Ten-Minute Blog Break - 8th October

I have great trouble each week thinking of something original to write for this intro paragraph, so this time I'm going to take a leaf out of Rosie Best's book and say:
Welcome to Blogs and Stuff #29 !

The SCBWI Agents' Party has been very much on our members' minds this week, so Candy Gourlay uses it as a jumping-off point for a thoughtful analysis of the place of the literary agent in the modern publishing landscape. Can agents maintain their traditional role as dealmakers and gatekeepers, or will they have to follow the money wherever it leads?

Sara Grant is lucky enough to have her own crack team of agents and editors who are poring over the Undiscovered Voices entries as we speak. Blogging at the edge, Sara gives us a tantalising hint of the qualities she's been seeing in this year's submissions. Will it be Love at First Sight for the UV judges when they read your entry?

In the land of Big Little Tales, Katriona Chapman has been blogging about her process when starting to write a graphic novel about her travels in Mexico & Central America. Katriona shares her inspirations for the book, and the things she's already learned about pacing and structure.

I swear that Jane Heinrichs and I are symbiotically linked in some way! Just as I'm coming off a period of frantic activity (finishing my manuscript revisions on schedule for the Agents' Party), so Jane is Slowing Down and enjoying the creative benefits of a little R&R.

Finally, it's great to feature a post from Sue Hyams on the Blog Break. I have been poking (affectionate) fun at Sue for a while about her Moleskine obsession, but this week she comes clean with the shocking truth about Infidelity - the Stationery Years.


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.

This week on his blog, Nick gives some Perspectives on Pitching after a busy night at the SCBWI Agents' Party.

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