writing, submitting and casting spells


Just a quick one from me as it’s half term and we’re about to head off for a few days to the Harry Potter Studios! My nine-year-old is a huge Harry Potter fan – he and I have both read all the books and watched (most of) the films. We’ve just been watching The Goblet of Fire to get ourselves in the mood. Very exciting – I’ll let you know how it goes! I may well cover Instagram with photos!

Before I go, I do have a teeny bit of news to report on the writing front. I’ve just submitted three picture book manuscripts to an agent! I really meant to send off a batch of five or six (one of the pieces of advice I heard at the Festival of Writing was to submit this way) but researching suitable agents and following the different submission guidelines takes time and I just wasn’t getting round to it. So, since I had an agent in mind who I knew I wanted to submit to, I figured I’d send my manuscripts to her first and go from there.

Submitting also meant I spent lots of time last week polishing my third manuscript (one and two were already good to go) and I’m pretty happy with it now. It’s the only non-rhyming book I’ve written and though I love rhyme, prose translates more easily, making it better in commercial terms (potential for huge international sales, see!) so I figured I should at least give it a go. The book was actually inspired by this picture I drew back in February – I had a hunch Stanley had a story so I’m quite chuffed to be right! Stanley's jumper

Oh, and on the subject of drawing, I had an inspiring conversation with a friend about all the pictures we’ve done this year. Plans are afoot – watch this space!

That’s it for now, I’m off to cast some spells.

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19 thoughts on “writing, submitting and casting spells

  1. Turning Up In Devon

    I too have a 9 year old mad on Harry Potter, would love to hear what you think of the studios visit as we’re planning to go sometime soon! I’m so chuffed how much my son wants to read the books and reads them to himself. Huge congrats on submitting your picture books, it’s both scary and exciting I know, but such an achievement! #whatimwriting

  2. suz

    Oh, fancy making poor Stanley wear the jumper Aunty Mavis knitted. You cruel woman. I bet the story is awesome. Good luck with the agents.
    I look forward to hearing about Harry Potter studios. I’ve always wanted to go there but never got round to it.
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  3. jude

    Exciting times! All the best with it Maddy. I think you’re right about getting on with submitting before you have a batch of 5 ready. It’s just so time consuming otherwise!I love the pic of Stanley – so much personality in only a small glimpse of eyes! Look forward to seeing more.
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