BLOG BREAK Irony, Insomnia and Independence

Nick Cross presents his fortnightly selection of must-read blogs.

My pick for most useful blog of the week is Juliet Clare Bell's excellent post for Picture Book Den on book trailers. Using several real-life examples, she deconstructs what makes a good trailer and discusses whether your book needs one.

Nick Cook has been vlogging like crazy over the last few months, on his Voice from the Clouds channel. For the fifth instalment, he's put together a massive 70 minute interview with Nail Your Novel writer Roz Morris, who talks about all things indie publishing.

Sometimes (actually a lot of the time if your schedule is anything like mine) life gets in the way of writing. So, how can we prioritise effectively? Sally Poyton discusses her attempts to cope with all the things she should be doing.

November wouldn't be November without a post about NaNoWriMo. But Sarah Broadley isn't just doing the same old, same old this month - she's setting her own targets.

Insomnia - good or bad? The answer seems obvious, but Teri Terry is keeping herself awake at night thinking about it. Oh, the irony! Read Teri's post for Notes from the Slushpile and see what you think.

Time for a bit more irony - we've already seen Sally Poyton writing a blog post about why she hasn't blogged for ages, but now she's getting two mentions in the same Blog Break! Sally's second post is in her Space on the Bookshelf guise, interviewing David Stevens, the founder of innovative and inclusive new publisher Knights Of.


*Feature image: Blog Break logo by Melany Pietersen

Nick Cross is Words & Pictures' Blog Network Editor. He is an Undiscovered Voices winner and 2015 honours recipient of the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for fiction.

Nick also blogs for Notes from the Slushpile. His most recent blog post finds him Doing the Time Warp.

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