Dust off your children’s book manuscript and sharpen it up. Here’s a competition offering a nice advance. Chicken House is a UK publisher with a great reputation. Good luck!
If you find you need a bit of online advice on your writing, head to Help! I Need A Publisher, Nicola Morgan’s blog. I’ve probably mentioned this site before, but it doesn’t hurt to say it again. It’s funny and informative. By the way, this link will take you to Nicola’s NEW blog home, so if you already have her old one bookmarked, delete it and add this spanking new one.
And if you are interested in what goes on in the world of book retailing, US-style, new blog Pimp My Novel is excellent.
I have been closeted away working on top secret stuff and away from the blogosphere for too long. It’s tough posting new info when what you’re working on is top secret!
But seeing as my mission is also to inspire you with wondrous things, I can direct you toward this video, which I learned about through my colleagues at the Picture Book Artists Association. It’s a haunting performance by a young woman called Kseniya Simonova, appearing on the programme “Ukraine’s Got Talent”. Kseniya makes moving pictures with sand on a surface to tell a story. By the end of the clip, you will know what the story is about and have a pretty strong sense of the impact it has on the audience. I would argue that the theme of Kseniya’s work is still quite embedded in the Ukrainian national consciousness. Without saying anything else, I invite you to click here to see the video.