Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 10th February

My favourite quote this week comes from Sarah McIntyre: "Illustrators have to be business people. We are not free-spirited fairies who live on dew drops." To find out why she needed to say that, read on!

Sarah's certainly got the bit between her teeth over the issue of equal attribution for writers and illustrators (which is a subject I wholeheartedly agree with her on). Her detailed and passionate blog post dives into the complex reasons why illustrators aren't getting their due, and what publishers need to do to improve the situation.

Last Saturday was National Libraries Day, so leave it to Nicola Morgan to deliver another essential post about why we can never value reading for pleasure too highly.

It's Kate Walker's first appearance on the Blog Break, but judging by the quality of her blogging it won't be the last. Her post on the portrayal of disabilities in children's books is a thoughtful addition to the diversity debate.

Loretta Schauer has drawn Percival Proudhorn, a character in search of a story. Let's hope he finds one, because this urban rhino looks like he's just waiting to be immortalised in print.

There's more UKYA goodness at The Edge this week, as Paula Rawsthorne tells us all about the UKYA Extravaganza that's happening on the 28th February. With 35 authors in attendance at the Birmingham event, it'll be quite a treat if you live close enough to attend.

It was Hourly Comic Day on the 1st February, but I don't think anyone got the results posted in time to make it into last week's Blog Break. Candy Gourlay has put up her first instalment and Sarah McIntyre (yes, again) has imagined the whole day as if she were a dinosaur. And people say I'm weird!

Nick.


A SCBWI member since 2009, Nick Cross is an Undiscovered Voices winner who writes children's short fiction for Stew Magazine. Issue 7 out now!

On his blog, Nick discusses the controversial genesis of his latest Stew Magazine story and considers The Rewards of Risk.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Nick. I'd already read about your story, State of Emergency - and Kate Walker's blog, before getting out of bed first thing. The rest to follow (and an order of Stew).

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