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How to Write Children's Fiction: A Nosy Crow Masterclass

Posted by Tom on Nov 21, 2014

As some of you may know, this September we held our second conference, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Children’s Publishing (But Were Afraid to Ask) – a sold-out, all-day event with a great atmosphere, a packed house, fantastic speakers, and lots of cake.

One of the things we learnt, from the questions that were being asked on the day, and from some of the feedback that we received, was that there was an appetite for other sorts of events, too – more focussed ones, addressing particular parts of the publishing process. In particular, we felt that the sessions on writing fiction and picture books could EACH have taken up a whole day by themselves.

And so today, we are very pleased to announce the first Nosy Crow Masterclass: How to Write Children’s Fiction.

This will be an intensive, all-day writing masterclass, with sessions from authors, editors, agents, staff at Nosy Crow, and more – all focussed on writing fiction for children. There’ll be practical suggestions, advice on every aspect of writing, from shaping your story structure to drafting a synopsis – and guidance about what comes after – finding an agent, understanding a contract, and more. The focus of this event will be largely on what’s referred to by some as “middle-grade” fiction – we are planning a separate masterclass for writing picture books.

As part of the day, there’ll also be one-on-one manuscript critiques for every attendee (for anyone who has sent along writing samples in advance). Our first confirmed advisors for these sessions are Nosy Crow’s Managing Director Kate Wilson, Editorial Director Camilla Reid, and Fiction Editor Kirsty Stansfield.

The masterclass will take place here at the Crow’s Nest – 10a Lant St, London, SE1 1QR – on Saturday February 7th.

Ticket price includes tea and coffee breaks throughout the day, lunch, and a glass of wine – and cake! – at the end of the day.

Early Bird tickets are available now – you can buy them here, or with the form below.

And, to celebrate #NaNoWriMo (that’s National Novel Writing Month), we’re offering a further 10% discount on ticket prices (on top of the Early Bird rate) until the end of November – just use the code nanowrimo at the check-out page!

We’ll be announcing more details about the day, with speakers and a list of sessions, very shortly. Places are extremely limited for the first masterclass, so if you’re interested, get yours now – we hope to see you there!

Come and work for Nosy Crow: we're hiring a Sales Executive

Posted by Tom on Nov 20, 2014

We have an incredible opportunity for a hardworking, bright individual with the right to live and work in the UK to join our team at Nosy Crow.

We’re looking for a new member of the team: our new sales and marketing department needs a Sales Executive. The key functions of the role will be:

· Liaising with retailers and wholesalers

· Supporting key account presentations

· Supporting Nosy Crow’s UK, Ireland and Export field sales teams

· Liaising with Nosy Crow’s distributors, GBS

· Analysing and reporting on sales

We expect that you will have had some experience in a publishing sales environment. It’s a key job in a dynamic and rapidly growing company which enjoys and is successful at what it does. You’ll need to be flexible, determined, with a keen eye for detail, and good at getting on with a tightly knit team and its customers. You’ll report to the Head of Sales and Marketing.

Please send Kate Wilson your CV, accompanied by an application letter, as soon as possible via email (kate at nosycrow dot com).

The closing date for applications is Monday December 1st at midnight (UK time).

A new crow in the nest - welcome to our new publishing assistant

Posted by Ellie Corbett on Nov 19, 2014

Hello! I’m Ellie and I’m very excited to be joining the Nosy Crow team as Publishing Assistant today! After a bit of a whirlwind interview process two weeks ago (which involved speaking some rather rusty Spanish…) I’ve finally arrived at the Crow’s Nest, and am really excited to start working with all the great books and apps made here. I’m also looking forward to spending time in the lovely Nosy Crow office here in Borough which already seems like it’s going to be a great place to work (two cups of tea and a slice of cake by 11am on my first day is a good sign I think).

I’m coming to the job pretty much straight out of a French degree at the University of Oxford with some experience in the French publishing house Flammarion and also with the great team at the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency, which is where I first encountered Nosy Crow’s fantastic picture books such as Penny Dale’s Dinosaur Dig! series.

I’m thrilled to be going into such a diverse job where I’ll be assisting Ola, the Rights Manager, and Tom, the Business Development Manager. At the moment I’m most excited to get involved with the latest fairytale app, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, which will be coming out in early 2015, and also to see the great things that are bound to come from Nosy Crow’s new partnership with the National Trust. I’ll also be updating this blog quite a bit too, so this probably won’t be the last you hear from me!