Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Once Upon A Time...: KidLit Agents

Hi, picture book writers! Here's hand list of agents I found on Shari Schwarz's website. If you like the list please hit follow on her page or leave a comment.



Once Upon A Time...: KidLit Agents: Below is a list of 130+ agents that accept Picture Books (most accept PB-YA). Please, let me know in the comments section if I've miss...

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Book Apps

Are you an unpublished children's writer who wants to learn more about the process? Would you like to learn about other opportunities available to writers of children's literature? I just read a fabulous article that may appeal to you now or in the future.



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Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Allophone Writer

Since we are all struggling through NaMoRiMo, PiBoIdMo or one of several other writing challenges this month, I thought you might enjoy this article.

The Allophone Writer

Friday, September 18, 2015

Celebrate Science: Behind the Books: Voice vs. Tone

Celebrate Science: Behind the Books: Voice vs. Tone: I don’t usually get many comments on my blog posts, but people do often Tweet and email me with related questions. Since writing a series of...

Friday, September 11, 2015

Megan Grimit : CP Matchmaker

Megan Grimit : CP Matchmaker: CP Matchmaker is my way of trying to spread the love. I myself have been extremely lucky in landing the most amazing critique group...

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Workshops: Spring Boards too Success


A minute of reflection. I'm feeling sad that Kidlit Summer School has ended, but I'm happy to be one of the Nerdy Chicks! Kidlit Summer School founded by Sudipta Bardhan Quallen & Kami Kinard was a huge success!
The school year was a rush; full of new posts, new guidelines, tips and suggestions. I read, took notes and answered pop quizzes which helped enforce the previous weeks writing instructions. I copied and pasted the information that I thought was more important to my writing--and that turned out to be most of the posts.
 
Now I wish to extend a very heartfelt, thanks to all of those who posted in this year's Kidlit Summer School, they created a summer of grand events! And thanks to all the hard workers who built Kidlit Summer School, it is sure to grow in the coming years.

The school year was a huge success. I enjoyed every minute of it. And I'm looking forward to more of the same.

Now, I'm off to revise all my manuscripts using all my notes as spring boards to success!

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Only One More Week!

Only one week left of Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen's Kidlit Summer School. Sudipta is the author of Duck, Duck, Moose! She a prolific author and a great teacher. So come on, jump into summer school and become a Nerdy Chick! There are great giveaways line up for attending, an art contest, plus, loads of terrific posts filled with inspiration and awesome writing techniques.

I can't express what a great resource this event is for new and upcoming authors. I've taken several online writing webinars and all of them have been Godsends that improved my writing--Kidlit Summer School is just as amazing!

I've gained a ton of knowledge from just the first two weeks, and now I can't wait to see what new writing secrets week three and four will unveil.

I hope you will join us for Kidlit Summer School at http://nerdychicksrule.com/2015/06/19/kidlit-summer-school-2015-open-for-registration/. You'll be so glad you did!



Thursday, June 18, 2015

Spreading The Good News!


    
                                             

 I'm bumping this up, it is just too good not to share at least one last time!

1. Join Kristen Fulton at http://www.kristenfulton.org/nonficpic.html for a fabulous week of writing this month. And then, for a week- long Wow Retreat coming up in July! It doesn't get better than this. Not if you understand that networking is the life's blood of getting published. Signed-up for one of these. Wishing I could take both!


2. Then RUN, don't walk to Mira Reisberg's online Finding Your Voice webinar this month at bit.ly/1KUiBTV It's going to be an eye-opener. And it's FREEE!!! I already signed for this!

3. Last, but not least, pull up your sleeves for Jodell Sadler's Kidlit College webinars and workshops at http://www.sadlercreativeliterary.com/kidlit-college.html Woohoo! Tighten your words and pace, pace, pace your way to a tighter, lighter, exceptionally brighter picture book! She is offering several of these in the next few months! AND, on July 25, she will host a Word Work-Out webinar on Powering Up Your Pacing for, get this, ONE DOLLAR!!! What could be better than that???


And, oh yes, I'm taking this too!

I hope you will join me and other writers for one or all of these excellent writing events. You'll learn a lot about the business of writing, and your stories are sure to POP!!!

