Technology can be a very good thing. This weekend, thanks to the magic of Zoom, I’ll be “with” the members of Redwood Writers, the largest branch of the California Writers Club. I will be presenting an hour-long webinar called “You’ve Written a Book, What’s Next?” It’s beginners as well as advanced writers — published and […]
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.
SCBWI (the Society of Children’s Book Authors & Illustrators) is going virtual with its annual summer conference — they’re calling it the Summer Spectacular and it is indeed spectacular! 10 keynotes with children lit luminaries, an agents panel, & an editors panel, plus nightly live twitter chat socials, an online member book sale, a meme […]
Being a writer isn’t just knowing how to wield words or weave tales. Writers are also business people. People forget that… even writers themselves, sometimes. Among the tasks of running your own business is generating, paying for, and maintaining promotional materials, both digital and print. After all, we’ve got websites, postcards, bookmarks, social media accounts, […]
It was like that moment when the Wizard of Oz’s gigantic green face appears in front of Dorothy. Only it was my gigantic face. And there were two of them, on either side of me. And in front of me wasn’t quaking Dorothy, but 1200 children’s book writers and illustrators poised to hear what I […]
When I met Nutschell Anne Windsor at SCBWI-National Conference 2011, I instantly knew why this writer and blogger also teaches writing to others—she’s an incredibly upbeat person with a passion for writing. This week I get to bask in her enthusiasm as the feature of her blog’s Spotlight Week–or as she’s renamed it for the […]
People often ask writers where they get the ideas for their stories. For me, the simple answer is “From real life.” Both of my published YA novels and the novel I’m currently working on are fictional amalgams of many events in my life, people I’ve met, and news items I’ve read or watched. As things […]