Category Archives: Writing Tips

Tips to Fuel Your Writing (And Your Stamina)! by Mark Magro

I realized a long time ago that I’m a pretty serious pessimist. While most see this trait as a negative one, I like to think it stems from an innate desire to be prepared. When the ground falls out underneath … Continue reading

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Query Letter Algebra: Once Upon A Time, X Met Y

By Lindsay Bandy My eighth-grade self was sitting at the kitchen table with my engineer father, dripping tears on pre-algebra homework: “But Daddy, why are there letters mixed with the numbers?” That pretty well sums up my relationship with mathematics. However, … Continue reading

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Dummying for Smarter Picture Book Manuscripts

by Lindsay Bandy Have you ever tried dummying your picture book manuscript? I’ve found it to be one of my most helpful tools in taking a manuscript from first-draft stage to ready-to-submit stage. It helps me to remember that I’m … Continue reading

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Submission’s Evil Twins

By Lindsay Bandy Jeanne had one…. Samantha had one (okay it was an evil cousin, but you get the idea)… And yes, that magical lady “Acceptance” has one…. (queue villainous music)… Every writer and artist has had a run-in or … Continue reading

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In her own words, Kit Grindstaff, 2014 Crystal Kite Winner, credits SCBWI

Kit Grindstaff: AN AWARD, COMING FULL CIRCLE and WHY EVERY KIDLIT …: I thought that once The Flame in the Mist ’ s debut year was over, my life would slip comfortably back into inner journeys, through…

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Kim Briggs Book Rap on Liz Coley’s Pretty Girl 13

What do you think? Write on, Kim

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Up Close and Personal with YA Author and SCBWI member Liz Coley by Kim Briggs

Chilling right?!?! And here is the wonderful, amazing, and brilliant author who brought Pretty Girl-13 to life, Liz Coley.   Liz, what made you decide to write Pretty Girl-13?   I call it the collision of a title, a character, … Continue reading

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55% Off Life in the Spotlight: Author Opportunities After Publication 2014 Highlights Foundation Workshop May 4 – May 9

Wow! What a deal! Come to the EPA SCBWI Pocono Retreat May 2-4 and stay for Peter Jacobi’s workshop Life in the Spotlight: Author Opportunities After Publication 2014 from May 4-9. The folks at the Highlights Foundation have extended a … Continue reading

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Entering the Trenches: Some Advice from a Fellow Querier

By Lynn Vroman You’ve finished writing a novel. Well done! Not many people can say they’ve accomplished something so extraordinary. And after you’ve revised, had critique partners and beta readers look it over, and then revised some more, you’re now … Continue reading

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Do I Need an Agent? Things to Consider in a Changing Publishing World

By Lindsay Bandy One of the most important questions writers have when thinking about submissions is: Do I need an agent? It’s a question individual writers ultimately have to answer for themselves, but here are some considerations to get you … Continue reading

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