I recently covered NY-Metro SCBWI‘s January 2016 Professional Series. I’m always happy to be the “designated writer” when we’re short of people to cover.  I’m usually in attendence anyway, but the truth is that the sessions I’ve gotten the most out of are the sessions that I hadn’t planned on attending.

It’s always the thing that you didn’t expect that stays with you.

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The best thing about the New York City Teen Authors Festival (NYCTAF) is how easy it makes it to learn about authors working now. All you have to do is show up to one of the many, many events.
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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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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…

Read More SCBWI Midwinter De-brief: The Joke Contest

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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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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…

Read More Another Award for “The Disappeared”

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The scariest question in the English language is, “What’s your book about?” And you think, “I wrote it, so I should know. Right?” Alas, it does not work that way. I’ve spent an awful lot of time over the past two years considering different answers…

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Thank you for the good advice. Thank you for the inspiration. Thank you for the writing education. Thank you for your industry knowledge. Thank you for your collegiality. Thank you for your recognition. I am so proud to be one of the two winners of…

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