Thursday, February 14, 2008

Dream Books – Why I Publish what I Publish? Part Two

Imogen Cooper – Chicken House

Chicken House consists of a small creative team. There are only six of them so there is a family feel. They are supported by Scholastic in the States which provides a huge distribution. They take on things they like and think children will adore. They like new talent spotting and do accept unsolicited manuscripts.

They only publish five picture books a year.

Imogen said getting up on a Monday morning is exciting. A dream book speaks to the heart. It has to make her laugh and cry. More importantly there should be a dream relationship between editor and author. This will be intimate, challenging and often difficult to allow you to achieve your full potential.

Some authors find it difficult to let go but, to work in collaboration with and editor is exciting.

Dog Lost by Ingrid Lee
The Ice Cream Con by Jimmy Docherty
Waves by Sharon Dogar
I Am the Great Horse by Katherine Roberts
Tunnels by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams
Deeper by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams

Friday, February 08, 2008

Race For Life

Hi All,

I have decided to enter the Race for Life this year at the Newbury Showground on Sunday 6th July.

I am entering with my friends and my sisters:
  • Sarah Fox
  • Evette Stacey
  • Melanie Hunter
  • Sandra Davies
  • Julie Sollis

My plan is to walk round the 5km. I have never been much good at running.

If you would like to sponsor me there is a link on this profile. It is a very worthy cause. I have never done anything like this before so please give me your support.

Love Anita xxx

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Public Lending Rights

In The Times today, an article about the Government’s decision to reduce funding for Public Lending Right (PLR) was published.

This will effect all authors but, will unfortunately be especially detrimental to non-fiction writers.

To find out more and maybe leave your own comments and opinion on this decision see:

An author's dues - The work of many authors is borrowed more than bought and deserves subsidy

Monday, February 04, 2008

Dream Books – Why I Publish what I Publish? Part One

On 24th November 2007, I attended the SCBWI-Bi Winchester Writers' Day. At the end of the event there was an editors' panel where four children's book editors told the delegates why they have published particualr books. Over the month I have decided to give a brief run down of what they said. I hope you find it useful.

Stephanie Stansby – Little Tiger Press

Little Tiger Press is a small independent company that specialises in picture books. The books on their list portray emotion.

They have a core list of illustrators they use and they like to develop artists from scratch. They guarantee their illustrators two books a year. Characterisation is key. The illustrations should let the character come through.

Stephanie prefers books she can get to the guts of and find out why they are working or why they are not working. She said publishers are there to help. Stephanie likes examining how the text and art correlate in picture books. Both the parent and the child should be able to connect with the book on a personal level. Rhythm and repetition give the story momentum and pace. Being able to read the book aloud, again and again and again, is important.

The text has to work without the illustrations; the illustrations have to work without the text; both have to work together.

Here are some examples of books she loves that are published by Little Tiger Press:
Big Bear, Little Bear by David Bedford and Jane Chapman
Augustus and His Smile by Catherine Rayner
Dirty Bertie by David Roberts
I Love You Sleepyhead by Claire Freedman and Simon Mendez