Everyone else and his dog has been going away and now it is my turn. Things will be pretty quiet on here for the next three weeks and I won't be sending out any book orders during that time.
If you need to get in touch I can still pick up emails though.
You must all know what a HUGE fan of The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - British Isles (SCBWI - BI) I am.
I've been an active member for over three years and started volunteering at their amazing conference last year.
It is absolutely brilliant and if you're a writer or illustrator of children's books at whatever stage of your journey you will LOVE this conference.
To find out more and to book please click here: Click Here For A Wonderful Adventure
I gained so much from the weekend and feel privileged to be part of such an inspiring event. We were given the opportunity to network with all of the Industry professionals, from publishers, to agents, booksellers to contracts experts. We had practical advice on writing and what happens during the publishing process.
The best thing, for me, was to be able to talk to so many different writers coming from such a wide range of backgrounds, all with amazing stories to tell. It makes me excited to think about the future of children's books and what might be next. I'm making sure I'm a part of it!
If you're interested in the workshop for yourself, or a friend, Sarah has set up a blog that you can sign up to for more information: www.writersworkshop.blog. She also made a film of the event which will hopefully be on the blog soon for you all to watch.
There is always so much to get involved in - try not to miss out.
At the moment I am reading two books that are very different to one another.
The first is to help me with a new piece of work and is called, The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis. I'm not very far in but I already know it is going to be a big story as it is about a young girl trying to survive in Afghanistan under Taliban rule - gulp.
The other is much more lighthearted: My Brother Is A Superhero by David Solomons. Silly book and lots of fun.
I am at the Linton Children's Book Festival TODAY between 12-3pm
Come and find me in the Drop In Zone where I will be:
Running a raffle ticket competition
Playing the Writing Game
Chatting and answering questions
Signing and selling books
To find out more about the Festival including how to get there click on this link:
Information about Linton Book Festival
Remember is all completely FREE!
Hope to see you there.
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