• Competitions,  Illustration

    A Fun Day Out Illustration Competition

    The results have come in for the New England Illustration Prize. Well done to the winners and everyone who entered! My illustration for the theme ‘A Fun Day Out,’ didn’t get selected but I am okay with that. Being a writer means you get used to rejections. I come away feeling that I am glad I entered because you have to be in it to win it, and if you don’t enter your chances are zero. Rejections seem to spur me on to do better next time and that’s the great thing about competitions. Plus, I come away with an illustration I might not have even bothered attempting if I…

  • Manuscripts,  Submissions,  Writing competitions

    Competition Feedback

      As some of you know, I like to enter writing competitions to develop my ability at the craft of writing. I have talked about what I feel you can get out of entering competitions before here. Over the weekend many aspiring and published writers received the results and feedback from the CYA Conference  – Children’s and Young Adult Writers And Illustrators Conference. This is the third year I have entered and over the 3 years I have submitted 8 manuscripts. 7 of which were picture books and 1 a junior chapter book. With your chapter book you only enter the first 1000 words so you have to grab the readers…

  • Voice

    Finding my voice

    For an author to improve it is essential that they submit their work to others for constructive criticism and feedback. I have done this on many occasions. My feedback has come from family, friends, my writers group, competitions, editors and publishing houses. The main area that needs more attention to detail is ‘my voice’. I need to find it. But firstly I needed to understand what that meant exactly. Luckily enough a few blogs have been written recently on this very topic: Emma walton Hamilton has written a great piece about ‘Voice Exercises‘. It is not an uncommon problem thankfully, as she says that: “Children’s book authors often grapple with…

  • 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…