I spent last weekend at a revision retreat sponsored by the Missouri SCBWI (Society of Book Writers and Illustrators) at the YMCA’s Trout Lodge.  Randi Rivers of Charlesbridge was the guest editor.  An incredibly nice aspect of this retreat was that she met with each participant twice.  Writers sent in a manuscript back in February. Randi … More Retreat!

The Copy Editor

Copy editors check over a manuscript for grammar and punctuation.  But they’re also the last line of defense when it comes to continuity and clarity.  Since so many books cross their desks, they can tell when things aren’t working.  I really feel like I’ve emerged with a stronger manuscript after two weeks of hard work.  … More The Copy Editor

In the Gap

Calyn’s story, my work-in-progress, is set in the mountains.  So I’m getting excited for our trip to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.    Since I often like to work from pictures when I’m moving my characters, I know that photos of its old growth timber and second growth forests will be extremely helpful.