Excited!! My July residency at Elsewhere Studios begins soon, and the whole family will be coming along! This is my–and Elsewhere’s–inaugural parent residency, so it will be a great adventure to discover where families and art intersect. Here’s a little description from Elsewhere about their plans for us in July: A LOOK AT THE MONTH…Continue reading Elsewhere Studios, here we come!
It’s here! JambaLAya Kidlit Conference 2019, right here in New Orleans. Our regional branch of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI LA/MS) hosts this annual three-day conference, full of Master Classes, keynote speakers, written and in-person critiques, breakout sessions, casual meet-ups, dinners, and even a breakfast session for published authors & illustrators.…Continue reading Conference time
I can hardly believe it. I have been accepted for an artist’s residency at Elsewhere Studios! Doesn’t it look magical? For a week in July 2019, my family and I will travel to Colorado, where the fam will enjoy exploring artsy mountain town of Paonia and the North Fork Valley while I work on my latest novel.…Continue reading A residency at Elsewhere Studios!
I am so excited to announce that I just signed with literary agent Elizabeth Bewley of Sterling Lord Literistic! Elizabeth has 15 years of experience as a book editor at publishers such as HarperCollins, Intervisual Books, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. She has been an agent at…Continue reading I have an agent!
This week, I’m interrogating my characters. I finished examining my novel’s scenes last week. It was both dispiriting and energizing to find SO MANY areas for opportunity, but the exercise allowed me to sort where my novel as a whole is strong and where it needs more work–and how exactly I might improve it.…Continue reading Revising a revision strategy, part 2: Characters