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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 […]

Why a Support Network is Crucial to a Writer

February 14, 2013 by


Perspective! Writers tend to work on their own, in the dark, which can be at times crazy and lonely making. At these times it is particularly helpful to have caring and supportive people around you who will encourage and reassure and… you know what? I don’t know. I don’t have those people. I have these […]

How Many Beta Readers Do You Need?

December 6, 2012 by


Someone asked me the other day how many beta readers I usually have for a book. I thought I’d share my answer since it’s a question I get fairly often and it’s a bit complicated. Fundamentally, it’s a fight between wanting as many people as is humanly possible to give feedback and the opportunity cost […]

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 […]