Ten-Minute Blog Break - 6th October

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I was briefly tempted this week to seek out a bunch of posts on the very subjects that I advised you not to blog about yesterday. However, that would have been petulant, and in any case our SCBWI bloggers seem to be busy following my advice and posting about much more interesting stuff!

The Power of Poo is either the title of an inspiring self-help book for toddlers or the theme of a blog post by Cathy Bee. Maybe both? In any case, Cathy's post summarising the recent SCBWI picture book workshop with Jude Evans of Little Tiger Press is worth a read. Interesting to see an editor advising authors to chase trends, rather than run from them!

Sam Zuppardi's illustrated blog posts are always small but perfectly formed, to the extent that I sometimes overlook them in favour of more expansive material. So here's a link to Sam's latest post, a delightfully medieval twist on "This Girl Can."

YA authors should take a look at David Thorpe's post for Awfully Big Blog Adventure, which has a feast of statistics about the readers of teenage fiction, provided by the datawizards at Nielsen Books.

From Young Adult to Middle Grade now, and Candy Gourlay posts an excellent demystification of the latter term at Our Book Reviews, expertly analysing the needs of "The Reader in the Middle."

Finally, why is it that Candy Gourlay's blog posts often seem to come in twos? I may have to impose a quota system in future, but for now I'll direct you to Candy's interview with SCBWI author Sarah Mussi at Notes from the Slushpile. Sarah is ending her blog tour with a post all about endings, which seems like an equally fitting ending to this week's Blog Break.


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. His children's short story The Drowners can be found in issue 9 of Stew Magazine.

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