Thursday, April 24th, 2014


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How Clean is Your Manuscript?

How Clean is Your Manuscript?

Before you think I’ve gone all Pollyanna, let me say that I’m not talking about “content” here… I’m talking about presentation. In today’s publishing world, editors and agents are looking for manuscripts that are essentially publication-ready.  Gone are the days of “developmental” editors, and even simple typos or grammatical errors can make them toss a […]

Happy Picture Book Month!

Happy Picture Book Month!

I am proud to be a 2013 Picture Book Month Champion!   My guest post for the month-long celebration will be featured on November 7th at www.picturebookmonth.com, and I’m truly honored to be participating in this important initiative alongside so many of my picture book heroes. Schools, libraries, booksellers, and book lovers around the world […]

Is it YA or Middle Grade?

Is it YA or Middle Grade?

Many aspiring children’s book authors are confused about the difference between young adult (YA) and middle grade novels.  Aren’t all teens and pre-teens young adults?  But within the industry, middle grade and YA are two totally separate genres, and it’s important to be able to differentiate between the two, to know where your manuscript fits […]

Secondary Characters

Secondary Characters

Whether your manuscript is a picture book or novel, it can be tempting to create a wide variety of supporting characters to help tell your story.  But too many characters can be hard for young readers to keep track of, and can dilute the focus.  So how do you decide which secondary characters to keep? […]

The ONLY Guide to Self-Publishing You’ll Ever Need

The ONLY Guide to Self-Publishing You’ll Ever Need

When I decided to independently publish my book Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment in 2008, I read everything I could get my hands on about self-publishing. I ordered Peter Bowerman’s The Well-Fed Self-Publisher mostly because I loved the title – but it turned out to be the only resource I truly […]

What Goes in a Media Kit?

What Goes in a Media Kit?

An editing client of mine recently asked for guidance on building a media kit, otherwise known as a press kit. This is something every author should have on their website – it gives potential reviewers, interviewers and event coordinators easy access to whatever support materials they might need to support a review, feature, interview or […]

Editing with a Jewelers Loupe

Editing with a Jewelers Loupe

I had the privilege and pleasure of interviewing middle grade and YA author Maryrose Wood last night for our Wednesday night Writers Speak series at Stony Brook Southampton. Maryrose is everything you might wish the author of a delightfully satirical and superbly written series called The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place to be… smart, witty, […]

Connecting the Dots – A Celebration

Connecting the Dots – A Celebration

I’ve never thought of myself as much of a matchmaker, but today I feel like Yenta! You see, it’s the pub-date of a very special book, one that I played a small part in helping to bring about… But let’s start at the beginning. Cast of Characters Susan Verde – Superb educator, mom and author. […]

Last Day to Register for the 2013 12 X 12 Picture Book Challenge!

Last Day to Register for the 2013 12 X 12 Picture Book Challenge!

Just a quick reminder that today is the last day to register for the 2013 12X12 Picture Book Challenge – your next opportunity will be 2014! This is a great way to maintain motivation, get your queries critiqued, connect with and submit to agents and more… You can click here to register: 12 X 12 […]

Pay No Attention to That Writer Behind the Curtain!

Pay No Attention to That Writer Behind the Curtain!

One of my favorite speakers at the 2013 SCBWI winter conference was Mo Willems. No surprise, he’s also one of my favorite writers, and illustrators. Among the many witty, wise and irreverent pieces of writing advice he shared was this: “Be Invisible.” Hard to believe, but apparently, Mo once received a review that spoke of […]

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