Sunday 25 December 2011

Happy Christmas from All of Us On the Slushpile!

... and that was our countdown to Christmas! Thank you to all the editors, agents, authors and other lovely denizens of the children's book world who agreed to contribute. We slushpilers offer you our final, happy wishes ...

Addy Farmer: Have the most wonderful time with your family and friends at Christmas and when you return to your writing may you fall in love with all your stories and find passion in the telling.

Candy Gourlay: If your holiday is clouded by a little rejection, strip back your expectations, forget the market, forget the editors, forget the slushpile and remember that you are someone who is lucky enough to find joy in words.

Celebrate that.


Maureen Lynas: Give yourself a break! Take time to recognise how much you have achieved, how much you have learnt, celebrate your achievements, whatever they are.

Teri Terry: here's hoping for the best holiday season - and an amazing 2012.
And remember: if the Muse has abandoned you, as can happen now and then... get some chocolate! That'll tempt 'em out.

Jo Wyton: Be determined that THIS will be your year - if you don't go for it, it won't be. Remember to look back every now and then and see how far you've come - even if you still feel like you're buried at the bottom of the slushpile. And enjoy - above all, enjoy!

Holiday Greetings from the Slushpile!


  1. Merry Christmas all and thanks for a month's worth of fantastic posts!

  2. You're welcome! And all the good cheer of the holidays to everyone!

  3. Teri's bad advice is working for me today!

  4. Many thanks for the advent posts - great stuff slushies and let's hope for a wonderful 2012!

  5. Thank you all so much for organising a month of insider knowledge, advise, hopes, support and laughs. It has been truely wondeful.

    Wisjing you all the best Chistmas ever with plenty of chocolate (for Teri)

  6. Happy Christmas everyone, and a big thank for such fabulous posts to read everyday!

  7. Great series, thank you! All the best for 2012!

  8. superb advice from you all - (and I'm lucky enough to find joy in pictures too :O)
    Many, many thanks for a festive supportive month.

    Happy New year to you all!


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