Going boldly into the unknown...a weekly roundup of writing tips and trends from a NZ children's writer.
Comments always welcome. (Image is of two galaxies colliding. Images Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.)
This week one of my friends posted an interesting article from Sarah McIntyre about crediting illustrators. Illustrators are often overlooked
by authors and award judges when it comes to promotion. It is time that we
remembered that a great picture book has an author and an illustrator working
in collaboration and so they both should be equally credited when it comes to
promotion. Sarah came up with the #picturesmeanbusiness campaign.
Darcy Pattison has a guest post on Jane Friedman’s blog
about the promotion of children’s books and how she is using Pinterest as an
experiment because children’s books are about the visual.
Jane Friedman has been getting serious of late with email
marketing. She has written two excellent blog posts on email newsletters for authors and how to improve the newsletter to make it relevant. I’m interested
in exploring this from a children’s writer point of view. Who do we send
I don’t subscribe to many newsletters but one I do and try
to read frequently is Larry Brooks. His Storyfix website is great. His
newsletters are direct and punchy on the craft of writing. Larry recently had a
melt down moment which is worth reading. Writers you need to study your
craft... figure out some stuff then apply it. If you write then you should read this.
Every now and then you come across a web comic that exactly
illustrates the writing life. Chances are you have seen an Inkygirl comic. So
you really need to check out her awesome website where she has other great helpful tips. Inkygirl is also promoting the #picturesmeanbusiness campaign to
recognise picture book illustrators on metadata and awards.