Category Archives: MG & Kidlit

Kids and the Decline of Reading, Part 2: What We Can Do As Authors

In case you missed it, I posted last week about the decline of reading among kids (particularly teens), and how we could head that off at home. Some good ideas were generated, and I came away from the discussion with a particularly … Continue reading

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Kids and the Decline of Reading, Part 1: What We Can Do At Home

As a mother of a 5- and 6-year-old, I’m always curious about reading trends in the kid world, and how to get children to like reading. I know that reading is on the decline with kids, but I was still … Continue reading

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3 Tricks to Surviving a Public Speaking Event

You know what I find interesting? That statistic claiming that more people are afraid of public speaking than of anything else in the world. I mean, the everyday person would rather be trapped in a cave, touch a spider, or be … Continue reading

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Myth & Folklore: Finding Old Stories To Make New

Today author Bish Denham is with us, tackling Myth and Folklore and the growing popularity of retellings. I absolutely love it when an author takes a classic and fractures or spins it into a modern tale. I’m not the only … Continue reading

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Lengthening the Chain: Part 2

A few weeks ago I shared a bit of wisdom I learned from Bruce Coville at the Florida SCBWI’s winter conference. In that post, I related how important it is for us, as writers, to lengthen the chain for our … Continue reading

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Lengthening the Chain

I attended the Florida SCBWI’s Winter Conference last month—as a speaker, which was major league awesome, and I’ll write more about that another time. But frankly, I was so blown away by what headliner Bruce Coville had to say that … Continue reading

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What Makes a Strong Author’s Visit—a Teacher’s Perspective

For all of us writing for kids, the Author Visit holds equal amounts of terror and excitement. Being there at ground zero, in the classroom or gym, up close with our audience…it’s adrenaline charging! But then the doubt and fear … Continue reading

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Using My Fears in Writing, by Laura Pauling

I’ve got TWO exciting somethings for you all today. First off, I just recently discovered an awesome resource: the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), an organization dedicated to promoting, supporting, advocating for and advancing the interests of independent, self-publishing authors. … Continue reading

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Shannon Messenger: Writing ‘Kid’ Voice

I am so pleased to welcome Shannon Messenger to the blog today! Shannon is a wonderfully supportive writer who is doing big things in the kid lit world. Not only is book 1 of her MG series, Keeper of the … Continue reading

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How to Start Your Synopsis: One Strategy

The dreaded Synopsis. Does the word fill you with shakes and send you skittering off to check other important things like what new funnies are in your Facebook feed, whose cat coughed up a hairball the size of Manhattan on … Continue reading

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