BLOG BREAK Perks, Pay and Pyjamas

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

Recently, a whole bunch of SCBWI folk gathered in Cambridge for the second Meet Your Local Author Event. Camilla Chester tells us what made the day such a success.

My first thought on reading Jennifer Moore's latest post was: "Why is she blogging about her holiday?" But, just as I was about to click away, she pulled a massive good news twist out of the bag! Well played, Madam.

So much in Tamsin Cooke's blog post on receiving feedback rang true for me, and I'm sure you'll recognise these emotions too!

Are there any perks to being an author? Apart from getting to daydream all day and read articles like this in your pyjamas, I mean. Chitra Soundar has canvased the opinions of her peers and come to some unexpected conclusions.

Still on the subject of pay and benefits, here's a really eye-opening post from Ellie Rose McKee. As a freelance author for the last 6 years, Ellie has opened up her account books to discuss exactly how much she's earned over that period.

Do you struggle to differentiate yourself and your writing from the herd? Time for Clare Helen Welsh to step in, with a great post about how to harvest picture book ideas from real experiences.


*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 asks Are You Burning Out?.

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