See you there!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

STORYBOOK INK: Hot Tea & Sweet Inspiration

STORYBOOK INK: Hot Tea & Sweet Inspiration: Holy cup of tea, this has been a lucky week! A double whammy of good news! An honorable mention, and a request for my nonfiction PB, all ...

Hot Tea & Sweet Inspiration



Holy cup of tea, this has been a lucky week! A double whammy of good news! An honorable mention, and a request for my nonfiction PB, all in one week! I'm gushing, sorry. (Exclamations gone wild.)

But you know, with tons of rejections and revisions, a little goodnews is so welcome. It awakens the creativity and keeps us writing. I'm sure everyone agrees with me.

I love the inspiration and the burst of new ideas, but goodnews isn't just the result of constant critiques and revisions.

It is all the little things that work together like paying attention to small details; instructions, correct agents name, the agents likes and dislikes, character voice, setting, pacing are only a few of the (all so important) details.

Okay, back to me.

First I was surprised, no, overwhelmed with an honorable meantion from the RateYourStory contest for Race a Flaming Arrow. They are such great people over there. I've used their critique service many times and never been disappointed. More about my nonfiction picture book at the bottom of this page.

Then, when I checked my Twitter account, an awesome editor had favorited my PB pitch on #PitMad! It wasn't just a coincidence, the truth is, after many, MANY hours of studying, my little PB is finally beginning to shine!

And yes, it's true, I'm a very proud Mama! Shut. My. Mouth.

Back to the book.

The road to getting this far has been a long knarly one with hours of help from critique partners along the way, and I can't forget several online workshops and webinars.

Kristen Fulton's WOW NonficPic.

Mira Streisberg's Character Driven Picture Books.

Jodell Sadler's Pacing To WOW webinars were all extremely helpful in strenghening my manuscript.

(And at the moment, all three of these incredible ladies have workshops and conferences going on that are awesome.)


1. Join Kristen Fulton at http://www.kristenfulton.org/nonficpic.html for a fabulous week of writing this month. And then, for a week- long Wow Retreat coming up in July! It doesn't get better than this. Not if you understand that networking is the life's blood of getting published. Signed-up for one of these. Wishing I could take both!


2. Then RUN, don't walk to Mira Reisberg's online Finding Your Voice webinar this month at bit.ly/1KUiBTV It's going to be an eye-opener. And it's FREEE!!! I already signed for this!

3. Last, but not least, pull up your sleeves for Jodell Sadler's Kidlit College webinars and workshops at http://www.sadlercreativeliterary.com/kidlit-college.html Woohoo! Tighten your words and pace, pace, pace your way to a tighter, lighter, exceptionally brighter picture book! She is offering several of these in the next few months! AND, on July 25, she will host a Word Work-Out webinar on Powering Up Your Pacing for, get this, ONE DOLLAR!!! What could be better than that???


And, oh yes, I'm taking this too!

I hope you will join me and other writers for one or all of these excellent writing events. You'll learn a lot about the business of writing, and your stories are sure to POP!!!

See you there!

 

Excerpt: Race a Flaming Arrow--Nothing stopped Liz from outrunning every boy at the settlement, and no one would stop her from fighting in the American Revolution!

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

A Writer's Handy Element List

 

Work-Sheet 

 
Sound Structure: Here is a short list of essential elements necessary to write for most genres. Make sure you have included all of these elements before you draft your story.

And remember, a quick outline will save you a lot of rewriting later.  
  1. Three Act Plot With Story Arc & Conflict 
  1. A Unique Character with Character Arc  
  1. Three Tries & Three Fails 
  1. An Interesting, Unusual Setting that Mirrors Conflict 
  1. Pacing, Repetition, Rhyme, Reader Anticipation
  1. Universal Theme? What Emotion Does it Stir in the Reader?
  1. Satisfying Ending that Answers the Story Question
  1. Now Go Back & Rewrite the Story Using Colorful Vibrant Words 
  1. Rework the Beginning Sentence to Pull the Reader in 
  1. Read Your Story Out-loud and Pass it Around Your Critique Buddies  
  1. Another Rewrite  
  1. One Last Read Through for Typos 
  1. Ready, Set, Submit 
 
 
Look for more details on future posts.

