Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

LONDON – Picture Books: Discover And Be Discovered

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Date(s) - 24/03/2018
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Centre for Literacy in Primary Education
44 Webber Street - London, SE1 8QW

How to discover your voice as an author or illustrator of picture books, and how to make sure publishers, influencers and readers discover you as well 




1.30 pm to 2.30 pm

Paul O ZelinskyPaul O. Zelinsky has won the Caldecott Medal in the United States and three Caldecott honours for his work in picture books. His bestselling retelling of The Wheels on the Bus is a beloved book across the pond. Zelinsky will tell the story of how a class with Maurice Sendak career inspired him to pursue a career in illustration, the route he took to publication, and how he has sustained a career writing and illustrating picture books ever since.

2.30 pm to 3.30 pm

Candy Gourlay

Candy Gourlay is the award-winning author of two children’s novels who also once had careers in journalism and web design. Candy will discuss the specific challenges that confront picture book authors and illustrators in marketing and promoting their work.  She will assess the bewildering array of digital promotional opportunities out there and how to develop a promotion strategy that maximizes the social media’s benefits with the least pain.

3.30 pm to 4.30 pm

Hilary Delamere

Hilary Delamere was a rights director for Penguin Books before becoming a literary agent. She is now a partner at The Agency and represents Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear, Raymond Briggs, Clara Vulliamy and Jane Ray, among others. She will be discussing sales and rights in the picture book industry. What happens in the period between an editor expressing interest in a book and a publishing company offering a contract? What does it take for a book to survive the acquisition stage? What do sales and rights people know that we don’t about the potential success of a book in the marketplace?  What are they looking for?

4.30 pm to 5.00 pm

Open Forum




Members – £ 16.50       Non Members – £ 20.00

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