Deborah Halverson is offering a free, substantial edit opportunity to one lucky winner. She edited my current MG novel and I can tell you she rocks. She's positive, knows the industry inside and out, and goes the extra mile to help her clients be successful. You can learn more about her here: http://deborahhalverson.com/ABOUT%20DEBORAH.html
and about the giveaway here: http://deareditor.com/2012/08/23/newsflash-a-deareditor-com-free-edit-giveaway/ .
If you don't participate in the contest, at least subscribe to her DearEditor.com posts. You'll be glad you did.
Do you need a little writing-oriented chuckle? Check this out:
Since 1982 the English Department at San Jose State University has sponsored the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, a whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels.
The winners are posted here: http://www.bulwer-lytton.com/2012win.html and are quite funny -- and well written for opening lines to bad novels!
Thank you, Shutta Crum, who always enjoys a good laugh (http://blog.shutta.com/), for bringing this to our attention.
Sometimes this is how the business of writing and publishing feels. But the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) tries very hard to make it feel more like this:
...doable--with practice and focus.
After an amazing international conference in LA this past weekend where 1200 people gathered to commune about making children's books, I'm inspired and a little bit awed by the greatness there.
My take aways:
1. Writing and illustrating books is really hard work, even for the ones who make it look easy. It's ok to feel overwhelmed much of the time.
2. Passion is the first requirement to success. Without it, even perserverence and talent won't get the job done.
3. There is always someone who can provide insight into whatever issue we have in the industry. We just need to be open enough to ask.
Here are some links to posts and articles about the conference. Read them and start hoarding quarters to pay for next year's conference. If you can possibly attend, you won't regret it.
Excuse me. I have to go practice my tree pose.
Carrie Pearson is a children's book author and creator-cheerleader.