Which Comes First?

August 30th, 2011

My friend @gooddirt shared an interesting article today discussing the age-old writer’s dilemma: which comes first when you’re writing, characters or plot? The post also shares five great tips on starting with either, and so I highly recommend giving it a read. But it got me wondering — do you think writers of certain genres […]

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Declining a Partial

August 24th, 2011

Over the past few days, I’ve been tackling the backlog of partials I’ve requested, and I sent off several responses today to authors declining their books. With partials, unlike queries, I do try to give a reason as to why I’m passing, and I wanted to share a little of the thought process behind the […]

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Notes From A Query Workshop

August 22nd, 2011

So, on Saturday I was invited to give a query workshop to a small group of members of the Rocky Mountain chapter of the SCBWI. I was delighted to chat about my general do’s and don’ts of querying, and glad to be able to get into specifics (over the course of three hours) with the […]

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And it’s official…

August 18th, 2011

From PW’s Children’s Bookshelf: Jason Rekulak at Quirk Books acquired the as yet untitled sequel to Ransom Riggs’s bestselling YA novel

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STAR reviews!

August 18th, 2011
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Ok, I cheated a little with that blog title. While not starred reviews, we did just receive two fabulous reviews for The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson! From School Library Journal: Rory, 17, leaves rural Louisiana and enrolls in a British boarding school. Her arrival coincides with the emergence of a new terror […]

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