Yesterday, I went to the first of the SCBWI Professional Series events. I’ve signed up to the whole series, partly because the speakers this year all look amazing and I wouldn’t want to miss them and partly because I get to see all my friends for the first time this year. As you can imagine, I was very excited. I don’t think I stopped talking all evening.
It was an amazing event. Ali Dougal and Peter Marley from Egmont came to speak to us about what they were looking for and the Egmont submission process. Where else could you get this first-hand knowledge? Egmont is the biggest children’s publisher in the UK and one of the only ones left that will still accept unsolicited manuscripts. You can send your manuscripts to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more on what they are looking for and the submission process read my post at: http://britishscbwi.jimdo.com/events/egmont-meeting/
I took my camera along to take a picture especially for my blog. I even sat In the front row so I would not have the backs of people’s heads in my photo. But... I forgot to take the picture. So, I am posting one of the covers for my new series of books due out in March this year instead. It was either that or another picture of me.
I think you will all agree this book cover is well worth looking at ;) and there have been way too many photos of me posted for one month all ready. I suppose I could have posted another picture of Steve Cole or Sarah McIntyre at the Just Imagine event and I would have done if they could balance on one hand and do the splits. :D
Anyway, I thought it was very interesting Egmont is expanding their digital list. Nationwide digital is growing and the number of products available on the market is increasing slowly but will soon explode. It is an area to be aware of. In 2009, they launched Flips for the Nintendo DS, which is an enhanced e-book. In 2010, they launched a standard e-book list of classic titles. Everything brand new at Egmont will be published in e-book and traditional format. This was an eye-opener.
In late 2010, they launched their first picture book app, Charlie Stinky Socks for the i-pad. It displays pictures, narration, animation and interactivity. It is a financial investment but, they do not know how many they will sell. It is early days yet.
The Bookseller did a survey about people’s opinions on e-books. They reckon Digital may "overtake" print sales by 2014.
For a much more detailed write-up on the event see: Tina Lemon’s – A Novel Way.