Ten-Minute Blog Break - 8th April

With the London Book Fair in full swing, the future of publishing is inevitably a key point of discussion. But as fascinating as that subject is, it's good to see our SCBWI bloggers getting on with the main business at hand - writing stuff!

Bryony Pearce is under the cosh, with a 90,000 word book to write by June. Suddenly (to riff on her own Red Dwarf analogy) she's gone from Dave Lister calm to Arnold Rimmer anxiousness. Her main symptom at the moment is the obsessive counting of words, a malady I can sympathise with from my recent redrafting adventure.

Just a week behind the Blog Break, Space on the Bookshelf celebrates its first birthday. The book review and interview site has covered a surprising amount of ground in those twelve months, and Sally Poyton has a great summary of what you might have missed.

I reported on Jane Heinrichs' One Picture, Three Stories blog linkup a while back, and since then the project has flourished. Now into its fourth month, the latest update brings us brilliant blue skies, New York in the rain and a bygone view of the Philippines.

Surprisingly, those stories about the Philippines weren't by Candy Gourlay, but she pops up on her own blog to tell you all about the event she's running this Friday (11th April) in London. How can you resist a talk entitled "How to Get Published in Children's Fiction," especially when Candy has secured free entry for SCBWI members?

It wasn't a SCBWI blog post, but the article that generated the most comments on the SCBWI-BI Facebook group this week (70 at the last count) was this one on "hybrid" publishing. Many debated whether this supposed third way between traditional and self publishing was really just vanity publishing in different clothes...


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 most recent post was on the Stew Magazine blog, talking about the inspiration behind his latest short story The Door Keeper.


  1. Interesting you've got the hybrid debate following the free entry Candy's negotiated into something as wonderful as make your own book.I'd love to self publish like that. I spend lots of distracted minutes working out how I'd do it.


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