Ten-Minute Blog Break - 10th March

Yikes! I had a lot of blog posts to read through this week. Should I blame World Book Day, or bloggers coming out of hibernation for Spring? Either way, there's much good stuff below the fold...

Larisa Villar Hauser had a very rewarding World Book Day (which is good to read about), but even better is her attached interview with Crowfield Mysteries author Pat Walsh. Pat talks about her foray into self-publishing with The Hob and the Deerman, and gives great insight into the differences between various traditional and self-publishing routes to market.

Sarah McIntyre's #PicturesMeanBusiness campaign has had a historic week, persuading The Bookseller to change their sales ranking page to include illustrators as well as writers. And that's not all the campaign's managed, so read Sarah's update to find out more.

Bryony Pearce was one of the 34 authors at the UKYA Extravaganza in Birmingham that I trailed a few Blog Breaks ago. Read Bryony's report at The Edge to see how it went.

It's a well-known fact that writers are suckers for stationery, but Nick Cook elevates it to mythic levels in his latest blog post. Does the writer choose the pen, or does the pen choose the writer?

For all you graphic novel fans, Amanda Lillywhite managed to get a ticket to see comics guru Scott McCloud at the British Library, and blogs about what you missed.

Finally, as often seems to happen, Candy Gourlay has banged out two great blog posts in quick succession. The first finds her reactivating the much-missed Notes from the Slushpile via a terrifically informative post about whether authors really need a Facebook page. The second post on her own blog will have everyone dribbling with envy, as Candy has been honoured with her very own Tall Story book bench, as decorated by Hampden Gurney Church of England Primary School. Sadly, it seems the rest of us will not be so lucky, and may have to take matters into our own hands - if you want me, I'll be out in the back garden with a tin of emulsion and a paint brush.


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

1 comment:

  1. What a great blogging week for SCBWI! Well done, everyone! Especially Sarah McIntyre who has single handedly changed the world!


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