My next novel will have a Latina main character who doesn’t speak Spanish, doesn’t live in the barrio and hates flan. That last part is a particularly important POV that has been missing at the diversity table.
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Getting Your Word(s) Out

It is possible that I went to SCBWI Midwinter for the joke contest. Last year, Lin Oliver recited the names of past joke-contest winners who went on to get good agents and publish wonderful books. The message to me was clear: in order to publish…

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I’m almost recovered from my weekend at SCBWI. I’ll start with all the new things to read: Henry H. Neff, The Hound of Rowan I was fortunate enough to be in Henry’s critque group at the World Building Intesive; he’s an insightful and endlessly kind…

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I’ll be at SCBWI Midwinter for the next three days, first attending the Friday World Building Seminar. This is my favorite weekend of the year: three days to only think about writing children’s books. No promises about posting until this is over. But I’ll try.…

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Another post for the run-up to #NY15SCBWI When I’m at a full-day writing event like the SCBWI Midwinter Conference, I want to be able to take notes on my computer, but I don’t want to carry a charger. Here are the things I do to…

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Tech Tips for Writers

Are you attending SCBWI’s Midwinter Conference in New York next weekend? If you are new to the conference, here’s some packing and preparation advice. Things to bring A laptop—but only if it has more than six hours of battery life You may not be near…

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Many, many thanks to the Poultney (VT) Public Library for honoring The Disappeared with first place in their literary contest’s prose category. On the surface, Jose’s life couldn’t be more different (urban, Hispanic, etc.), so it’s wonderful to know that they were touched by the…

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Welcome to my 30-day anniversary party. You’ll find the guacamole at the bottom of this post, along with the upside-down flan cake. Although I’ve been blogging at work (where my intent is truly insidious) for a few years , the experience is very different. I…

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