‘A PERFECT SUBMISSION’ – SCBWI Qld P.D. #1

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SCBWI Queensland Professional Development 2013 #1

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.

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Plus: A video presentation for illustratorsWhat 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.

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Welcome to 2013, SCBWI Qld

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Greetings, fellow members of SCBWI Queensland

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.

SCBWI Queensland celebrates a great year

Another year of writing and illustrating is almost at its end. SCBWI Qld members met recently to celebrate another year of connecting and enjoying the company of many of our colleagues and friends in the world of publishing children’s books, celebrating successes and otherwise. 🙂

Some of our SCBWI Qld members

(l to r) Julie Nickerson, Angela Sunde, Ozan Tortop, Anil Tortop, Ally Howard, Lynn Priestley, Katherine Battersby, Sheryl Gwyther, Lucia Masciullo

Our end of year/Christmas party was a great success with yummy food, great company, lots of laughter and even a visit from a hairy gentleman in a red hat bearing gifts. Note: no further auditions for the part of Santa Claus will be needed. We have our star.

 

In SCBWI Queensland we’ve had member meetings this year in Brisbane with guest speakers, like Michelle Richards, the events coordinator at the Brisbane Square Library (with particular reference to children’s books); SCBWI Qld support team member, Pam Rushby, who gave us a great talk based on an article she wrote about selling your own books at a local market. At another meeting Pam also presented a Professional Development mini-workshop called “Perfect Pitching” following on from feedback from the Sydney conference pitching sessions. 

This year was also the first time SCBWI Qld ventured (physically) further into the state’s regions. Sheryl Gwyther (SCBWI Qld ARA) and team support member, Prue Mason flew to Cairns in far north Queensland. The meeting with members in the north was very successful and funding from SCBWI central will allow Sheryl to fly north again in April 2013 to ensure another regional meeting. In 2013, we’ll also be conducting a meeting/workshop in the Gold Coast region, and a workshop in the Sunshine Coast/Maleny hinterland. All members are welcome.

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The Cairns Regional visit

In July-August 2012 we had the opportunity for an exhibition in the Brisbane City Library in George Street. JOURNEY OF A BOOK … from idea to publication. A great success for many of our authors and illustrators. Thank you all who participated. 

Part of the Exhibition at the Brisbane city library

Part of the Exhibition at the Brisbane city library

2012 also saw a competition for our own SCBWI Qld logo – and because of the high calibre of entries from member illustrators, we ended up choosing three. One for this blog (Anil Tortop and Jennifer Poulter), one for Facebook (Jennifer Pearce) and one we use for our banner (Lynn Priestley). Thank you to everyone who entered.

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Our new outdoor/indoor banner

This year saw a very successful national conference in Sydney for SCBWI Australia (east and west)/New Zealand. Roll on 2014 for the next one. 🙂

Our newsletter, SCWIBBLINGS also began life this year with three issues already ‘put to bed’. Looking forward to more member input over the new year. SCWIBBLINGS Newsletter Issue 1 2012

Best wishes to everyone in SCBWI Qld for the new year ahead. Hoping to connect up with many more of you over 2013. 

November is Picture Book Month.

My goodness, it is November already.  But before we think about singing Christmas carols (oh no!), this is a  great month to celebrate picture books.

Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative (since 2011)  that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November – though as children’s writers and illustrators we always value the importance and magic of picture books.

To celebrate the month, a different author or illustrator will visit www.picturebookmonth.com each day to share their love of picture books, explaining why he/she thinks picture books are important.

Click here to see their 2012 schedule­: http://www.mylittlebookcase.com.au/featured/november-is-picture-book-month/

And make sure you look out for Australian picture book talents, Jackie French (November 11), Emma Quay (November 17)  and Bruce Whatley (November 28).

And, how can you participate in Picture Book Month?
There are many ways to celebrate Picture Book Month. Their official website has a Celebrate! page with suggestions on how you can join the celebration!

How can you become a Picture Book Month Ambassador?
Anyone who loves picture books can become a Picture Book Month Ambassador. All you have to do is place their PBM Ambassador logo on your website or blog  and celebrate by shouting out Picture Book Month. In exchange for using the PBM ambassador logo, all you need to do is link back to http://www.picturebookmonth.com.

And you might like to read SCBWI’s Christopher Cheng’s 2011 post on why picture books are important. Click here.

So let’s celebrate together. More information at http://www.picturebookmonth.com

We’d love to here from our own SCBWI Queensland writers and illustrators  as to why you think picture books are important. Please feel free to leave your comment below.

