BLOG BREAK Quitting, Visiting and Formatting

Nick Cross presents his fortnightly selection of must-read blogs.

Kathryn Kettle was recently chosen as a finalist for Undiscovered Voices 2018. But, as she tells us in a retrospective blog post, she didn't get to this point by persistence alone - sometimes the most important decision she made was to give up!

If you're an unpublished writer, you could be forgiven for wondering what it is exactly that publishers do. In Liz Flanagan's latest blog post, she pays tribute to the team of people - editors, artists, designers, rights and sales staff - who collectively bring a book to market.

Rowena House is having "book two blues," but rather than wallowing in them, she's put together a wise and insightful blog post about the lessons she learned from working on her debut novel.

You can't have missed that it was World Book Day last week, and to mark the occasion, Jo Franklin wrote a post for Awfully Big Blog Adventure about why authors enjoy visiting schools. And no, it isn't all about the money (or the biscuits).

Talking of school visits, I'm quite jealous of the great stuff schoolchildren draw for Peter Bunzl - his stories seem to be endlessly inspiring for young minds. Take, for instance, the incredibly detailed "mechanimals" created by Starbeck School and Crescent Primary School.

Finally, Vanessa Harbour is getting a bit teachery in her latest blog post. But it's for our own good, as Vanessa discusses the importance of getting your manuscript formatting right from the start to save yourself hours of work later.


*Feature image: Blog Break logo by Melany Pietersen

Nick Cross is Words & Pictures' Blog Network Editor. An Undiscovered Voices winner, he both writes and illustrates for children, and was honours winner of the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for fiction.

Nick also blogs for Notes from the Slushpile. His most recent blog post finds him Drawing While Terrified.

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