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!
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
I’ve given my students and other fellow writers plenty of advice through the years on how to make a poem “scan” correctly. And I’ve always felt like a bit of a fraud when I’ve done it because I hadn’t ever sold a poem. Still, twelve years of piano lessons and a good working relationship with mathematics … More Word Wrangling with the Bounce Queen
Betsy Bird admitted at the very beginning that her poll on the 100 best chapter books was not scientific. But she did take a few wise steps. Since some teachers required their classes to take part, she insisted that each book to make the final list needed to have two adults vote for it. You can find … More The 100 Best Chapter Books?
The copy edits for SUSPECT are flooding my mailbox. What a great thing to come home to. It definitely beats a wet basement. I got peek at the final art for the jacket. Very fun! If I can figure out how to upload it, I will.
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.