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Make writing worth your time, says Jennifer Nielsen

"Writing is such a diverse field with so many options and possibilities, it’s easy to choose the route with the immediate payoff, or the one that best strokes your ego, but if they don’t get you closer to what you want most, then it’s not worth your time." -- author Jennifer Nielsen I love this quote… Continue reading Make writing worth your time, says Jennifer Nielsen

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My first writing conference — organizing

I've said on this blog numerous times that I'm a HUGE fan of writing conferences. When I took on the Regional Advisor job for the Austin chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, I wanted to honor the organizers of all the wonderful conferences I've been to over the years and put… Continue reading My first writing conference — organizing

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Inspiration at the Austin SCBWI Conference

At the Austin SCBWI conference last weekend, author/illustrator E.B. Lewis pointed out that writers and and illustrators are the same people, all trying to create art the captures peoples' imagination. Whether we're using paint or words, we're both making pictures that tell stories. And those stories have to have a few things to be successful:… Continue reading Inspiration at the Austin SCBWI Conference

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Why Writing Conferences Are Priceless

Writing is solitary. Just us with a computer and a head of ideas. But we're not really alone. And going to a writing conference is a wonderful way to celebrate that. Of course, seminars at writing conferences are great learning opportunities. Query letters, characters, plot, dialog — I've learned about all these at conferences. But… Continue reading Why Writing Conferences Are Priceless

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How to Choose a Writing Conference

As I've mentioned many times on this blog, writing conferences are gggrrrreeeaaatttt! (For example, the recent Austin SCBWI conference and Houston SCBWI conference, where I was nominated for the Joan Lowery Nixon Award.) The chance to hang out with like-minded people and talk about books is wonderful enough, but there's also the seminars where you… Continue reading How to Choose a Writing Conference

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Benefits of Writing Conferences

There's a wonderful feeling you get after a writing conference. An excitement and energy that comes from spending a day or weekend with people who are just like you. With an SCBWI event, that feeling is even more exaggerated, due to the warmth and generosity of the writers and illustrators of children's books. I spent… Continue reading Benefits of Writing Conferences

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Austin SCBWI Conference: Definitely Something For Everybody

I spent last weekend at the Austin SCBWI conference, and reafirmed my understanding of why going to events like these are so good for writers. I was there in a volunteer capacity, helping to organize the critiques and make sure they went smoothly for all participants. On that front, it was wonderful to see the… Continue reading Austin SCBWI Conference: Definitely Something For Everybody

Agents, Conferences

New agent and how to make the most of conferences

Revision update: Chapter 28 out of 30. The rework idea I had for that chapter I was working on worked. Phew! Got three chapters to go to finish. First up today, news of a new agent. Former Delacorte Press/Random House Children Books editor Marissa Walsh has opened Shelf Life Literary, a boutique agency specializing in… Continue reading New agent and how to make the most of conferences