Archive | February 2016

SCBWI Austin Meeting – Middle Grade or Bust!

I finally attended my first regional SCBWI meeting. Yahoo!

I didn’t really have any expectations going in, other than being excited to attend. (Thank you to my official sponsor, Afrin, for making today’s trip possible. Thanks are also extended to both Infant Advil and Children’s Advil, for teething and RSV relief, respectively.)

The meeting today focused on Middle Grade books and included a panel of three MG writers:

Cory Putman Oakes (Dinosaur Boy)

Jo Whittemore (Confidentially Yours Series)

Mari Mancusi (Golden Girl)

Read on for my notes from the meeting:

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Finding Time to Write

Finding time to write is tough.

But that’s only the beginning.

Because you also have to find time to:

  • Read books ABOUT writing.
  • Read books in your genre.
  • Keep up with the industry.
  • Research agents.
  • Create a web presence.
  • Get on Twitter and follow agents/publishers/editors to educate yourself.
  • Look into contests.
  • Draft Twitter pitches.
  • Revise your writing.
  • Participate in critique groups.
  • And that’s just what I can come up with off the top of my head.

When do you find time to do this? Particularly if you’re at home taking care of kids (as I currently am)?

Two kids under the age of three means…

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Valentiny Contest

Ok, let’s start off by acknowledging that I’ve been gone for…a while. To be fair, I did have a baby during this time (my second) so it’s not like I’ve been on some amazing trip around the world and just forgot about all this picture book stuff ;).

I’ve been reading a lot of picture books (and revisiting a lot of the baby board books from my first – it’s kind of sad how quickly those get shelved, so it was nice to get them back into circulation with baby #2). And I’m focusing on my writing again.

I decided not to do 12 x 12 last year (2015) after participating in 2014 because I wasn’t sure how serious I could be about it and didn’t want to spend money if I couldn’t commit. So this is my year to refocus and see if I can make writing more of a priority. If so, then I can see about signing up for something…but in the meantime there are all kinds of exciting ways to work on writing, like contests.

Enter the Valentiny Contest… (click through to read my entry).

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