With the support of the Sabah State Library, Yusof Gajah was at the regional library in Kota Kinabalu on 29 Jan 2010. Staff from the library put up a puppet show about a frog who wants to see the world. The children were engrossed in the story and were not at all surprised when the father frog blew himself up so big, he burst with a bang! I have to confess I was a bit taken aback! We thank Mr Wong, Director of the Sabah State Library for his hospitality. It was a delight meeting someone who is so enthusiastic about books and keen to engage with children. Also thanks to Jaiton and other staff of the library. We came away very impressed with the work the library has done and hope to collaborate with them on future activities. LT
Since we started our website last year, we've received a number of queries from writers and illustrators who would like us to represent them and help them get published. We are a new agency (started last year) and have a list of existing clients. We do not want to make a lot of promises but one thing we can promise is that we will work hard and do the best for our clients. At the same time, it is easier for us to do our best if our clients are responsive to queries and to suggestions as well as willing to do their part in promoting their books.
We have added a Submissions page and look forward to hearing from you! LT
We are updating our website to include our list of clients - talented writers and illustrators. We have also included a list of resources that will help you in your writing and illustrating and to meet like-minded people. Coming next is our submission guidelines as we look forward to hearing from you. Stay tuned! LT
We welcome 2010! It's the year of the white tiger and the Chinese regard tiger years as 'interesting'. This means it will be full of challenges and unexpected things are likely to happen. In other words, it will be anything but dull. So depending on how you look at it, it could be a year of opportunities, for with challenges and changes come opportunities but we must be prepared for those opportunities. How shall we prepare ourselves? Well, by tying lose ends in our lives, making sure our work is done to the best of our abilities and being alert and ready to do better. Easier said than done because it means we have to work hard. As the saying goes, 'Opportunity comes to those who work for it'.
Forgive me for being preachy but I am really admonishing myself. At the same time, I am excited for we already have a few great books that are ready to be published in the next few months; we will be preparing to take these books to international fairs; and we hope to do much more in Malaysia through the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Among others, we will be working with the Society to hold regular activities that will be useful to Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and we believe we will find talent here. LT