For Authors: Refine Your Craft

For Authors: Refine Your Craft

Support for the development of authors: Information gleaned by an experienced researcher

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For Educators: Tap Creative Potential

For Educators: Tap Creative Potential

Frameworks for activating and engaging creativity for students of all ages

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For Readers: Share the Journey

For Readers: Share the Journey

See examples, hear stories, and walk with her on the path as an exuberant published author celebrates writing

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What Makes a Project Viable?

Sean McCarthy, founder and sole agent for Sean McCarthy Literary Agency, discussed what makes a work viable. He gave four requirements. It has an arresting commercial hook. It has an internal or emotional core. Character transformation takes place. It has a fresh, original concept. Related to that, I believe, was his comment on issue-driven versus character-driven

How Does a Novel Work?

From Sarah Jane Abbott, an associate editor for Paula Wiseman Books and Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster, who spoke at Austin’s SCBWI conference: After the novel has been submitted and accepted (if I remember correctly), the editor will read, line edit, and check changes on a draft. They will also send an edit letter with

Use Social Media

Sherrinda Ketchersid, a medieval Christian romance author, whose book Lord of Her Heart, was published this month, presented “Tips and Tools for the Writing Journey” to the Abilene Writers’ Guild on May 23rd. Her are some of the things I took away from her presentation: Being visible is important. You need to pick social media (or

Don’t Give Up

Mitali Perkins, author of ELEVEN published children’s books, including Rickshaw Girl, and her newest Forward Me Back to You–just released last month, spoke at Austin’s SCBWI conference. Among many useful details from her keynote speech, she said: “You don’t control the market. You can control your craft.” So work on your writing. Read a lot, in the