Buns, Bags and Emergency Fabric

Nothing screams tourist like walking through Bath with a Sallly Lunn bag. But I did because OH said 'bring us back some buns' and I'm nothing if not obliging.

The queue for lunch at Sally Lunn's was getting on for Betty's proportions so I tried the 'Regency' Tea Rooms round the corner. But the embarassment of having to leave because they don't take a card, only cash or cheques (who has cheques now?) didn't help  and guess which bag I forgot and had to barge through cashed up tea drinkers for, two minutes later?

the bag not to be seen with

Regency tea rooms hmmm - the clue's in the name - parts of the city really are stuck in the 18th century.

I was there for a Golden Egg appointment with friend to SCBWI and W&P, Imogen Cooper, and another reminder of how important it is to get an editor and how hard it us to do the job yourself on your own work, though I'm guessing not impossible. The older I get and the more I learn, the less I know. Some days giving up and getting the sewing machine out is very attractive. However, I haven't done that... yet.

emergency fabric

Though I did have to buy a couple of emergency squares of fabric during the afternoon just to keep things on an even keel.

During the week, Sheila had some excellent ideas for creating mood boards on Pinterest, there was controversy rather than crochet on the Blog Break and how enlightening to find out how an agent works editorially with their authors - thank you Julia!

The North West featured in Network News with their ideas for getting together in the region and in Events, when George gave us a colourful write up of Steve Hartley's character workshop. Has Steve ever risked a trip South? We'd love to have him. Finally, the fizz flowed on Saturday for Sandra Greaves on the launch of The Skull in the Wood, another Undiscovered Voices triumph!

Next week we welcome Penny Holroyde to Words & Pictures. She's a literary agent with the Caroline Sheldon Agency and will be answering some of our Ask an Agent questions. Very timely for me, Philippa has some practical tips for self editing and Amanda has been interviewing publishers of Graphic Novels.

Have a good week,

Jan Carr

Jan Carr is the editor of Words & Pictures. Her fiction is older middle grade, she blogs occasionally and loves to write in magenta. You can contact her at editor@britishscbwi.org.


  1. I hope that your appointment went well. I love the fabric - it looks worth the trip to Bath.

    1. Thanks Amanda - the fabric thing is a bit of an addiction. Some people smoke when they're in need of a pick me up, or drink or eat chocolate - I buy fabric (and eat chocolate).

  2. That fabric looks exciting. What are you going to do with it?

    1. Store it and look at it occasionally- it's all I find to do with it at the moment!


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