If I’m not listening to audiobooks, I’m listening to podcasts. The How Writers Write podcast is a fabulous one, and I was honored to be interviewed on it. We talked YA fiction, establishing productive writing routines, and getting yourself unstuck when writers block strikes. What fun to dig into the at-your-desk (or not!) details of […]
I’m honored to be contributing to the #WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign by offering a picture book edit and phone call with me in their Holiday Auction. Visit https://bit.ly/3HZPItU to bid on this and check out all the other offerings. The Holiday Auction ends 10pm Eastern 12/6/21.
I’m excited to announce that I’ll be presenting a technique-focused, hour-long Webinar designed to make YA/MG writers stronger self-editors and novelists on Nov 14, 2019. THE ULTIMATE CHECKLIST FOR SUBMITTING YOUR MG/YA TO EDITORS: 10 Tests Your Manuscript Must Pass to Prove It’s Ready to Submit. It all started with a question that I get […]
I’m pleased to be on the faculty of SCBWI-Southern California’s “2019 Spring Writer’s Retreat” for Middle Grade & Young Adult fiction at Tahquitz Pines in Idyllwild on April 12 – 14, 2019. I’m really looking forward to getting away, both as an editor (my role during the day for the writers I’ve been brought in for) […]
I’m pleased to be presenting two sessions at the Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators‘ Annual Summer Conference in L.A. August 3-6, 2018: “Up-to-the-Minute Market Report: Industry Updates, Submissions, and New Imprints” “Subplots & Subtext: How to Deepen and Energize Your MG/YA Fiction” I’ll also critique manuscripts one-on-one, which is something I particularly enjoy doing. Conference registration opens April 17th @10am PT. […]
I’ve had a lot of plates spinning in the last few months, but they’ve been fun plates to spin. A big one was prepping for and attending SCBWI-Southern Breeze’s 2018 writing-and-illustrating for kids (WIK) conference at the beginning of March. I presented sessions on non-rhyming picture books, revising young-adult and middle-grade novels for submission, and the state of the […]
I’m so pleased to be joining the faculty of SCBWI’s 2016 Summer Conference in Los Angeles July 29-31 (there’s an optional craft intensive a on Aug 1). I love this conference and am honored to be a part of it this year. I’ll be presenting “An Up-to-the-Minute Market Report” on the main stage on Sunday, the 1-hour breakout […]
I love to celebrate milestones and good news by paying it forward. This week I’m celebrating WRITING NEW ADULT FICTION winning a San Diego Book Award by giving away a FREE FULL MANUSCRIPT EDIT away on my writer’s advice website DearEditor.com. If you’re a writer or know a writer who might want an edit, click […]
As part of Barnes & Noble’s Discovery Friday event this Friday, November 22, at 6pm I’ll be part of a lively panel about books for young people with Shannon Messenger, author of the middle grade series Keeper of the Lost Cities and the teen trilogy Let the Sky Fall, and Debra Driza, author of the […]
I’m honored to announce that I’ll be giving the “Market Report: An Up-to-the-Minute State of the Industry” keynote at the SCBWI 42nd Summer Conference in Los Angeles Aug 2 – 5. In fact, it’ll be a busy conference for me, as I’m also teaching the intensive “How to Build Your Own Teenager: Techniques for Writing […]
As the San Diego weather vacillates between hot-enough-for-the-beach and dark-and-stormy, I’m putting my summer together. Workwise, it’ll be a fun one, with the SCBWI 2012 Summer Conference in L.A. Aug 3-6. I’ll present a breakout session on writing dialogue, an intensive on revising your MG/YA novel, an intensive on creating youthful narrative sensibility, and the […]
Writing for teens? Free this Saturday? Then come to Newport Beach! I’ll be there presenting “Writing for Teens? Then Think Like One” at the Southern California Writers’ Conference – LA this Saturday, Sept 24, 2011. Here’s the session description: Whether your narrator is your young main character or an all-knowing omniscient being, there are ways […]
Dear-Editor.com has just had its six-month birthday. Woo-hoo! I’m having so much fun with the site. To celebrate this milestone (and to satisfy popular request), I’m giving away a free edit of one picture book manuscript. Deadline: October 10, 2010. For the rules and to enter, go to the announcement on Dear-Editor.com. Happy writing!
9/11 is an ominous date, but this year I’ll be doing my part to cast a little sunshine on those numbers: I’ll be presenting “How Do You Know Your Manuscript Is Ready for Submission?” at the season-opening meeting of the San Diego chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators’ (SCBWI). Check it […]