Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Write On Con and a sketch of Callie

Write On Con is a fantastic online conference for kidlit writers that takes place over a couple of days each August.  This is the third year I've 'attended' and it keeps getting better and better.  I've particularly been impressed with the live Google Hangouts they've hosted this year (my Twitter pitch was read out and then commented on by an agent, which was pretty cool).  Queries/First 250 words/First 5 pages are workshopped in the forums (in the hope that a Ninja Agent may swoop on by and offer a comment - or request!), and the generosity of the kidlit writing community is amazing.

In particular, I'd like to draw your attention to a fabulous lady called Larua Tisdel who has been working her artistic fingers to the bone these last few days, sketching pics from short descriptions writers posted for their main character.  I threw my hat into the ring, and Larua has sketched Callie, the heroine of my story 'A Shadow Over Nerennor.'

I love seeing my character through someone else's eyes!  Isn't the sketch fantastic?  (I'm so jealous of anyone who can draw like that!)

Here's the link to Larua's DeviantArt gallery, in case you want to check out more of her work (you really should!).


  1. I love the sketch. It is great to see Callie on the page! I have no talent at drawing a person - I'm jealous too.

  2. I watched the Google Hangout. It was very interesting, gleened a lot of info and very cool to hear your tweet read out. The sketch is cool, though not quite how I imagine Callie. I see her more round cheeked and with dark hair. (I know there's no color, but I'm getting a feeling its meant to be blonde) ;-) Thanks for sharing with us Annette!!!

  3. Thanks, Stephanie! I thought the Google Hangouts were a great addition to the conference - helped make it much more interactive (& it was a bonus to have mine read out, especially when it wasn't totally shot down in flames, lol). Yes, Callie should have golden brown hair really, so should be darker. :o)

  4. Hi Annette--sorry I'm so lame. I'm just NOW taking a look at this! How very awesome!!!!