Writing & Publishing Journey

What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Debut

I’ve been getting all kinds of antsy lately, worried that I am supposed to be doing something to prepare for my spring 2015 debut. I’ve been plenty busy with other projects. I’ve sold a second book (woohoo!) and revised another for an interested editor (fingers crossed.) And there are the revisions on other projects, etc,… Read more »

We Are Enough-With or Without Awards

It’s February now which means the two most celebrated events of the year have passed. What did I think about the commercials? Meh! But, I was on the edge of my seat with anticipation, rooting for my favorite players.  Yes, indeed! (Oh, and I hear Super Bowl was pretty good, too.) The ALA media and… Read more »

Getting “The Call” and How My Contract Took Me Home

I’m honored to have a post on the Emu’s Debuts blog today, about how my debut book sale came to be. And how signing the contract became an unexpectedly memorable and emotional event. http://emusdebuts.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/signing-the-contract-not-your-typical-espn-moment/ Here is that post, in its entirety. Signing the Contract. Not Your Typical ESPN Moment. We’ve all seen news snippets, featuring a… Read more »

Stealing, Tweaking, Voice

Recently, I had a fabulous conference critique on a new picture book biography. It left me smiling for days, mostly because of two words: “great voice.” It’s taken a long time nail the concept of voice.  If you’ve been writing as long as I have, you know how ambiguous the subject of voice is. I… Read more »

Awards Shwards. Celebrate the Small Steps, Too.

It’s been quite a week of awards celebration, hasn’t it? During Monday’s ALA awards presentation, I joined a group of author friends, huddled around multiple computer screens at the home of YALSA finalist, Cynthia Levinson. For an hour before the presentation, we enjoyed a festive atmosphere, complete with food, mimosas, party favors, and fidgety anticipation…. Read more »

Midlife Writing Crisis- Writing for my Inner Child

Photo deleted I must be experiencing something akin to a mid-life writing crisis. Is there such a thing? I’m impatient and frustrated about the publication process. I’ve realized that the day-to-day grind and occasional one-step-forward-two-steps-back trudge has left me feeling worn down and, well, homely. Not that I don’t appreciate the blessings of my wonderful… Read more »

To Nonfiction or Historical Fiction. That is the Question

October 1, 2012 If it’s not already obvious from my past blog posts, I’ve always been a nonfiction purist. In fact, I’ve engaged in my share of debates in defense of the genre, most specifically in terms of picture book biographies. If dialog, characters, or events are created, the book is fiction, I’ve demanded. Maybe… Read more »

Revising like a Sculptor

It’s been a while since I posted something new here. Wrapping up summer, with travel, family, and myriad commitments took a grand total of six weeks. In the midst of all that fun and frivolity, I had revisions to do – the third round for an interested editor. I’m guardedly optimistic. Deep into those revisions,… Read more »

Remember, Dear, You Can Eat Your Mistakes

While de-cluttering my office space recently, I came across a couple stacks of old manuscript versions from two previous projects. As I thumbed through them, I was struck by the evolution of my own writing. These earlier drafts pre-date their own de-cluttering, the pairing down, the cleaning house, the revisions.      I am somehow relieved… Read more »

It’s Okay to Slow Down

For the past several months, I’ve been kicking myself for not doing a better job of maintaining my blog content. Then, I realized how much has happened in that time. There have been revisions for an editor, a newly celebrated agent alliance, multiple rewritings of an old as-yet-unsold project, and the research for and writing… Read more »