Hertz’ blog

    This week I appear as a guest on the blog of Alison K Hertz. A fellow writer and illustrator.  I met Alison virtually on the 12 x 12 in 2012 Picture Book Writing Challenge organised by Julie Foster Hedlund. This challenge has become a huge community of aspiring and successful children’s writers/authors who are all giving each other support and great tips along the way. On Alison’s blog I talk about my journey as a writer and my hopes and dreams of one day being published. The post also focuses on my artwork and the processes I go through to achieve my images. I felt quite privileged to be a…

  • 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…

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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…