BLOG BREAK Blooks, Beasts and Blog Tours

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

A few years ago, someone coined the term "blook" to describe a blog that had been turned into a book. It never really caught on as a word, but I'm pleased that Matt Killeen has given me a reason to resurrect it. Matt's blook The Women Who Made Me A Feminist collects the articles that Matt wrote on his blog tour to promote his debut novel Orphan Monster Spy. Both heartfelt and timely, it's well worth dipping into - download free for Kindle or read online instead.

Still on the subject of feminism, check out this great post from Catherine Friess. Written to celebrate International Women's Day, it reviews a whole host of kids' books that put inspiring women front and centre.

In the midst of all the pesky snow that afflicted us a couple of weeks ago, Justin Davies got thinking about weather and its place in stories. His playful blog post takes on floods, tornadoes and that tabloid nightmare "The Beast from the East."

Natascha Biebow doesn't want to market her debut picture book - she wants to hide under a rock. But, as her post for Picture Book Den says, she can't do that forever and needs a 10-step marketing plan instead!

It's always great to see one SCBWI-BI member helping another. In this case, it's Peter Bunzl contributing a fun list of his favourite children's steampunk novels for George Kirk's school librarian alter ego.

Finally, here's a blog post written by a former SCBWI member (come back!) which, nonetheless, I thought was important to highlight. Writing for An Awfully Big Blog Adventure, Dawn Finch brilliantly dissects the thorny issue of authors' earnings (or lack of them).


*Feature image: Blog Break logo by Melany Pietersen

Nick Cross is Words & Pictures' Blog Network Editor. An Undiscovered Voices winner, he both writes and illustrates for children, and was honours winner of the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for fiction.

Nick also blogs for Notes from the Slushpile. His most recent blog post finds him Drawing While Terrified.

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