Hard at work, with Luna
Hard at work, with Luna

I am passionate about storyshaping and helping authors and illustrators to create the book that inspires them.


I like to blog about the craft of writing picture books:

Ask a Picture Book Editor

 

I have teamed up with Ellie Farmer (Commissioning Editor at Little Tiger Press) to blog for SCBWI's Words & Pictures' monthly Ask a Picture Book Editor column, where you can ask us anything you’d like about picture books.

 

See our blog posts here:

 

About us and our favourite picture books

What Makes A Good Picture Book Topic?

Child-Centred Characters

Voice, Tone and Pitch

Plot and Basic Structure

How to Nail Your Hook

10 Steps to Publication Part 1

10 Steps to Publication Part 2

Lasting Christmas-Themed Books

Some Tips About Illustrations for Writers & Illustrators
How to Submit Professionally - Overview

How to Submit Professionally - The Cover Letter
How to Submit Professionally - Picture Book Illustrators
What Makes a Good Cover and Title
Acquisitions and What You Can Expect Next
Self-Promotion 1: Building Your Online Presence
Self-Promotion 2: Building Your Offline Presence (school visits etc)
Bookfairs and Why they Matter
How Many Pages in a Picture Book?
12 Top Tips for Picture Book Writers/Illustrators
Harnessing Your Creativity: Ten Techniques to Springboard New Story Ideas
Cracking Characters
Does Your Plot Read Like a List? Episodic Plots
Beginnings: Why the First 50 Words Must Grab Editors

What Makes a Great Ending
What Makes a Picture Book Great

Visually Compelling & Successful Picture Books: the View from the Art Director's Desk
Going Beyond the Book: Interactive Picture Books

How to Write Picture Books that Make a Point (and Pack a Punch)
Story Magic - Turning Traditional Tales on their Heads and Asking 'What If?'

Picture Books That Make Us Laugh
How to Make Your Picture Book Prose Sing: Be SPECIFIC!

How to Find a New Take on a Universal Theme - Families

"One of the books I have worked on with Natascha has won a prestigious award, and another shortlisted" – Georgie Birkett, Is This My Nose?

Storya narrative, either  fictitious or true,  designed to interest, amuse or inspire 

Shape  to fashion or form, mould, create or give character to