The EIBF in Charlotte Square
The EIBF in Charlotte Square

I expect most people are aware of the Edinburgh International Book Festival which takes place in Scotland's capital city every August. For me the book fest is one the highlights of the year, and the end of July always brings with it that delicious tingle of anticipation at the literary excitement to come. This year I have even more reason to be excited because I've been asked to be part of a very special event on August 20th: the Edinburgh International Book Festival SCBWI panel - How To Survive Being Published. Yes I know - I'm one of the panelists, can you believe it? I'm not sure I can!


Organised by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and sponsored by the EIBF, the panel consists of literary agent Amber Caraveo of Skylark Literary and authors Elizabeth Wein, Jane Yolen, and Nicola Morgan and (eek!) me. Following on from 2014's inaugral SCBWI panel at the festival, the subject of this year's discussion is how to survive being published.

One of the delightful EIBF deck chairs
One of the delightful EIBF deck chairs


This informal question-and-answer session will examine the challenges of publicity, how to protect writing time, plus any other bumps along the way that a debut author may encounter - or veteran authors may face as the publishing industry and the expectations of self-marketing continue to change. Add questions from the floor into the mix and into promises to be a very interesting evening.


The event takes place in Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, on August 20th at 7.30 - 8.30 pm. For more details please click here. To anyone who is planning on going I look forward to seeing you there. 

Comments: 4 (Discussion closed)
  • #1

    Yvonne V (Friday, 31 July 2015 21:27)

    Sounds like a great panel, Christina! Can't wait to hear how it goes.

  • #2

    Bobbi Miller (Saturday, 01 August 2015 13:22)

    This sounds like it's going to be a tremendous event! Can't wait to hear how it goes!

  • #3

    Marcia Strykowski (Monday, 03 August 2015 22:37)

    What an awesome event and how wonderful that you're participating--enjoy!

  • #4

    Bobi (Tuesday, 04 August 2015 04:40)

    I'm planning a trip to England next summer and hope to work in a trip up to Scotland. Wish that could be in late August so I could attend this conference! But alas and alak, our schools start the first Monday of August each year. Think I could convince the principal that the kids don't really need the library that week?

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