Newest Catchphrase: Write Up!

I spent the past weekend at the New York SCBWI conference and, as always, it was enlightening and energizing. But what struck me was a message that I heard repeated a number of times from various speakers - editors, agents, and authors - and it was "write up!" "Write up" means writing up for children, not down. It means writing complex stories with rich vocabulary. It means challenging readers … [Read more...]

Attending A Conference? Dos and Don’ts

I'm about to head off to New York for SCBWI's 2015 Winter Conference. I remember my early conference-attending years. My anticipation was keen, but I recall not knowing what to expect as I went about the business of mingling with editors, agents, and published authors - all of whom walked on water as far as I was concerned. Whether you'll be in New York or plan on attending a regional conference, … [Read more...]