I just read an awesome book called The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester (2008). In it, Piper can fly and that causes problems. So she's sent to a top secret school where they promise to fix her. But Piper soon finds out that being fixed is worse than dealing with the problems she caused at home.
I highly recommend this book not only for its story but for the way the author skillfully changes the pov from one character to another.
One Myth Debunked to be Replaced by Another
Most aspiring authors who have done their homework know (I hope) that you don't need an illustrator or cover artist if you are submitting to a traditional agent. Yet some picture book writers can't help but put their entire vision on paper, complete with extensive illustration notes. I get it. If that's the only way to get that picture book on paper, indulge. But before you submit, do yourself a favor:
Wow am I behind! I just now found out what the big DEAL is about Amazon and Hashette.
I have no vested interest in either side, so I'm not going to judge. Instead, I'd like to offer a more
Remember Singing in the Rain?
One of the biggest challenges I face as an aspiring kid lit author is writing something that is ahead of the trends. So when I see themes in what my critique partners and writer friends are working on, it's like a neon sign:
5 Themes I keep seeing
(in random order):
1. Paranormal Romance
From Vampires and Zombies to Ghosts and Aliens, everyone is falling in love while struggling to overcome their own supernatural gifts and personalities. Some editors are still eating it up, while others would frankly like to see more humans being attracted to their own kind.
2. Mind Reading and Mind Control
This theme is popping up a lot in various forms and I have to confess to a work-in-progress with this in it. Twice. Maybe three times. What I don't see is many books on the market with this theme, so if you have a polished manuscript, submit it quick!
3. Schools and Summer Camps
Secret campuses, summer school and crazy camps are always popular among middle-grade books, but this theme might be getting a bit overused. I know a good part of a kid's life is spent in school, but isn't there anything else worth writing about?
4. Books About Bullies
I think most people are tired of hearing how to handle bullies from stories. The definition has been changed so much since I was kid, that I don't think I could write a convincing story about it anyway. If you have something to add to the onslaught, then more power to you. But I'm going to avoid if I can.
5. Apocalyptic Dystopian
I wrote a dystopian short story in college, but I never tried to get it published, for good reason. It was awful. I won't even tell you what it was about because you'll get the wrong idea. Now, I know this genre is huge right now, but when I sit down to write, I can't help but ask: "Is our future really that bleak?"
We are Moving to this Site
If you are a follower on my former blog, you know by now that I'm moving here. As with any move, there's a likely to be a few snags in the process.
So, please bear with me as I migrate my posts, links, faves and content over here. And maybe I'll find time to put some new stuff up.
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)