Ten-Minute Blog Break - 23rd July

I'm sure I can't be the only one wilting from all this heat, but our SCBWI bloggers march on regardless.
Grab a tall glass of iced tea and let's see what blog-sized treats are on the plate this week.

Despite living in the same town as ace indie bookshop Mostly Books, I’m a little ashamed to admit that I completely missed their recent special event, in which three Nosy Crow authors took over the running of the shop for the day! SCBWI writers Paula Harrison and Helen Peters joined Fleur Hitchcock to staff the shop, as well as answering all manner of questions from budding young writers and journalists. Sally Poyton tells us all about the event at Space on the Bookshelf.

Mark Jones returns to his Amazing Writing Advice column, after an unexpected break. But was the lay-off really because he was sued for publishing someone else’s book without their permission and did he actually take matters into his own hands in such a drastic fashion? You’ll have to read the post and make up your own mind...

Taking the idea of the Silly Season a step further are the bloggers at Notes from the Slushpile, who are having an, erm, Slushpile Silly Season. So far, Addy Farmer has blogged about silly character names via PG Wodehouse and Books With a Letter Missing. Have you read The Lion, the Itch and the Wardrobe?

Illustrators will get a kick out of Katriona Chapman’s post at Big Little Tales, detailing her technique for colourising pencil drawings using Photoshop. Sam Zuppardi’s brother won’t be getting a kick out of anything for a while though, especially when he sees the get well card that Sam sent him showing his broken leg. Yuck!

I'll be taking next week off to go on holiday (I know, what a shocking dereliction of duty), so the Blog Break will have a very special guest editor! Until then, happy reading and happy blogging.


Nick Cross is a children's writer, blogger and all-round digital guru. In 2010 he was a winner of Undiscovered Voices with his zombie comedy Back from the Dead.
For his latest blog post, Nick is Desperately Seeking Symmetry with the help of Sara Grant's Half Lives.


  1. So happy to chance upon this website! It's a mine of information!

  2. Thanks, Nick. They'll be another one on Friday featuring mood music ...oh yes.

  3. Nick, I wish you a very enjoyable blogless break next week!


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