Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) – 25 – 28 May 2013Do you write stories or create illustrations for picture books? Are you a publisher or literary agent looking for the hottest trend in YA novels? Whatever your publishing goals as a writer, or objectives as a teacher of children, the Asian Festival of Children’s Content is the place to be, to network and do business with publishing professionals, from first-time authors to seasoned editors. For more information, please go to www.afcc.com.sg
The Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) brings together content creators and producers with parents, teachers, librarians, and anyone interested in quality Asian content for children. With a mix of professional conferences, masterclasses and workshops, a rights fair and media mart, as well as public events, AFCC is a unique and popular event right here in Asia that provides an opportunity for writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, distributors, parents, children, teachers, and librarians to meet, learn, develop their craft, and discover business opportunities.
On January 20 2013, SCBWI Qld held its first 2013 Professional Development workshop for writers and illustrators for children, with a very special presenter,Leonie Tyle. Leonie lives in Brisbane and is a well-respected editor and publisher who now works freelance.
Thank you to all those who attended. We look forward to more of these worthwhile sessions – if you missed this one, hopefully you can attend next time.
SCBWI member, Angela Sunde managed to take copious notes from Leonie’s workshop … here they’ve been whittled down for the blog. Full notes will go to SCBWI Qld members by email.
Your first page must be riveting. Don’t submit too early. It must be polished like a sparkly lake.
Examine your motivation for writing.. Why do you want to write? Is it that you can’t find anything to read? Is it that you just love to write? Is it because you have something to say and want to share it with someone else? Getting published isn’t the be all / end all of writing. Chill about it and have fun writing.
All writers procrastinate. To become a better writer, practise, practise, practise… We all have the same insecurities, some have more pressure than others because their previous books were such high quality. Eg. Markus Zusak.
Check and re-check your work:
Do you have an ordered structure? (A beginning, middle and end for kids’ books.)
Does the first sentence engage the reader and hook them in?
Does the text flow without relevant information, unnecessary dialogue and too much telling rather than showing?
Does the title fit the story?
Is your grammar and spelling almost perfect?
Is the word count applicable to the age group ?
Do your characters come alive?
Is your writing a refreshing look at life?
Does it respect the child and the adult reader?
Does it have the potential to be profitable?
Edit! Within an inch if its life. Make sure your opening is as stunning as possible. Get that hook! Make sure there is no lack of vision, and your structure, plot and execution is true to the ‘what if’ theory. Are you telling rather than showing? Are there long and endless pieces of narration? Are the sentences long and convoluted? Is the dialogue realistic/authentic? Are your characters real and empathetic? Be in someone else’s shoes.
Books Leonie recommends:
‘Bird by Bird, Some Instructions on the Writing Life’, Anne Lamott.
‘Grammar Basics on the Web, sentences, push and punctuation‘, Paul Callaghan.
‘The Professional Writing Guide, Writing Well and Knowing Why’, Roslyn Petelin and Marshall Durham.
‘Business and Professional Writing’, ?
‘The Elements of Style’, William Struck jnr and E.B.White.
Leonie loves both Fantasy and Realism. She loved reading ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ by Laini Taylor. ‘The Scorpio Races’, by Maggie Stiefvater, ‘The Penderwicks’, by Jeanne Birdsill – a junior novel. She also feels there seems to be more interesting stuff coming out of the UK and USA at the moment than out of Australia.
ESPECIALLY FOR ILLUSTRATORS
Interesting discussion point. Unfortunately, we ran out of time to really explore these ideas behind working out how to price your artwork. This video recommended by Sheryl Gwyther (SCBWI Qld ARA). ‘How to Price Illustration for Children’s Books‘ by American illustrator, Will Terry.
What do you think about the ideas Terry talks about? We’d love to read your thoughts about it on this blog site.
A PERFECT SUBMISSION – from an editor’s eye. Perfecting your manuscript submissions. (Bring along the first chapter of your ms to work on).
Presenter: LEONIE TYLE, well-respected editor and former publisher at University of Qld Press and Woolshed Press, Random House.
Plus: A video presentation for illustrators – What do I charge for my work?Finding the right price to suit you and your buyer can be difficult. This 23 min. video provides some thought-provoking answers. A short discussion will follow.
When: Sunday January 20th @ 10.30am (sharp) – 12.45.
Where: Queensland Writers Centre meeting room, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane.
RSVP for catering purposes by 18th January to Sheryl G
Cost: $15 (SCBWI members) $20 (non-members)
Includes morning tea, smoko, elevenses, elva-kaffe, konkelstik, las onces, little lunch or whatever takes your fancy.
Wishing us all a productive, exciting, interesting and creative year in 2013.
Watch this space for up-to-date articles from writers and illustrators in the months ahead. First off the rank in January 2013 will be Prue Mason, author of Camel Rider, Birdie in the Sky and Destination Abudai.
A SPECIAL EXHIBITION at the Brisbane Square Library, George St, Brisbane city Level 2 … 13th July to August 30th
Showcasing the work of many of Queensland Children’s Authors and Illustrators – organised by the SCBWI Qld team and the Brisbane City Council events organiser, Michelle Richards.
The Exhibition launch was held on Friday 13th July 2012 and will run until the end of August. Many supporters turned up to the launch and celebrated with the authors and illustrators.
The exhibition was launched by Jenny Stubbs, organiser of the Ipswich Children’s Literary Festival, co-ordinate the Ipswich District Teacher-Librarian Network, president of Book Links Qld and passionate supporter of children’s books and their creators.
Authors’ work is displayed in individual glass cases, and illustrators’ framed images hang on large wall spaces.
Each exhibit demonstrates how authors create books – from the first glimmer of an idea to the finished product. They feature artifacts, photographs, images, first drafts, final manuscripts and the book itself.