#UV2014 Twitter Q&A – July 25th, 1pm GMT!

UV14 The co-creators of British Isles UNDISCOVERED VOICES anthology — Sara O’Connor and Sara Grant — will host a Twitter Q&A session on Thursday 25th July. Tweet your questions after 1 pm GMT using #UV14 and follow @saramoohead and @authorsaragrant.

Just search for the hashtag #UV14 to listen into the conversation. You follow the chat using your own timeline, or you can use a website like Tweetchat.com (or an App like Hootsuite) to follow the posts. You can post questions by simply add #UV14 to your tweets (when the chat is in progress).

UV 2014 – Writers Bonus – The Panel discuss their recent acquisitions and why they loved them!

Please note: this video relates to the 2014 Undiscovered Voices judging panel.

As part of the Undiscovered Voices competition launch on April 18th 2013, we asked the fiction judging panel who were present about their most recent acquisitions. What followed revealed a lot about the role agents and editors in the acquisition process and how important it is for there to be a personal connection between the reader and the characters. It’s not just about being commercial and marketable, but about making the reader excited into enter into the world of the book. In comes as no surprise to anyone who has watched the previous videos that the role of voice ruled supreme.

 

UV 2014 – Writers Bonus – Ben and Sam discuss “Is there ever a time for Info dump?”

Please note: this video relates to the 2014 Undiscovered Voices judging panel.

In this bonus video from our fiction judging panel, Ben Horslen and Samantha Smith talk about how characters can be used to impart information and getting around problematic exposition (as known as “Info Dump”). Please check out our other Undiscovered Voices videos.

UV 2014 – Video for Writers: The Final Words of Advice from our Judges

Please note: this video relates to the 2014 Undiscovered Voices judging panel.

In our final clip from the Undiscovered Voices competition launch meeting on April 18th, we asked the fiction judging panel who were present for some words of advice and tips for writers. As Gemma Cooper starts off the discussion about how to get voice right by encouraging writers to listen to their work aloud (whether recording yourself reading it or getting someone else to read it). The panel then share their top tips for writers, from making sure you write the book you want to write, through to letting the readers use their imaginations.

UV 2014 – Video for Writers: Judging Panel’s Mistakes to Avoid and Advice on Genre

Please note: this video relates to the 2014 Undiscovered Voices judging panel.

Here’s our second clip for writers from the Undiscovered Voices competition launch meeting on April 18th. We asked the fiction judging panel who were present what mistakes writers should avoid and what advice they had on writing in popular genre. The panel start by talking about the obvious mistakes to avoid such as starting off with a character waking up or putting “info dump” in the first chapter, but soon start talking about how to bring something new to a genre you love. Our editors and agents also talk about how work for younger fiction is in great demand – especially in the Undiscovered Voices anthology!

UV 2014 – Video: Illustration Judges on Standing Out and Other Tips for Illustration Success!!

Please note: this video relates to the 2014 Undiscovered Voices judging panel.

Here’s our second clip for illustrators from the Undiscovered Voices competition launch meeting on April 18th. We asked the fiction judging panel who were present what has made illustrators they work with stand out. Martin Salisbury talks about the “voice” in illustration, while Frances McKay shares her passion of characterization and expressing a range of emotions. Our panel also reveals their top tips for illustrators tackling the UV2014 story starters, from finding the right scale to looking at work in a mirror. Nghiem Ta has specific words of warning for illustrators with a delicate or faint style!

UV 2014 – Video: Illustration Judges on using the story starters

Please note: this video relates to the 2014 Undiscovered Voices judging panel.

In this clip from the Undiscovered Voices competition launch event on April 18th, our illustration judging panel answer some key questions. First, we asked them for their tips for working from the story starters and how to use a piece of text to inspire an illustration. Nghiem Ta suggests making time to experiment and to explore different styles (while still meeting the deadline!). Martin Salisbury suggests going with what grabs your attention and use your sketchbook to find your way into the character and subject before working on the final piece. Frances McKay reveals what the most important skill in creating black and white illustration – ability to draw is vital! Helen Graham-Cameron mentions using tone as well as line in black and white illustrations.

You may need to turn your volume up to hear some of the judges.

 

 

UV 2014 – What the fiction judges are looking for – Video from the UV Launch Meeting

Please note: this video relates to the 2014 Undiscovered Voices judging panel.

Here’s our first clip from the Undiscovered Voices competition launch meeting on April 18th.

We asked the fiction judging panel who were present what they look for a manuscript. As Sarah Lambert says at the very beginning, “everyone knows this is voice, but only one of us gets to say it.”

However, there’s lots of other things that contribute to make a manuscript standout – including confidence, convincing world building (even in contemporary books), getting the reader excited about the story and rewarding their commitment to reading it.