Last week, I received a phone call from my editor at Peachtree. She called to let me know that she was just about ready to give me some feedback on my YA mystery, STAND-IN FOR MURDER (working title). It now has a tentative place on the schedule: Fall, 2010! She asked me to read through … More Revising STAND-IN FOR MURDER
Whoa! I knew that Chapter 4 would move pretty fast since I did have the bones of the biggest scene written. But I didn’t expect it to take less than two weeks. I have now just about reached the point where my previous draft of this novel began. I’ve added 37 pages and perhaps 7000 words. … More A Semi-Polished Draft of Chapter 4: Done!
During the first weekend of October, the Michigan SCBWI put together a lovely conference at the Yarrow Golf Course near Augusta, Michigan with a number of talented speakers from the children’s publishing world. I noticed that several other participants had specially decorated nametags, and I recognized the artwork. It came from the distinctive pen of Ruth … More A Ruth McNally Barshaw Original
Typical authors don’t get a lot of say in what their covers look like. And frankly, award-winning authors often don’t either. For example, I heard that Richard Peck was less than excited about one of his covers. And that came after the Newbery win for A YEAR DOWN YONDER! The people in marketing had made their decision. … More Behind the Scenes of Saving the Griffin: The Illustrations
“…it clearly demonstrated where the old cliche of “breath-taking came from.” … More Behind the Scenes of Saving the Griffin: Working with an Editor
Every writer has a different way of attacking a project. I like to write scenes by hand in a cafe first. I follow Natalie Goldberg’s strategy that she shared in her book, WRITING DOWN THE BONES. This is my shortened adaptation of her technique. I go to a local coffee shop like the Main Street … More A Semi-polished Rough Draft of Chapter 3: Done!
“Signora De Checchi came around the bend a few seconds later with a leash in her hand. In her black leather jacket and blue and gold silk scarf, she looked almost too elegant to be walking a dog.” As a casual Midwesterner, I couldn’t believe how nicely some of the other parents dressed to … More Behind the Scenes of Saving the Griffin: Signora De Checchi