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Writing Communities: The Power of More Than One

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

There was an insane amount of information to digest from the SCBWI Midsouth conference (#SCBWIMIDSOUTH16). A lot. I learned a plethora about picture book characters, and advice on writing about historical events. I finally think I have a grasp of what a high concept novel is.  All of this info was great, helpful, inspiring. But more on all of that later, because I’m still processing all that I learned and I feel a little overwhelmed by it. Continue reading

The Power of a Little Encouragement

Megan Norris Jones

Megan Norris Jones

I’ve posted several times about the role our regional SCBWI conference has played in my development as a writer. I can’t recommend it enough for improving your craft, networking with other writers, and expanding your knowledge of the industry. Laura posted about missing the conference last week, but being invigorated by the knowledge that two of our group won awards. Well, guess what? I won an award!

As soon as I sat back down with that beautiful piece of paper in my hands, my mind was racing through all the steps to my novel’s publication, ending with rave reviews and a long and successful career. I do realize that I have a lot of work to do between now and then, but that’s the power of a little bit of encouragement. A publishing professional said, “Hey, good job. I like that story,” and suddenly I have the renewed passion and energy to press on through the long, slow journey ahead. Continue reading

Bad Day? Here’s a Cure

Laura Ayo

Laura Ayo

I had a bad day on Saturday. Many things contributed, one of which was the knowledge that the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference for our region was taking place a driveable 180 miles away and I was at home having a bad day. My writing friends, including three fellow WriteOwls and two other members of my writing critique group, were all there. Together. Meeting new lovers of kid lit. Rubbing elbows with authors, illustrators, agents and editors. Talking about writing. Thinking about writing. Learning about our craft. Being inspired and motivated. And I was missing it!!! Continue reading

Story is King (Even When There are Pictures)

Stacey Kite

Stacey Kite

Every time I attend an SCBWI conference, I learn things—about both writing and illustrating. And every once in a while, something surprising about myself. That’s what happened at the Midsouth SCBWI conference this past September when I took a picture book dummy intensive and got feedback on a dummy of mine titled Battling The Math Dragon.

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One Thing Leads to Another

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

I’ve been told that the two places you should never attempt to talk to an editor (or anyone in publishing for that matter) are an elevator or a public bathroom. Seems logical and polite. No one wants anyone shoving a manuscript at them when 1) they have no exit, or 2) they are in a delicate situation. I state again, it’s a matter of being logically polite.

So imagine, regardless of knowing this tip of etiquette, I committed this faux-pas. Now, before I mislead you, I didn’t have my manuscript in hand, nor did I intend to solicit the editor with my manuscript, but for a brief moment you could tell she was wondering if I was going to try and shove one in her bag. Continue reading