Online Portfolio Review 28 October: Introducing the Panelists

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Meet the panelists giving feedback on the submitted artwork.

Puja Sood is commissioning editor at Tota Books, an innovative, independent publisher of quality children’s picture books, a part-time bookseller at the Full Circle Bookstores and an enthusiastic helping hand in the kitchens of Café Turtle. She loves animals, cooking and feeding friends and family, and books, and is pleased to fill her days blending all three passions (all Tota Books feature animals!). You can almost always find her crouched beside a bookshelf at Full Circle–be sure to prod her twice so she snaps out of her book-induced stupor!

Twenty-odd scraggly-waggly stray canines following her down a street in I.P. Extension. A stork’s nest atop her head. A couple of double zero paint brushes lodged on her left ear. They call her an absent-minded fossil, and Vandana Bist is okay with that!

Somesh Kumar co-runs By Two Design with his friend and colleague, Hazel Karkaria. He is a comic book/graphic novel enthusiast who likes to polish his brush pen skills by sketching in his free time. He loves his tea and has many times accidentally dipped his inking brush in it. He also guest-art-directs at Pratham Books.

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Online Portfolio Review 28 October

Want to illustrate children’s books and don’t know where to begin? Send your portfolio to the SCBWI India Online Portfolio Review!

A panel of experts will tell you whether your style will work for children’s books, and give you tips to help you hone your craft. So send in your portfolio and our panel will give you live feedback on 28 October at 11 am, IST, online in a closed Facebook group: SCBWI India Portfolio Review.

The panel comprises of a veteran artist, the art director of a large publishing firm and the publisher of a publisher specialising in picture books. The details of the panelists will be posted shortly.

Please send:

  1. A PDF of a selection of your best work, not more than 5 MB. Please make sure the images are not too small. (If you’d like your entry to be anonymous, you should choose this option). You can also include a couple of sentences with each artwork to contextualise it.
    Or an online link (behance, wordpress site, tumblr or any other platform) to your work (strictly) in children’s books, with a selection of what you consider your best work.
    All the work you send should be for children’s books, either picture books or for illustrated books. Any unpublished, hypothetical children’s book projects you have worked on can also be included.
  2. An A5 size, 72 dpi, RGB, horizontal collage image of a few of your illustrations, which preferably includes one black and white image (see the example below). We will need a jpg, as it has to be uploaded on the Facebook page.SCBWI collage for portfolio review

 

  1. The first fifteen eligible entries will be displayed and commented on. If there is time, more might be commented on.
  2. All entries need to be sent by 20 October, noon IST to india@scbwi.org

Note: SCBWI online events are usually for members only. This is a one-off opportunity for non-members to participate.

First Pages: 23 September: Introducing the Panelists

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Tina Narang is the Children’s Publisher at HarperCollins Publishers India. She moved to HarperCollins in 2017 after a twelve-year stint at Scholastic India. As editor and publisher she has worked with some of the finest names in Indian children’s literature.

Samit Basu is an Indian novelist best known for his fantasy and science fiction work, in India for the Gameworld trilogy and internationally for his superhero novels Turbulence and Resistance. He also writes for younger readers: other works include the ongoing Morningstar Agency and Adventures of Stoob series. His work in comics ranges from historical romance to zombie comedy.

Sayoni Basu is an editor and a platypus. She currently works at Duckbill.

First Pages: 23 September 2018

Writing something? Not sure how it is going? Send it to First Pages!

Three experts will tell you whether your first page has piqued their interest enough to turn the page and read on. So send in the first page of the book you are working on, and our panel will give you live feedback on it on 23 September 11 am online.

1. You need to send in only the first page of your book to india@scbwi.org. Please send it in as a Word document, and remember to include the title of your book.

2. Each writer can send in only one piece. The first fifteen eligible entries will be read and commented on.

3. Please label your entry in one of the following categories:

Picture book
Chapter book
Middle-grade storybook
YA novel

4. The maximum word count should be no more than

Picture book: 50 words
Chapter book: 100 words
Middle-grade storybook: 200 words
YA novel: 200 words

5. Do not include the author’s name or title in the document.

All entries need to be sent by 20 September, noon IST.

