Authors, Blog, Books

Literacy and Dia With Jeanette Larson

As a writer, literacy is important to me, but not just because I want to make sure there's a market for my books — literacy helps children grow. Author and librarian Jeanette Larson has been a supporter of the literacy celebration Día, which happens annually on April 30, since it was founded in 1997. So,… Continue reading Literacy and Dia With Jeanette Larson

Blog, Books, Writing

Patience, perseverance and a whole lotta reading

Saturday was the monthly meeting of the great Austin chapter of the SCBWI at the awesome independent bookstore BookPeople, and all who attended got a healthy dose of inspiration. The speaker was author Jessica Lee Anderson, who taught about dealing with the ups and downs of publishing through songs -- and yep, she even sang.… Continue reading Patience, perseverance and a whole lotta reading

Publishing

Getting children to read

As with many other industries, the last couple quarters have been rough on publishing, with houses downsizing with huge layoffs, closing imprints, and restructuring to bundle imprints together with the same staff. Some smaller publishing houses have closed altogether. Before Christmas, calls went out on many blogs, including mine, for people to put books on their gift… Continue reading Getting children to read

Inspiration, Publishing, Revising, Writing

Inspiration and pet peeves

My middle-grade novel revision is moving along, but not as quickly as I'd like. Part of the reason is that I'm editing faster than my critique group meetings. Sounds weird, I know, but I'll explain. You see, we meet twice a month and can take up to five pages to each meeting. After each meeting,… Continue reading Inspiration and pet peeves