Ten-Minute Blog Break - 3rd March

So it's goodbye to grim, cold February and hello to slightly less grim, slightly less cold March. But Spring is coming, right? Read the Blog Break and let those creative buds bloom!

I have to admit that, sometimes, I'll read a really good blog post and then check that person's name in the SCBWI database, desperately hoping that they're a member so I can include the blog in this round-up. This week, I was pleased to discover Jess Vallance, who's written a much-needed post for Awfully Big Blog Adventure about when it's OK to give up on a project. As someone who doggedly persists with a book to the point of risking my own sanity, I found Jess's advice very helpful.

Vanessa Harbour excels at summarising a topic, and her post on diversity in children's books does a great job of bringing us up to date on the latest developments in this important area.

Space on the Bookshelf have another of their comprehensive 3D review features, looking at Wendy Meddour and Rebecca Ashdown's new picture book. And who can argue with a story in which Rapunzel rejects the prince and saves herself by getting a job in a library?

There was a cluster of useful blog posts about school visits this week. Nicola Morgan teamed up with school librarian Duncan Wright to offer dual perspectives on running the best school events, and it's fascinating to look at the similarities and differences in their requirements. Here's Nicola's blog post and this is Duncan's. Kathy Evans then leapt into the debate and offered a useful round-up of Nicola's (and several others') posts on the subject.

Finally, K.M. Lockwood may have tempted me onto her blog with a picture of an ice cream sundae, but I stayed for another great blog post. In a short but insightful article, she talks about criticism and the critique process, and may make you wish you'd sent her your book for feedback!


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

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