SCBWI First Pages is usually for members only. However, this time we are also opening it to non-members.

The panel comprises of three experienced editors/writers, whose names will be announced shortly.

First Pages: 20 September 2017: Introducing the Panelists

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing the panelists:

Devika Rangachari is the author of several prize-winning books for children and young adults, including Queen of Ice, the most recent.

Paro Anand is the author of several prize-winning books for children and young adults, including No Guns at My Son’s Funeral and Weed. She works extensively with children. She won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2017.

Sayoni Basu is a platypus and an editor at Duckbill Books.

First Pages: 20 September 2017

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Writing something? Not sure how it is going? Send it to First Pages!

Three experts will tell you whether your first page has piqued their interest enough to turn the page and read on. So send in the first page of the book you are working on, and our panel will give you live feedback on it on 20 September 5pm online.

1. You need to send in only the first page of your book to india@scbwi.org. Please send it in as a Word document, and remember to include the title of your book.

2. Each writer can send in only one piece. The first fifteen eligible entries will be read and commented on.

3. Please label your entry in one of the following categories:

Picture book
Chapter book
Middle-grade storybook
YA novel

4. The maximum word count should be no more than

Picture book: 50 words
Chapter book: 100 words
Middle-grade storybook: 200 words
YA novel: 200 words

5. Do not include the author’s name or title in the document.

All entries need to be sent by 18 September, noon IST.

SCBWI First Pages is usually for members only. However, this time we are also opening it to non-members.

The panel comprises of three experienced editors/writers, whose names will be announced shortly.

How do you edit yourself?

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So you have finished writing your first draft. Congratulations! You have come further than many people will ever do. But this is not it. There is more work to be done.

Find out from three well-known and seasoned writers how to transform that first draft into something that will have publishers making extravagant promises and make readers go wild with joy.

Paro Anand is the author of several prize-winning books for children and young adults, including No Guns at My Son’s Funeral and Weed. She works extensively with children.

Devika Rangachari is the author of several prize-winning books for children and young adults, including Queen of Ice, the most recent.

 

Rupa Gulab is the author of several novels for adults and teens, including Hot Chocolate is Thicker than Blood and Daddy Come Lately.

At Max Muller Bhavan, No.3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Near Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, at 5.30 pm, 30 January 2017.

Call for Applications: Children Understand More … !

A workshop for illustrators, graphic artists and authors on creating new and different books for children
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan and Zubaan are organizing a workshop for illustrators/graphic artists and writers of books for children in December 2016 (from the 5 the 15th). The workshop will be conducted by a well-known writer from India and two illustrators from Germany and will be held near Kolkata.
INTRODUCTION:
Single parenthood, patchwork families, the relationship to one’s body, disabilities, sex education, sexuality, same-sex love, trans- and intersexuality, death, (religious) fanaticism, environmental issues – these are all realities we live with every day of our lives. And yet, there seems to be an unspoken pact among adults, no matter what class, region, country or religion they belong to, that children must be protected from these ‘difficult’ realities. Children prove themselves to be more resilient than adults give them credit for, and remain curious about everything. Whom does it serve, then, to shield them from these realities? Is it time to begin thinking of how we can address such issues in sensitive, accessible, responsible ways?
This workshop aims to make just such a start by bringing together illustrators, artists, writers and resource persons over a period of a week, to create stories, discuss and distill them with peers, and to begin the process of publishing a body of work that engages with difference, with the ‘othered’, and with the many difficulties of reality.
The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, together with its partner Zubaan, New Delhi, would like to show, in a literature project with children’s books authors and illustrators, how children’s questions in these areas can be answered comprehensibly and engagedly in an Indian context.
PROJECT PROGRESSION:
Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, in cooperation with the publishing house Zubaan in New Delhi and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), will organize a 10-day workshop in/near Kolkata with 10–16 Indian children’s book authors and illustrators in December 2016. The workshop will offer the opportunity to develop stories, and to discuss ideas and questions of how to create narratives for graphic stories/novels.
Three experts – a renowned children’s book author from India and illustrators from Germany – will conduct the workshop. Extensive discussions, hands-on exercises and detailed feedback will offer participants the possibility to work in a collaborative way and to expand
and deepen their knowledge about art, aesthetics, design and networking. Participants and workshop leaders will be located on-site.
The workshop will start with an introduction to the (social) situation of children in India and child psychology, as well as the position of children’s books in India. In the following days the authors and illustrators will decide which topics they would like to tackle and start developing the stories in illustrator/writer teams, in close collaboration with each other. The Indian and German workshop conductors will guide the discussions during this process and offer professional advice.
The project partners will present selected works produced during the workshop to publishing houses in India which might be interested to publish them. Selections will be made by a panel consisting of representatives from Zubaan, SCBWI and Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, in consultation with the workshop leaders, on the basis of work submitted.
Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan will provide accommodation, three meals/day and a travel subsidy.
WORKSHOP DATES: th th
The workshop will take place from 5 to 15 December 2016 (inclusive).
WHO CAN APPLY:
Only artists in their final year of study, or who have graduated, or are accomplished authors/ illustrators can apply. Ideally, a mix of all three groups would create an inspiring atmosphere for all participants. Participants are required to spend the full 10 days at the workshop and to live on-site, arriving the day before the workshop begins and departing the day after it ends. Accommodation can be on a twin-sharing basis. The workshop will be conducted in English.
HOW TO APPLY:
Up to 16 participants (5-8 authors, 5-8 illustrators) will be selected via this call for applications. Submissions should include a curated selection of their works and potential story ideas. All applications must be sent to applications@kolkata.goethe.org, containing:
– a brief CV;
– representative samples of your work (as .pdf or .jpg attachments);
– suggestions for relevant topics; and
– a brief idea for a story on one of these relevant topics presented in text or illustration, which you would like to work on during your stay
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 20 SEPTEMBER 2016
We look forward to hearing from you.
Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Zubaan Books

