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

August 13, 2013 by


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 […]

So… How’d the Manuscript Consultation Go?

August 14, 2012 by


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Not Unpublished, “Pre-Published”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


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. […]

SCBWI Con is a Bass Player

August 2, 2012 by


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 […]

Warning: AFC, Possibly Weasels

July 13, 2012 by


So I’m going to be AFC (away from couch) for the next seven weeks. Which is both brilliant and worrying. I mean, what will my couch do without me? I am, however, taking my keyboard with me. I have wondered, from time to time, what it would be like to travel without my laptop (I’m […]

Three Quarters of a Page Inconveniently Too Long

May 9, 2012 by


I am disappointed to discover that the first chapter of Path is three quarters of a page inconveniently too long. Too long for what, you say? Such a good question. Too long for the extremely precise requirements laid out by this conference I’m going to. Do they ask for a specific word count? Oh no. […]