Thoughts on Being Published

An interesting thing happens when you write a book. You spend weeks, months, maybe even years, pouring out your thoughts on to paper, watching your word count slowly drift upwards. You dig out things from your imagination, create brand new people, describe thrilling (and sometimes mundane) events, design cultures, and build entire WORLDS. And youContinue reading “Thoughts on Being Published”

In Defense of Picture Book Writers

Sometimes, not all the time, but sometimes as a kidlit writer, it can feel a bit nerve-wracking to tell someone, especially a fellow writer, that I write picture books. And I know I’m not alone in that feeling. Why is that? Back in August, I attended a writers workshop. I volunteered to help with theContinue reading “In Defense of Picture Book Writers”

What’s in a Name?

If you, like I, struggle with figuring out how to name your characters, you’re not alone. Naming your main character (MC), as well as secondary characters and especially your story’s protagonist, is a daunting task. Names reveal more than just a relative understanding of personality – they reveal the world in which your story isContinue reading “What’s in a Name?”

Let’s Talk About Adverbs

To put it mildly, agents, editors, and even readers tend to hate adverbs, or at least they hate the overuse of adverbs. So, what is an adverb? Adverbs are words that describe an action. Typically, they end in “ly” (see what I did there?). What are some examples? Let’s use some Game of Thrones referencesContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Adverbs”

How to Make Your First Page Shine

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend the first of many author-preneur workshops held by the Corvisiero Agency. As a client of Marisa Corvisiero, I was so excited to get a chance to see her and the other agents in person again and to soak in some more knowledge from Marisa’s different topical lessons.Continue reading “How to Make Your First Page Shine”

I got a WHAT?

I’m pretty much going to have to confess that I am literally the WORST at updating this thing. I’m sorry… mostly. But I do have a big update that I need to announce, so here I am! Let me start at the beginning by saying that two weekends ago (February 24), I¬†took a personal dayContinue reading “I got a WHAT?”

Twitter Hashtags for Writers

Hey, guys. I know it’s been a while since I’ve updated this site. I’ve been busy teaching and have FINALLY been writing again on several different projects. Lately, I seem to be really in the mood to write picture books of various ilk – from non-fiction STEM topics to cute little dancing animals. It’s beenContinue reading “Twitter Hashtags for Writers”