A few weeks ago, I was chatting with one of my writer friends about critiques. She recently joined Scribophile, a critique website where you earn points by critiquing other people's content. Eventually, you can cash in those points in exchange for your own critique. So we started talking about critiques, and how a good critique … Continue reading How Much Is Needed When You’re Giving a Critique?
So, first off: woo! I have a new job. This is going to mess with my schedule a bit. And since my first priority is making sure I keep writing on my schedule, this blog may flag a little. So I'm going to spend some time talking about something personal. I'm currently in the middle … Continue reading Some of My Common Editing Pitfalls
A few weeks ago, I read a thread on Twitter by an author who had been submitting her novel to small publishers. And she got an offer! So she read some author reviews, researched the contract she was given, and decided to turn them down. The Twitter comments were bewildering: what? No! Why did you … Continue reading Being Badly Published is Worse than Being Not Published at All
I attended WriteOnCon 2019 this year, and it was a blast! Let's talk about it. First off, what the heck is WriteOnCon? WriteOnCon is an annual, online-only writing convention for kidlit writers--people who write everything between picture books and young adult. It's three days of podcasts, panels, and blog posts about a variety of writing, … Continue reading WriteOnCon 2019: A Retrospective
Do you write kidlit? (You know, anything ranging from picture books to young adult.) Then maybe you'll be interested in WriteOnCon, an online writing convention for kidlit authors. I'm posting off-schedule today because today's the day that the WriteOnCon forums open--and the forums are where you can post your queries for the agent pitch sessions. … Continue reading WriteOnCon 2019!
It's the end of the year! And that means it's time for me to look back at what I accomplished, and lament review how it went! (Also, I full acknowledge that this is going to be ridiculously boring to anyone who isn't me. Sorry. It's tradition.) Reading: The trend continues! If there's one thing I'm … Continue reading 2018: My Year in Review
It's been quite a while since my last Introduction to Editing post, so if you haven't seen the first two, check them out! An Introduction to Editing: The Many Different Types of Edits Doing Your Pre-editing Research My last post went through the things you have to do before you make any changes: reading your … Continue reading An Introduction to Editing: Structural Editing