So- how did you go?

At the beginning of last year I posted this matrix of things to do spread throughout the year. I think it’s a good strategy for everyone to review their goals from time to time, and when better than at the beginning of the year? So, how did you go with these goals and what were the results for your efforts? Here’s how I went: Subscribe: I discovered Jen Storer’s vlog Q&Q Fridays – invaluable information delivered her in her warm, fun, quirky way. Just a delight! Join:  I join...
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Magazine Matters

One of the ways to get your work published and build up your author/illustrator portfolio and presence is to submit stories/illustrations to magazines. Magazines don’t skimp on the quality of work they accept, but they have a higher through-put of stories than is possible when publishing books. Have a look in industry magazines and newsletters for publications that are specifically calling out for submissions. One such publication is The School Magazine. It’s iconic, and I’ve yet to see i...
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#InterviewByTheme with Robert Vescio

It's not your imagination... Robert Vescio really is here talking all things Fantasy in today's interview! Let's have an adventure! 😛 👑 What is the most imaginative book you’ve ever read? I grew up reading the Chronicles of Narnia. My absolute all time favourite book is The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. For me, opening a book is very similar to opening a wardrobe. Immediately, you’re being transported to another world. As soon as you open and read through the pages of a...
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From the A to the E-Zine

As creators and educators in the children's literature field we need support and up-to-date knowledge of the industry to help us continue, and succeed, on our writing and teaching journeys. With opportunities to have work published, profiles discovered and resources on hand, we applaud those generous literary magazines and e-zines that do just that. Buzz Words accommodates to writers and illustrators, as well as editors, teachers and librarians. The e-zine features loads of opportunities to l...
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Cream Rising – Marian McGuinness Part 2

All about competitions. As mentioned in my introduction to Marian in Part 1, Marian McGuinness has won, placed and shortlisted in many writing competitions and awards and received several prestigious mentorships. In today's post the focus is on entering competitions - what's the secret to her success? Marian, your website has a long list of your competition successes - you clearly see entering comps as a priority - why? What do writers get out of it? There are so many factors here. ...
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Cream Rising – Marian McGuinness Part 1

In terms of cream rising to the top Marian McGuinness is certainly someone to watch. Marian has won, placed and shortlisted in many writing competitions and awards, received several prestigious mentorships including the 2014 CBCA Charlotte Waring Barton Award and Mentorship with Random House; the 2014 ASA Emerging Writers and Illustrators Mentorship; and most recently the 2015 ASA Edel Wignell Mentorship as well as publishing fiction and non-fiction in both children's and travel writing genres. ...
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