 
 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

REHASHING THE PAST


OLD STORY--NEW RETELLING

 

It’s been said that every story has already been told, right? So why even try? You ask. Listen, don’t throw away your pen and pencil yet. The saying may be correct, but there is still a way to tell your version of the same story.

You have a different history than other authors. You grew up in a different country, a different neighborhood, and your life experiences were not the same as the original author. The way you form your outline, lay out your storyboard or the wording of your story will be totally different. Yours will be an original masterpiece that only you are capable of producing!

There are many ways of telling the same story, so don’t let the opportunity to share a past experience pass you by. Tell your story your way with your individual feelings and thoughts. Don’t hesitate to write a fresh version of an old story. Change the plotline, the setting and the characters or create a different viewpoint, but do let the world see your view of the same story!

Go ahead and get started.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

STRIKING GOLD!







STRIKING GOLD

As writers, we are constantly looking for the next great story; an amazing character, a perfect setting--a golden nugget!

Sometimes we get so stressed in our search for something new and different, we forget the amazing world around us; our home, family and neighbors.

Our familiar surroundings are great sources of inspiration, especially if there are children or animals to watch and enjoy. Everyday happenings, which seem humdrum to us, could spark enough attention to become the next best seller. Children love to read about other children. They love reading about kids who have the same problems and adventures that they face every day. Children enjoy stories about wild animals, domestic animals and animal friends.

The next time you search for a new topic to write about, look no farther than your own back yard or front yard:) If you watch and listen closely, everyday happenings provide a treasure trove of story ideas. With so many golden nuggets lying around, you just might strike it rich!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Three Day Mini Wow

                                   
Today is day one of Kristen Fulton's Mini Wow. It's only three days long. Create three stories each day and enter your titles or ideas on her website raffle-copter for super special prizes
. I'm running late with my new stories, but I always wait until the last minute, I love the challenge! If you are a writer and would like to create at least nine new picture books this weekend, it isn't too late to join the fun! Just go to www.kristenfulton.org/




I just posted my three.

Happy Writing!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Thirteen Ways to Make Your Revisions Shine!






Hi writing friends!
We all know that a huge part of writing is rewriting. I love doing revisions, and that's why I joined  Meg Miller in her awesome revision challenge ReviMo which is going on this week. Since I didn't want to get started on the wrong foot or take my story in the wrong direction, I put together a revision roadmap. This is a list of things to think about before you even start your story to make sure it has all the necessary elements for success in the beginning so you or your story can't fail. These thirteen DOES will bring you lots of good-luck!


  1. TOPIC: Do your research to make sure you have a popular topic.
  2. WORDS: Gather words that should be included beforehand. Words pertaining to your subject matter.
  3. WANT: Show us what the character wants/desires. This will cause conflict.
  4. LAYERS: Your story needs an extra layer of math, science, etc., to beef up the content. 
  5. VOICE: This comes into play when you put yourself into your story.
  6. TONE: If your story is about a sad puppy, use words that add to the atmosphere of the story and make the reader feel his sadness.
  7. SETTING: Ground us in the setting.
  8. STORY ARC: Does your story move forward and end at the right moment?
  9. EMOTION: Get us involved. Let us feel the main character's ups and downs.
  10. CHARACTER ARC: Does the MC change by the end of your story?
  11. RULE OF THREE: Three tries & three fails. Also use this rule in lists and descriptions, etc.
  12. WORD PLAY: Be sure to include alliteration, rhyme, rule of three and other fun devices in your story to make it shine! Jodell Sadler's class Pacing to WoW is an awesome resource to study and find the right tools to make this work.
  13. ROUNDED ENDING: Your ending is just as important as your beginning. Does your ending come full circle, have a surprise, end with a twist?


  • Be sure to SHOW and not tell.
  • CUT: illustration descriptions, weak verbs & unnecessary tags


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CONSIDER ADDYING A GOOD VALUES AS AN EXTRA LAYER:

Loyalty, friendship, sharing, loudness, I want that, give me, waiting, tattling, curiousity, good/bad, responsibility, chores/helping out,

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Good luck with all your revisions!