Professional Practice Day for Children’s Book Illustrators with Orange Beak

Learn how to present your work effectively to children’s book publishers.

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An information-packed one day course looking at presenting your work effectively to children’s book publishers.

Delivered by children’s book illustration specialists Orange Beak, you will be looking at all aspects of working as a professional children’s book illustrator from how to make contacts and how publishers work, through to developing an effective portfolio and nurturing your online presence.

Topics include:

  • Contract basics
  • Publishers and imprints
  • Who does what in a publishing house?
  • Presenting your portfolio
  • Samples and mail-outs
  • What to avoid on social media
  • Rejection
  • How to communicate with publishers in a working relationship
  • Visiting the Bologna Book Fair, competitions and festivals

Registration is at 9.30am so attendees can have exclusive access to our South Gallery exhibition Journeys Drawn: Illustration from the Refugee Crisis before the event starts at 10am.

In August 2017 Art Director Ness Wood and author/illustrators Pam Smy and Maisie Paradise Shearring set up Orange Beak Studio to deliver high quality tuition, workshops and courses to those who want to specialise in children’s book illustration.

Ness Wood is an award-winning book designer, lecturer, published author and has qualifications in design history. As a freelance designer and art director, Ness has worked for major publishers. She is known for her encouraging, straight-forward and collaborative approach with illustrators and students.

Maisie Paradise Shearring is an international award winning and published illustrator. She currently specialises in picture books and is working with Two Hoots and Walker Books. In 2015, Maisie received the Bologna International Illustrators Award in recognition for her graphic novel, Susan's School Days. She is also a lecturer on the MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art.

Pam Smy has illustrated folktales, chapter books, nursery rhyme collections, picture books and novels, and specialises in older end fiction. Her most recent project is the graphic novel, Thornhill published by David Fickling Books. Pam is a visiting lecturer on the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art and has over 18 years of art school teaching experience.


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