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I’m Not Saying Anything. But if I Was to Say Something, This is What I Would Say.

June 30, 2014 by

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There are two parts of this chart that are the same blue. I don’t know which is which. Or… maybe they are the same? WHAT IF THEY ARE THEY SAME? Can you get hangovers from writing query letters?  

Lying on the Floor and Bitching at the Ceiling is Part of my PROCESS

February 25, 2014 by

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This is my motivational penguin (care of Chibird) because I am writing query letters and synopses at the moment and they make me crazy. Well. Crazier. I seriously seem to spend an equal amount of time trying to convince myself that the procrastination I am involved in is a perfectly valid part of the process […]

Performance-Enhancing Drugs for Writers

August 19, 2013 by

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Reassurance and Validation: These Are the Things That Publishers Are Made of?

August 13, 2013 by

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I spent four days last week at the SCBWI Summer Conference in LA (writers, agents and publishers, oh my). It’s a conference I always enjoy. In large part because it’s one of the only places I can stare at the twelve hundred people surrounding me and mutter, My people. (I mean, obviously, I could do […]

How You Write a Synopsis

May 16, 2013 by

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First you spend an entire day writing (and rewriting) three hundred words. Then, just at the point where you’re going crazy and starting to see things in the text that aren’t there you ask someone else to read it. Hopefully they will say something nice like, I’d read that. Hopefully they won’t say things like, […]

How to Get Someone Else to Synopsise Your Work: A Study in Whining

May 2, 2013 by

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I just remembered I have to write a synopsis for Drink Me* in the next few days. So basically I’m whining and procrastinating and considering how to make lemon flavoured brownies. Honestly, this shouldn’t be that hard. It’s high-concept! The plot is very straight-forward! There are only two characters! Arkem: Drink Me is a rollicking […]

So… How’d the Manuscript Consultation Go?

August 14, 2012 by

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Oh. Well. Hm. Good? So Jen (the agent in question) thinks my writing is hilarious and darling (glee!), and in the sections on the advice form that are like ‘what to do next’ she wrote ‘send Jen more’ and put smiley faces and her email address, which… AWESOME. But. We talked about the book. As […]

Not Unpublished, “Pre-Published”

August 10, 2012 by

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Yesterday I finally escaped the acid flashback that was Disneyland and California’s hints that it might want to tremble into the sea, and I am now watching the lights of the Vegas strip come on like a neon sunrise. Looking back from here the SCBWI conference looks like it was a moment of delightful sanity. […]

My Business Cards Say ‘Gosh, She’s a Bit Odd’*

August 6, 2012 by

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I’ve been meaning to make this post since my business cards arrived but I keep forgetting because I’m easily distracted by shiny things. Like my business cards! Which are brilliant.** Honestly, I look at my cards and think, How is everyone in the universe not using these cards? I acknowledge that there may be a […]

SCBWI Con is a Bass Player

August 2, 2012 by

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I’m going to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators summer conference this weekend. I’m excited because it’s filled with people like me* and I love meeting and hanging out with other writers and listening to agents and editors talk, but I’m also terrified because, well, people. People are unpredictable and strange, which usually […]

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