Ten-Minute Blog Break - 20th October

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It's only a month until the SCBWI-BI Conference in Winchester - how did that happen! Every year it seems to be a long way away and then suddenly looms on the horizon. So, if you haven't booked yet, there isn't long to do so - click here for more details.

One of the reasons I suddenly thought of the conference was our opening blog post from Sarah Towle, a helpful introductory dive into the whys and wherefores of crowdfunding. Sarah will be joining a Spark panel at the conference called "Top Tips for Self-Publishing and Crowd Funding," which promises to be super-informative for anyone considering the DIY route.

Staying on the conference theme, one of the most popular displays at Winchester is the terrific artwork that's made it into the SCBWI Illustrators Showcase. But things don't end there, because after the conference the showcase goes on tour. Katherine Lynas blogs about the excitement of seeing her artwork at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and at Seven Stories in Newcastle.

Run for cover - Kathy Evans is being copy edited! OK, maybe it's not quite such a cause for alarm, but as Kathy tells us in her latest blog post, it can sometimes be harder than you think to deal with unexpected criticism.

There are some people who update their blog so often that I have great trouble picking out a post to use in this column - yes, I'm looking at you Alistair Lane! Alistair seems to be participating in a number of writing challenges simultaneously, and doing rather well, it seems. But he's chosen not to say how well, and his poem about the slippery nature of success explains why.

Talking of writing challenges, that venerable breaker of keyboards NaNoWriMo is nearly upon us. But it's easy to feel beholden to that tricky 50,000 word target and get bogged down, which is why Julie Day is setting herself some different targets.

Finally, if you venture into a children's writer's study (as I have on several occasions, though I must stress only when invited!) you'll often find a sizable pile of "how to write" books. Over at The Edge, Sara Grant boils the field down to her ten absolute favourites.


Nick Cross is an Undiscovered Voices winner and has recently received the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award, for his short story The Last Typewriter.

Click here to read Nick's latest blog post for Notes from the Slushpile.

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