Online Portfolio Review, 17 June, 2016: Introducing the Panelists

Shobha Viswanath

Shobha Viswanath is the Publishing Director, Karadi Tales, a publishing house based in Chennai who publish audio books, picture books and illustrated books for children. She has also written several illustrated and picture books for children including Little Vinayak, The Lizard’s Tail and Insect Boy.

Shilpa

Shilpa Ranade is an animator and illustrator. She teaches Animation Design and Theory at IDC School of Design, IIT Mumbai. She has made several animated films, including an animated feature film, Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne, and has illustrated numerous books for children.

 

Bena Sareen

Bena Sareen did an M.Phil in Sociology, to eventually become a book designer at a time when book designers were a rare species in India. She has worked at Penguin Books India for twelve years, overseeing the birth of Puffin and Ladybird India books. Currently she consults with Aleph Book Company and runs her own design studio.

Online Portfolio Review, June 17 2016

Want to illustrate children’s books and don’t know where to begin? Send your portfolio to the SCBWI India Online Portfolio Review!

A panel of experts will tell you whether your style will work for children’s books, and give you tips to help you hone your craft. So send in your portfolio and our panel will give you live feedback on 17 June 2016 at 5 pm, IST, online in a closed Facebook group: SCBWI India Portfolio Review.

The panel comprises of Shobha Viswanath, Publishing Director, Karadi Tales; Bena Sareen, Consulting Creative Director, Aleph Book Company and Shilpa Ranade, Illustrator & Professor, IDC-IIT Powaii.

Please send:

  1. An online link (behance, wordpress site, tumblr or any other platform) to your work (strictly) in children’s books, with a selection of what you consider your best work. It could include picture books, work for children’s. Any unpublished, hypothetical children’s book projects you have worked on can also be included.

Or
A PDF of a selection of your best work, not more than 5 MB. Please make sure the images are not too small. (If you’d like your entry to be anonymous, you should choose this option).

 

  1. An A5 size, 72 dpi, RGB, horizontal collage image of a few of your ilustrations, which preferably includes one black and white image (see the example below). We will need a jpg, as it has to be uploaded on the Facebook page.SCBWI collage for portfolio review

 

  1. The first fifteen eligible entries will be displayed and commented on. If there is time, more might be commented on.
  2. All entries need to be sent by 10 June, noon IST to india@scbwi.org

Note: SCBWI online events are usually for members only. This is a one-off opportunity for non-members to participate.