BLOG BREAK Saying Yes to Summer Reading

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

Marie Basting is racing out of the start gate on a blog tour to support her debut novel Princess BMX. Check out her two-part blog Why Writers Need to be More BMX, which provides advice on resilience, BMX style! Read part one (scroll down after the review), and part two at Emma Perry's My Book Corner.

Kelly McCaughrain brings us a short but incredibly useful post about defining your main character's arc, via a Quick Character Quiz

As many of you will know, I've been banging the drum for more illustrated books aimed at older readers. So I was delighted (and super jealous) about what happened to Kathryn Evans, when her YA novel Beauty Sleep was personally illustrated by the amazing Chris Riddell. Yes, that's right - she has the only illustrated copy in existence! Check out her blog post to see the incredible drawings Chris added.

Rashmi Sirdeshpande has just finished a whirlwind year as a writer Saying Yes to Everything. But as her career progresses, do her priorities need to change?

I think it's fair to say that most writers enjoy winning awards. But I was especially touched by Liz Flanagan's blog post about the pleasing circularity of her winning the Calderdale Book of the Year prize.

Finally, a couple of our bloggers are looking back to the books of their youth (or before). Addy Farmer offers up a lovely view of her summer holiday reading from days gone by, while Claire Watts takes an interesting look at why the supposedly outdated storytelling style of Dorothy Edwards’ My Naughty Little Sister books still resonates.


*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 holds some very Good News.

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