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Christmas is coming to the iBook Store!

Posted by Tom on Nov 25, 2014

Just in time for Christmas, we’ve launched some beautiful, enhanced iBook editions of some of our most festive and wintery picture books. You can now find Pip and Posy: The Snowy Day, by Axel Scheffler, and Just Right for Christmas, by Birdie Black and Rosalind Beardshaw, on the iBook Store, complete with audio and text highlighting – and for only £2.99 ($4.99) each.

In The Snowy Day, Pip and Posy can’t wait to go out and play in the snow. They have all sorts of fun, until they decide to build a snowman… when things start to go a bit pear-shaped. Pip wants a snowRABBIT, but Posy wants a snowMOUSE. An argument erupts and very soon both friends are cold and wet – and very sad. Oh dear! Happily the friends resolve their differences over a cosy craft sessions indoors. Here’s the book on the iBook Store:

And here’s a look inside the book:

And in Just Right for Christmas, one snowy Christmas Eve the king buys some soft red cloth to make a cloak for the princess. Little does he know that the left-over cloth will be used to make presents for many more of the kingdom’s inhabitants, right down to the last teeny bit of cloth, which is just right to make a scarf that will protect the smallest mouse from the winter chill. Rhythmical writing and heartwarming, charming illustrations from renowned Rosalind Beardshaw make this lovely story with a perfect Christmas message a joy to give to your loved ones. Here’s the book on the iBook Store:

And here’s a look inside the book:

And that’s not all! We have some more seasonal iBooks on the way – and in the meantime, Merry Christmas from Nosy Crow!

Be the first to try a brand new feature in the Nosy Crow Jigsaws app!

Posted by Tom on Nov 24, 2014

This Thursday we’re launching an update for the Nosy Crow Jigsaws app, which will include a very exciting new feature: you’ll be able to make jigsaws from ANY of your own photos!

Any images saved in the Camera Roll of your iPad or iPhone can be turned into jigsaws and used like any of the existing artwork in the app – you can turn your pictures into puzzles from 4 to 300 pieces.

The new feature will be available as an in-app purchase for $4.99/ £2.99 – and once you’ve unlocked it, you can make unlimited jigsaws from your photos.

And this week, we’re giving subscribers to our apps mailing list early access to the feature – and giving it away to for free!

If you’d like an exclusive early look at the app update, email apps at nosycrow dot com with Jigsaw Update in the subject heading to subscribe to our mailing list, and we’ll send you a promo code to download the Nosy Crow Jigsaws update and get the new feature for free, before it’s available on the App Store!

This new feature really unlocks the full potential of our jigsaw app – the possibilities are VERY exciting. You can make jigsaws of your children’s artwork, like Ed has done in this video:

OR, you can create your own extra-challenging jigsaws, with patterned images, maps, or even piles of Lego – have a look at these:

And of course, you can make jigsaws from whatever else catches your eye. I thought it’d be fun to make some jigsaws from some of the fantastic Axel Scheffler envelopes that I blogged about recently. Here’s an envelope that Axel sent to me last week:

And here’s a VERY quick look at the jigsaw:

The update will be available to download from Thursday, but if you’d like to take a look at it before everyone else, and use the new feature for free, send us an email!

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

Posted by Tom on Nov 21, 2014

This event is currently sold out – if you’d like to be informed of future Masterclass dates, email tom at nosycrow dot com, and we’ll let you know as soon as the next classes have been announced. Alternatively, you can sign up to the waiting list for tickets for this event below.

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.

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!