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Come and meet us: we're holding an illustrator surgery at the Bologna Book Fair

Posted by Tom on Mar 26, 2015

Are you an illustrator coming to the Bologna Book Fair? Would you like to meet us there? Then our illustrator surgeries are for you!

We’re holding illustrator surgeries on Tuesday, March 31 from 3.00-4.00pm and on Wednesday, April 1 from 12.00-1.00pm at the Nosy Crow stand (25 B 106) where you’ll be able to meet our editorial and design team, show us your portfolio, and receive some feedback on your work. We have back-to-back rights-selling appointments for the rest of the fair – if you’d like to meet us, those are the times you’ll be able to do so.

If this is your first time at the Book Fair, you might find this blogpost from last year useful, where we share our top advice for illustrators.

We hope to see you there!

Announcing the line up for the next Nosy Crow Masterclass: How to Write Picture Books

Posted by Tom on Mar 25, 2015

Earlier this year we announced our second Nosy Crow Masterclass: How to Write Picture Books – an intensive, all-day writing masterclass, with sessions from authors, editors, agents, staff at Nosy Crow, and more – all focussed on writing picture books.

We knew, based on the level of interest we’d seen for our first Masterclass, How to Write Children’s Fiction, that there was an appetite for a similar event focussed on picture books, but we had no idea quite how popular it would be: the event sold out in under 6 hours.

The How to Write Picture Books masterclass is now exactly one month away – and today we’re incredibly pleased to be able to announce the line-up of speakers for the day!

The day will begin with an overview of the children’s book market from Nosy Crow’s Managing Director, Kate Wilson, setting a context for picture books in 2015.

Our Head of Picture Books, Louise Bolongaro, will deliver a crash course on the editorial essentials for writing picture books – a distilled masterclass all in itself.

Helen Mackenzie Smith, literary agent at Bell Lomax Moreton, will talk about her role as an agent – what she looks for in a submission, do’s and don’ts for authors, and more.

Shifty McGifty and Slipper Sam author Tracey Corderoy will talk about the importance of live events for authors, drawing on her own experience of delivering FANTASTIC events for children at schools, bookshops, festivals and more.

Over lunch, there’ll be the opportunity for all of our attendees to receive one-on-one manuscript feedback.

Weasels creator Elys Dolan will share her perspective on making picture books as both an author and illustrator.

Award-winning author Jeanne Willis will talk about the differences (and challenges) of writing picture books in prose and rhyme.

Nosy Crow’s Business Development Manager, Tom Bonnick, will lead a session on digital: apps, digital picture books, and more.

And finally, Kate Wilson will close the masterclass with a session on the importance of thinking internationally, and writing picture books for a global audience – followed by a glass of wine at the end of the day!

The masterclass is taking place here at the Crow’s Nest – 10a Lant St, London, SE1 1QR – on Saturday April 25th.

It’s now completely sold out, and there is a very long waiting list for places, but if you’d like to add your name to it, either with the form below, or with this link, we can email you about future masterclass events.

Join in with our wordless/ pictureless picture books reading group!

Posted by Tom on Mar 24, 2015

The Nosy Crow Reading Group will be meeting next month to discuss two recently-published picture books – one wordless (Journey, by Aaron Becker) and one picture-less (The Book With No Pictures, by B.J. Novak) – and we’d love for you to join in!

We’ll be meeting on Wednesday, April 22 at 6.30pm, here at the Nosy Crow offices – 10a Lant Street, London, SE1 1QR. Although there’s currently a waiting list for places for the physical event, if you’d like to still take part, please do join in online, either on Twitter with the #NCGKids hashtag, or in the comments section of this post.

As usual, we’ve prepared a few questions in advance to get everyone thinking – here’s some of what we might be talking about:

1) Which of these two books do you think has the greatest “re-read” potential?

2) Did you feel an “absence” in either of these books, or do you think they felt complete? Do you think the “missing” element would have added anything to either book?

3) How child-friendly do you think each book is?

4) How successfully do you think each book developed its narrative with only words or pictures?

5) Why do you think each Novak and Becker chose to tell their stories in this way?

Here’s a trailer for Journey:

And here’s a video of B.J. Novak reading from The Book With No Pictures:

You can buy The Book With No Pictures online from Waterstones here, and Journey here.

If you’d like to add your name to the waiting list for a place (or add your name to our mailing list for future reading group events), you can do so with the form below, or with this link.