Ten-Minute Blog Break - 24th September

It's been a bumper week for new blogs - whether you're published or unpublished, relaxed or overworked, I hope you'll take ten minutes out with our fantastic SCBWI bloggers.

Lorraine Gregory has found some quite unusual reasons to be cheerful this week. Lorraine doesn't have an agent or a book deal and yet she couldn't be happier!

Those writers who do have a book deal will find Nicola Morgan's post on the cost of author events immensely useful. The question of how much authors should charge is always a contentious one, so Nicola lays out her scale of charges in exacting detail, showing exactly how she arrives at the figures and why she thinks they're fair.

Miriam Halahmy has some useful advice on writing the perfect one line pitch. With the SCBWI Agents' Party just a week away, there's never been a better time to boil your manuscript down to a single sentence. I was thinking of having a T-shirt made up with my one line pitch, but I decided that was probably just a bit too creepy...

T-shirt slogans aside, I'm also trying to meet an impossible deadline to revise my manuscript ahead of the Agents' Party, and Jane Heinrichs' latest post resonated strongly with me. Instead of admonishing ourselves for every tiny creative misstep, she'd like us to be gentle with ourselves.

Finally, dogged detective Rebecca Colby is blogging over at the funeverse, investigating that most terrible of transgressions, the Rhyme Crime! Are your rhymes guilty of being wilty? Find out from Rebecca how to give them sizzle before they fizzle.

Oh sorry, I have to go. I think the poetry police are breaking down my front door.


Nick Cross is a children's writer, blogger and all-round techno-ninja. In 2010 he was a winner of Undiscovered Voices with his zombie comedy Back from the Dead.

This week on his blog, Nick's taking a look at story franchises and wondering why No-one Ever Really Dies.


  1. Thanks Nick, I think finding reasons to be cheerful very important to my sanity! Hope the revising goes well and personally would love to see the one line pitch t shirt!

  2. A T-shirt is a really good idea...

    1. However, I realised that instead of introducing myself to an agent and verbally running through the pitch (thus proving I'm a functioning human being who also writes must-have fiction), I would have to point to my chest like a complete loon. Then there would either be an awkward silence while they read it or the sound of them running away!

  3. Hope my blog is useful to those of you going to the Agent's Party and good luck if you are pitching this year. Thanks to Nick for the heads up!


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