Long Live the picture book!

Post by Helen Ross.

Inspirational words from our SCBWI QLD illustrators

A post from Helen Ross, SCBWI Qld member.

As children’s writers we know the magic that books can weave – and their importance in a child’s literacy and language development. We love words and pictures and feel very contented spending endless hours playing with ideas. We love to play.  Sometimes our best work has come out of an idea that might have seemed silly to begin with. But after tossing in a mix of creativity, thought, play and flair, metamorphosis has occurred. And a wonderful picture or story has emerged glistening, dynamic and spirited. And we have had fun! Though it can be a little hard going at times.

However, many adults tend to lose of sense of play – especially with art.

As roving reporter during Brisbane’s One Word One Day (OWOD) 2012  illustrator event, each artist kindly offered me their words of inspiration to children – in relation to art.

The following pearls of wisdom are from the talented SCBWI QLD members who attended this event.

 ‘They have to play.  They have to be free to draw something even if they think it is bad.  Each time they draw something they improve.’   (Angela Sunde)

‘Unlike mathematics and some other subjects, in Art there are no errors, just a continuous experiment; no mistakes. So this is a good thing for children to remember when they draw – you just keep learning.’   (Lucia Masciullo)

 ‘Use nature as inspiration.  For example, the words wind and rain can be very inspirational as they can be interpreted in so many different ways.  Kids can use nature as inspiration.’   (Peter Taylor)

Paint with your heart.’   (Lynn Priestley)

Great words of wisdom! Now go have fun!

Please feel free to offer your own inspirational thoughts in the comment section.

Leading Illustrators’ Auction for Indigenous Literacy

As facilitator and roving reporter for the Brisbane One Word One Day (OWOD)  illustrator event held on 11 May at the ABC Studios (South Bank), SCBWI Qld author and blogger, Helen Ross, gives us an update on the auction details scheduled for 25 September 2012.

Earlier this year a host of Australia’s best known and highly acclaimed artists (ASA and non-ASA members) created art for ONE WORD ONE DAY to raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) to help disadvantaged kids in the remotest parts of Australia.

Artists had three hours to create a picture based on an inspirational word that the ASA released in the morning.

And there were many SCBWI Qld artists participating in the Brisbane OWOD event. What talent we have!  – Lucia Masciullo, Lynn Priestley, Angela Sunde,  Peter Taylor …

So now for the drum roll …..

The Australian Society of Authors, in partnership with the ABC and Micador will auction the 101 original artworks by these leading artists including Oscar-winning creator and illustrator Shaun Tan, Children’s Book Laureate Alison Lester and internationally recognised artist, Alison Jane Rice.

Tuesday 25 September, 6pm – 8pm
ABC Studios, 700 Harris St, Ultimo NSW
Registration essential – RSVP   events@asauthors.org

Bid in person, by phone or absentee http://www.onewordoneday.com.au/auction
Visit www.onewordoneday.com.au

Times: 10am – 2.30pm
Cost: $15
Bookings: Bookings essential – book online below or phone 1800 257 121 or (02) 9211 1004

To view all the fabulous artwork, click on:

www.onewordoneday.com.au

BUT before you go. All SCBWI illustrators please put the 2013 date in your diary. It really was a fun day!

Brisbane                  Wed 15 May 2013, 10am – 2.30pm
Code:
13OWOD05B

For other OWOD 2013 event dates, click here.

And, to find out more about  Brisbane’s fabulous  OWOD 2012 event, click here.

And if you want to bid, or know of anyone who might be interested, please kindly pass this information on.

EXHIBITION: JOURNEY OF A BOOK: Celebrating books-from idea to publication

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.

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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.

Featured authors:

David McRobbie – Vinnie’s War

Josie Montano – Little Penguin

Judy Paulson – Baby Tawnies

Kim Michelle Toft – Recipe for Perfect Planet Pie

Nette Hilton – The Web

Tina Marie Clark – African Orphans

Peter Taylor – Calligraphy

Katherine Battersby – two Squish Rabbit books

Pam Rushby – The Horses Didn’t Come Home

Sheryl Gwyther – Secrets of Eromanga

Jennifer Poulter – Mending Lucille

Prue Mason – Camel Rider

Angela Sunde – Pond Magic

Featured Illustrator:

Peter Allert

Lynn Priestley

Anil Tortop

Ozan Tortop

Lynelle Westlake