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Tuesday 14th March saw the fifth outing for Picture Book Club. This time we were in Windsor. Thank you once again to Waterstones for being wonderful, generous hosts. We were very excited to be joined by not one but three special guests! First, we were delighted to welcome Meg McLaren, author-illustrator of Life Is Magic. Meg [...]

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I have finally been successful in getting some feedback on the new stories that I have been working on post 'Amelie'. This feedback falls into two categories; peer and professional. I have been late to the party with peer feedback but have finally got with the programme and joined a local SCBWI critique group run [...]

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Sorry folks! I'm a bit behind on the blogging front and there have been two whole picture books without an update. What fun they have been too! At our inaugural meeting at Windsor Waterstones we welcomed Sophy Henn as our speaker for the evening. We had a brilliant time with Sophy who shared her experience [...]

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My mailbox today brought me the news that my next story is not right for another agent list. I'm getting used to it now. I'm told that these rejections are badges of honour and that everybody gets them. It is almost a case of the more rejections, the better. Perhaps like people who fail their [...]

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diversity

I was in a very lovely bookshop this morning looking for picture books that represent the wonderful variety in this genre of children's publishing. After my positive experience with the WI audition (see previous post on 'Inspiring the WI') I realised that I didn't have nearly enough books (enough books is definitely an oxymoron!). So [...]

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