BLOG BREAK Thinking small and getting crafty

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

It's so easy to get hung up on the big achievements of publishing - getting an agent, getting published, winning awards - that it's easy to forget about the smaller victories. Join Sally Poyton as she celebrates the small achievements that keep us sane.

In the big achievement column though, Northern Irish author Kelly McCaughrain pulled off an amazing hat-trick recently at the Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Award, winning three prizes! So she's definitely entitled to a victory lap, which she does in style with an exuberant blog post.

If you don't have an agent or publisher, is it worth paying for professional editorial input on your work? Picture book writer Meredith Vigh says yes, and she sets out her reasons in this blog post.

Lucy Rowland's latest post for Picture Book Den is a fun gallery of the art that primary school children have made, all based on their favourite picture books.

And staying with craft activities, how many can you fit into one book tour? Clare Helen Welsh is doing her best to find out, as she takes her picture books on the road for Empathy Week.


*Feature image: Blog Break logo by Nick Cross

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 post is Further Adventures in Illustration.

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