Category Archives: Resources

A Bright Place to Connect with Books: BRIGHTLY

Brightly is an ambitious project to help moms and dads raise lifelong readers.  Created by parents and avid bookworms, the effort is a partnership with Penguin Random House. The site is filled with book recommendations, reading tips, author essays and … Continue reading

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A SCBWI ROCKY MOUNTAIN GATHERING

Last weekend I attended the 40th anniversary of the Rocky Mountain SCBWI Conference. What a fantastic time! Great speakers, food, and conversation. Nearly 300 people attended the two day chapter event. It struck me how little diversity there was in … Continue reading

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Keep Moving Forward with Connections

Last weekend I attended one of the SCBWI local chapter’s Connect sessions. This one focused on how to hunt for an agent. It was hosted by author/illustrator Anna-Maria Crum. Anna-Maria and her colleague/fellow author, Hilari Bell, also run a business … Continue reading

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FIVE FOR THE FUTURE

I raced through the five Cybils finalists earlier this month giving me an opportunity to tackle the healthy stack of books in my TBR (to be read) pile. I also have an eye on the future and books yet to … Continue reading

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Middle Grade News

It’s been a busy month for me as I finish up final edits on four manuscripts. I won’t go into the messy details that got me into this way of writing because I have other news to share. The annual … Continue reading

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Editing the Final Draft

I’ve twisted, moved, and tweaked each plot point and every hole is filled. The story has been read and re-read by myself and trusted critique partners. So now how do I edit this beast? Of course I try to do … Continue reading

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Never Stop Learning the Craft

David Viscott: “In the end, the only people who fail are those who do not try.” I always urge students to be in charge of their own learning. “Seek answers to your own questions and continue to have growth every … Continue reading

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