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CWIG 2005
9/18/2005 11:50:35 PM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

CWIG - the children's writers and artists, group of the Society of Authors, held its three yearly conference at Oxford 16th - 18th September. There was good news and bad news and lots of inspiration. The food, accommodation and ambiance were terrific.
This took place at the weekend and was, as one would guess very inspiring. It was held at St Catherine's College - St Catz - Oxford. Oxford is a very inspiring town. One of the highlights was the tour of the Bodleian library. We went into the bowels of the place, where mole-like young people - students supplementing their loans? worked enthusiastically. We named it the book cemetery. This is a legal deposit library, where our books go to die. But at least they're there.
There was the usual doom and gloom. It is harder and harder for children's writers - especially new ones - to get published. Even when we are published, we do not necessarily get into the books shops. Then we may not sell all that well. Advances are poor. Should there be a minimum wage for writers? Then the shock news. HMV/Waterstones may be taking over Ottakers. We need a chain of children's bookshops, if we must have chains. Whom could we approach? Sir Paul McCartney? Sir Richard Branson?
On the other hand, it became increasingly clear to me over the weekend that I must concentrate on my writing. I msut see it as my main business, and I must get more out there. Perhaps this little post will help.


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