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I saw a tweet about using white privilege for good yesterday. The original tweet was by Nelle Andrew, literary agent at RML. It recounted  the story of how Marilyn Monroe stepped in to help Ella Fitzgerald get bookings in jazz clubs by offering to come and sit in the front row. What a cool story [...]

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Are you an aspiring writer or illustrator? Trying to write in lockdown? Maybe you've been creating for a while? You've done a few submissions perhaps. The chances are, especially if you're unagented, you'll have submitted to one or more small independent publishers. These are the guys and gals who are usually open to unsolicited submissions. [...]

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Fiona was one of the first people I met from the picture book industry so I’m so excited that she’s let me take over her blog today. I didn’t really know any writers, illustrators, editors or publishers when I first signed with my agent. I wanted to learn from other people’s successes and experiences, so [...]

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Once again at Picture Book Club Cottage, it's an honour to kick off the Federation of Children's Book Groups Children's Book Award, the only book award voted for entirely by children. This year, our entry on the short-list is Jazz Dog which is written and illustrated by Marie Voigt and published by Oxford University Press. [...]

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At Picture Book Club Cottage we were lucky enough to be sent a review copy of this fabulous text as a late Christmas present. Anyone interested in writing, illustrating, reading or talking about picture books should try and get their hands on a copy. This revised edition has been updated with new titles, pictures and [...]

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