Resources for Authors and Illustrators

Thursday, 25 June 2015

http://taniamccartney.blogspot.com/2015/06/resources-for-authors-and-illustrators.html

I really do believe that sharing is caring, most especially when it comes to books. As a very busy professional and mum, I'm not, however, able to give 'individualised advice' on how to write, illustrate or publish. 

Following you will find links to many and varied resources that will help you on your way, but the most important advice I could possibly give you is threefold.

First: do not expect to progress your journey rapidly and without having to do the work, the research, and to go through the experiences yourself. Everyone's journey is unique and there are no shortcuts or quick answers. It takes time. Oftentimes, a long time. Get industry involved and get to know people. Join associations with boundless resources and information, like the SCBWI, the CBCA, the ASA, Illustrators Australia, and your local writers centre.

Second: Don't forget to thank. Even when you don't get what you want. Kindness, gratitude and real relationships are everything in this business. No one wants to feel used and everyone wants to work with warm, generous people.

Third: Be a doer not a talker. Write write write. Draw draw draw. Ever expand and grow yourself and your skillset.

But wait--there's more!

On my blog and via some external links, you'll find many and varied resources to help you on your writing or illustrating journey--and even if you don't write or illustrate (and are just a creative person trying to forge your ideal path), there's plenty here for you, too.

Listed below are several resources for you to enjoy and learn from. Most are free and the KBR eBooks are just $4.95.

There are articles, experiences, questions answered, and even an e-book crammed with almost 30 years of writing, editing and publishing experience.

I hope they help you shine, you clever thing.
http://taniamccartney.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/the-fantastic-flying-creator-e-workshop.html
A PDF e-book to complete at your leisure, with over 300 pages and more than 70 exercises to hone your skills and send you flying into the stratosphere. Learn more (and view a free sample) here.

http://www.taniamccartney.blogspot.com.au/2014/02/ask-tania.html
Answers to an impressive line-up of questions on writing, publishing, illustrating, rights, school visits, and much more. See the entire list here.
 
www.kids-bookreview.com
KBR has been providing reviews and phenomenal resources for creators and teachers since 2009. Check it out here.

http://illo52weeks.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/about-this-challenge.html
The Challenge, founded in 2014, is still going strong in 2017, honing and supporting the artistic skills of people from all over the world. The group exhibited for Arts Brookfield in Perth in May 2015, and has achieved countless opportunities for its members including magazine appearances, book contracts and more. The group has become rather large and is closed for most of the year, opening in November and April to new members. See more here, and see the blog here.

http://illo52weeks.blogspot.com/2017/01/bonus-challenge-52-week-picture-book.html 

Running alongside the 52-Week Illustration Challenge for 2017, here is your opportunity to be a doer not a talk... to create 52 (yes, you heard it right) 52 picture book manuscripts in a single year. Can you do it? Yes you CAN! Learn more about it here.

WRITING

Podcast: Writing and Illustrating for Children for the Your Creative Life series

Video: Talking shop with Jen Storer of Girl and Duck

Reading Suggestions for Picture Book Writers with Gus Gordon

Reading Suggestions for Middle Grade Fiction with Jen Storer

My Grammar Rant

Kids' Book Review: eBook: Picture Book Writing Tips

Kids' Book Review: Awards, Festivals and Events

Picture Book Writing Tips on DeeScribe 

Picture Book Collaboration Tips on DeeScribe

More Picture Book Collaboration Tips on DeeScribe

Five Writing Tips on DeeScribe

The Research Process on DeeScribe

The Types of Author You Don't Want to Be 

Letting Go {in Order to Follow Your Heart}

A Crash Course in Grammar and Punctuation

Career Evolvement

Coping with the Low Points

The magic of Uncontracted Works in Progress

ILLUSTRATING

Podcast: Writing and Illustrating for Children for the Your Creative Life series

Finding Your Illustration Style

Happy [Illustration] Accidents

Illustration for Different Types of Books--and Dot Eyes!

Over 80 Favourite Illustrator websites 

PRESENTING

Presenting Brilliant Sessions at Writers' Festivals and Schools

How to Be a Successful Writing Festival or Conference Delegate

PUBLISHING

Publisher's Insider series with Anouska Jones, Senior Editor, Kids' Book Review

MARKETING

Kids' Book Review: eBook: Social Networking for Authors

Kids' Book Review: eBook: How to Get Your Book Reviewed

The Trials and Tribulations of Putting Yourself Out There

My Top Writing and Marketing Tips on DeeScribe

How NOT to Market Your Book

Photographing your Books

READING + LITERACY

Speechie's Couch series with Jo Burnell, Editor, Kids' Book Review

Librarian's Shelf series with Sarah Steed Consultant Librarian, Kids' Book Review

The Power of the Picture Book

Visual Literacy

Encouraging Children to Read for Pleasure, Part 1

Encouraging Children to Read for Pleasure, Part 2

Exploring Time and Place Through Children's Literature

More Ways to Encourage Reading in Kids 

SUGGESTED LINKS

For more fabulous resources.

DeeScribe
Writing Classes for Kids and Adults
My Little Bookcase
Tristan Bancks
The Book Chook
Ellen Brock, Structuring and Editing Advice
Children's Books Daily
Delilah S Dawson, Writing Advice
The Book Designer
Pikaland
Soup Blog
KidLit411
Natasha Lester, Writing and Publishing Advice



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