Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

ILLUSTRATOR SERIES: Ways into Publishing!

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Date(s) - 28/06/2014
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

St George's Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury Way - London, WC1A 2HR

28th June 2014

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Author and illustrator Gillian McClure will share some of the publishing insights she has acquired while running her own press, Plaister Press,  for four years. She will lead a masterclass from a business perspective, helping participants look at their picture book projects with a view of selling them to a publisher or directly to the customer if self publishing. Also covered will be analysing publishers’ rejections and looking at unique selling points, and alternative ways to market and costings if going down the self publishing route. Mini discussion groups will give participants the opportunity to show each other work and decide which route they could go and how best to convince a publisher or a customer to take their book. The aim of the masterclass is to show how a business perspective can lead to creative changes that will help avoid unnecessary rejections.

Participants are encouraged to bring along picture book projects – old and new.

Gillian McClure Ipswich 

Gillian McClure has been writing and illustrating picture books since 1974. She has been published in the UK by Andre Deutsch, Scholastic, Simon &Schuster, Transworld/Random House, Bloomsbury and Frances Lincoln and has had books short-listed for the Smarties Award, been highly commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal and won the US Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Books.  In 2010 she formed Plaister Press, an independent publishing company to be a platform for her new picture books and back list titles. Her latest Plaister Press picture book has recently been selected for the 3-6 longlist of the 2014 UKLA Book Awards.

In 2012, Plaister Press joined an umbrella organisation for children’s publishers, run by publishing consultant Martin West, called, Authorization! For more information visit the site here and here.

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The Venue
All Illustrator Masterclass Series events take place at St George’s Church in Bloomsbury, located
on Bloomsbury Way. Entrance to the masterclass is at 6-7 Little Russell St Bloomsbury WC1A 2HR, up the steps to the right.

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