2011 SCBWI British Isles conference – notes and quotes

With a full year between posts, I can’t imagine I have many followers. For those of you who have found your way to my blog, I hope you enjoy the post–at least enough to check back again in a year’s time.

Nick Cross receives the credit for this year’s posting. He suggested coordinated blogging on the title, ‘You know you’ve been SCBWI’d when…’

You Know You’ve Been SCBWI’d when…

You’re far happier hearing the things that are wrong with your manuscript than the things that are right.

Your family reconcile themselves to yet another holiday in Winchester.

You argue with your six year old over who the first edition, signed books should be autographed to: her or you.

You buy shares in P&G Wells, because you’ve already invested hundreds in their book stock anyway.

You believe that Christmas comes in November and that Natascha Biebow and the conference organizers are really Santa and his elves in disguise.

And a few memorable quotes from the 2011 SCBWI British Isles conference:

“Listen out for the story that is stalking you.”
Natascha Biebow, SCBWI British Isles regional advisor

“Take something that you’ve loved and pass it forward.”
Frank Cottrell Boyce, author

“Desperation is brilliant because it makes you do things.”
Karin Littlewood, author-illustrator

“Stick with what you love and you will find a place for it.”
Emma Layfield, Hodder Children’s Books

“Writers aren’t just for Christmas.”
Chris Riddell, author-illustrator

The other coordinated blog posts can be found at:

Nick Cross

Julie Fulton

Vanessa Harbour

Mark Jones

Jeannette Towey

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7 Responses to 2011 SCBWI British Isles conference – notes and quotes

  1. mona says:

    Thanks Rebecca-
    Love this post. Sounds like Santa came early for you!

  2. I’m compiling all the links on my Notes from the Slushpile … thanks – the quotes are GREAT! what an inspiration!

  3. lerryn korda says:

    Lovely quotes! Thank you

  4. Addy Farmer says:

    Lovely, Rebecca! I really enjoyed the quotes!

  5. Addy Farmer says:

    it was worth the year’s wait

  6. Great post Rebecca, it made me smile.

  7. Rebecca Colby says:

    Sadly, none of the quotes are mine, but I’m glad you enjoyed reading them. It was another super conference with top speakers!

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