This is my first post of the 2017 AtoZ Blogging Challenge. My theme this year is "For Writers and Readers" and today's word is "Animal." For Writers, I'll be sharing my ideas about when it's OK to have anthropomorphic animals in your story, and tips on how to do that effectively. For Readers, I'll talk about nonfiction animals, and why you might sometimes find them in the picture book (fiction) section.
*Clink *Clink* Is this thing on?
Oh! Sorry about that. Guess it's on.
Ahem! This is your Big Goals Blog Hop Cohost speaking with an important message:
It's here! It's here! Susanna Leonard Hill is hosting her annual holiday contest. And of course I'm entering.
Well, lovely readers, once again I've failed to rise above the other 145 entries in Susanna's Halloweensie Contest with my "Witch Vs. Superhero" entry.
No pity parties though...
The Children's Book Academy is hosting a free webinar September 14th 5:30pm PDT /8:30pm Eastern "Ten Things Every Picture Book Writer or Illustrator Should Know"
To Sign up: http://bit.ly/1POJs68
Most of you know how informative and fun Mira's webinars are, this one promises to be no exception! Aside from learning great tips, you'll learn more about the upcoming course "The Craft and Business of Illustrating Picture Books".
Can't wait for the webinar? Check out my post on how fun Mira's courses are and why illustrators will find her class more than worth the price.
Also test your illustrator knowledge with this fun quiz.
This was my entry in the Nerdy Chick Drawing contest during Kidlit Summer School. It didn't win any prizes, but it taught me that I truly do think in words. And that words can create a real character. Which brings me to the whole reason I'm showing off my Nerdy Chick...
Save the Date!!! September 10th is the next #PitMad twitter pitch party. All Details are on Brenda's blog,
Whether you actually pitch or not, it's a good idea to try to get your pitch down to 140 characters. That's the essence of your story.
A pitch needs to do a lot. It needs to hook, lure, and promise. It needs to make the person reading that pitch want to read more. There are many blogs and books on creating the perfect pitch, but the best test is having someone read it that hasn't read your story. Do they want to read more? Yes? You're ready to pitch.
I am sooo excited for Michelle Hauck's picture book party coming up. It's a contest where you vie for a chance to get your work in the hands of an agent or editor looking for picture books.
All the details are on this website: http://www.michelle4laughs.com/2015/09/september-picture-book-party.html
Mark your calendars for September 14th. I am!
Here I was on JEN’s Blog, just reading through posts, when a spaceship crashed right into it!
Now, JEN has written about plenty of aliens, but I’ve never seen one like that. Clearly, he had landed in the wrong blog.
Many of you know that I've been taking a fabulous course at the Children's Book Academy. It's all about picture books, and I'm still absorbing the awesome lessons.
One thing I've learned this summer is that I think in WORDS. Whether I'm walking down the street or standing in the shower (come on, you know your muse hangs out in the shower), I'm often finding myself crafting characters and stories with words. So when I heard about Mira's newest course, I knew it wasn't for me.
For my illustrator friends (and those who want to be) this is for you! I can safely say that of all Mira's classes, this is one of the closest to her heart. As a former art director and illustrator herself, Mira is well qualified to answer guide you on your art journey to being an accomplished illustrator. Click on the picture to sign up.
(Guest Post by Krystal Owens)
Are you a writer with a passion for history? Looking for advice on how to bring history to life? Join Nancy Herman, author of “All We Left Behind: Virginia Reed and the Donner Party,” for her presentation “Historical Fiction: Fact versus Truth” at 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 12, at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane.
Placerville resident Nancy Herman is a third-generation Californian who is fascinated with her state’s colorful history, including the westward migration of the 1800s. She grew up in the coastal town of Watsonville and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from San Jose State University. After her 25-year career as a Silicon Valley marketing communications professional, Nancy began researching and writing her first historical novel “All We Left Behind: Virginia Reed and the Donner Party.” The novel has received top reviews from Kirkus Reviews and San Francisco Book Review and is a popular purchase in bookstores, museums, and visitor centers along the California and Oregon Trails, stretching from Missouri to California.
Ms. Herman is one of a series of guest speakers addressing the library’s writing group, The Writers’ Bloc, which meets the first Saturday of the month. For more information on this free public event, contact the Library at (530) 621-5540 or visit the Upcoming Events calendar on the library’s website www.eldoradolibrary.org.
You may know that I’m taking an online course called “Writing for Love and Money” at The Children's Book Academy.
Wow, talk about a wealth of info! Lists of publishers that took years to compile and update. Assignments and Homework, Blog lectures and videos that show step by step, and help get me ready to submit. I even got some of my cover letter critiqued by the instructors! The course is only half over and already there’s so much stuff, I’ll have to revisit after the course is over. Luckily, class members have six months access after the class is live.
As excited as I am about the course I’m taking now, I’m even MORE enthusiastic about the next one offered at The Children’s Book Academy.
“Writing Children’s Books”
Why am I looking forward to this course so much? Well, Take the wonderful Dr. Mira Reisberg who always over-delivers on her courses, and add acquiring editor Kelly Delaney, who WORKS at dream publisher Random House/Knopf! Talk about the inside scoop. Could it get any better for a Picture Book writer like me?
The course is chock full with guest instructors, critique opportunities, worksheets and handouts, and skip-the-slush Golden Ticket opportunities where every student gets to have their pitch in front of acquiring editors and agents eyes! Yep, I can’t wait for the first live training June 29th. If you are picture book writer - or want to be – here’s all the info you need to register for the course: "The Craft and Business of Writing Picture Books"
Hope to see you there!
We all read books from several genres, but when it comes to writing we might think that we must choose one genre and stick to it. Not true!
Many authors write in several genres and I'm pleased to have one of those talented authors speak to The Writers Bloc on June 6th.
Linda Joy Singleton has been published more than 35 times with books from picture book up and we are so excited to have her share tips with us at the Placerville Library in California.
If you are in the area, please come to this free public event! Details are in the poster to the left of this blog post, or on the events page of www.eldoradolibrary.org
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)