Joining a crit group – is it worth it? (Spoiler alert: yes)

When you take the first steps from being a casual writer-for-fun to a ‘I want to get published’ writer, one of the first pieces of advice you read is: Join the SCBWI Join your local critique group If you’re anything like me, 2) is pretty scary. Meeting new people? Anxiety-inducing. Putting your work out there […]

Big Bloggy Bat Bums: It’s open season

Today is the final day for submissions to Scholastic’s illustrated books ‘open season’. Open season is an exciting opportunity for un-agented picture book writers and illustrators to submit their work directly to a large publisher. Most publishers are usually closed to unsolicited submissions and acquire new publications via literary agents. I’ve really loved the openness […]