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August 26th, 2015

#picturesmeanbusiness in the media

Big thanks to everyone who's supporting the #PicturesMeanBusiness campaign! We're making a bit of noise: right between Heathrow security and boarding my flight to the USA, I got e-mails from both Kat Brown at The Telegraph and Alison Flood from The Guardian, wanting to report on the campaign. I managed to borrow a laptop in the USA to do a Skype interview at my friend's dinner table with Dan Damon for the BBC World Service. I haven't had a chance to link to them properly, but here they are now, and I've posted them onto the 'Further Reading' section of PicturesMeanBusiness.com.

Kat Brown in The Telegraph, read it here:


Alison Flood in The Guardian, read it here:


Dan Damon interviewing me on BBC World Service, listen here:


We still have a long way to go. I was sorry to see Mariah Carey's new picture book won't have the illustrator's name on the cover (implying that Mariah has taken to painting).



I was hoping to big up the book's illustrator, Colleen Madden, on Twitter but she doesn't have an account. I understand the need to use a big celebrity name to sell a book, but it's dishonest and misleading not to mention the illustrator on the front cover, at least in smaller letters. Publishers may argue that they credit the illustrator on the back cover or inside the book, but these aren't what people see when they browse book covers on the Internet. Particularly with a PICTURE book, big credits for the illustrator should be a no-brainer decision for the publisher.

Jarry Lee on BuzzFeed, read it here


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