Conference Blog Break

Thanks to everyone who has told me about their SCBWI-BI conference blog posts so far. I'm happy to keep this post updated over the next few days, so do send me a link to

Addy Farmer was first out of the gate with a poignant photo of her front car seat. You'll have to read her blog to find out the significance of that!

My offering brought together Playmobil, drug-smuggling camels and general showing off. Mel Rogerson, on the other hand, failed in her attempt to "take stacks of photos, say hi to everyone I knew and get a decent amount of sleep." She has, however, found time to write a list of the five things she brought home from the conference.

Ever one for the grand gesture, our conference party co-host Jane McLoughlin takes Mel's list and doubles it, finding ten reasons to love the SCBWI conference. Meanwhile, K.M. Lockwood's post celebrates the "mad, wonderful thing we do" (which in her case is wear a lot of purple and a rather fetching hat).

However, even Madam Lockwood's outfit for the conference party was trumped by George Kirk's dress, which was made out of recycled men's ties! George contributes one of the most uplifting posts, as she blogs about losing heart and finding it again, all thanks to the SCBWI conference. Awww.

Finally, Celia J. Anderson just sneaked under the deadline by fifteen minutes with this blog. Celia, I'm very impressed you manage to post this, even though your brain was threatening to implode!

That's it for now on the conference, but I can't resist mentioning a snippet of non-Winchester news. My near namesake Nick Cook has finally signed a deal for his Cloud Riders book series, after an epic quest across time and space to the outer reaches of publishing. Although Three Hares Publishing are brand new, Nick thinks that they "will be a force to be reckoned with." I'm sure fellow SCBWI member Christina Banach is hoping the same thing, as her debut novel has also been acquired by Three Hares. Well done to both!


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.

Nick's already mentioned his blog post, so he's going to use this space to give big congratulations to Words & Pictures Editor Jan Carr on winning the OCA!


  1. Thanks for putting all these together Nick. Really wish I'd been there for the Playmobil session. You have to do something with that camel story ...

  2. Thanks, Dave, and congratulations again on that Crystal Kite award!

  3. Brilliant Conference Blog Break Nick! Thank you for putting that together so quickly!
    And thank you very much for you kind words x

  4. Happy memories of the conference.


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