Lori Orlinsky reflects on finding inspiration for her book Being Small… I was inspired to write “Being Small” after my daughter came home from preschool crying when she was three-years-old. It turns out her teachers had hung a growth chart in the classroom, and while all of Hayley’s friends were at the top and middle … More Guest Post: author Lori Orlinsky on Finding Inspiration, plus a book spotlight and giveaway!
Guest Post on the writing process by Doug Wilhelm Every book has been different, but it always has been a multi-phase process. I think that’s important — as you go through rewrite after rewrite you find things, develop characters, and even discover what something in the story really is about. Sometimes I’ve counted how many … More Guest Post & YA Spotlight: Author Doug Wilhelm with an excerpt from STREET OF STORYTELLERS and a giveaway!
Guest Post from Janet Gurtler, the Editor of You Too? 25 Voices Share Their #MeToo Stories I think my biggest concern with this book is that caregivers or educators will be afraid to give a book like this to teens to read, because it is a hard read at times. I’m worried caregivers will think … More Guest Post & YA Spotlight: You Too? 25 Voices Share Their #MeToo Stories by various authors and edited by Janet Gurtler…with a Giveaway!
The Art of Drafting…and Revising (how I approach it all): Hi everyone! *waves* I’m stoked to be here and share some of my weirdness, dreams and most importantly how I draft and revise novels. I’m Rebecca Sky, the author of ARROWHEART, which is about the strong female descendants of Greek God Eros who have the … More Guest Post: Author Rebecca Sky discusses the art of drafting and revising (plus a fun giveaway!)
Maria Gianferrari joins us today to discuss the best and most interesting parts of researching for science topics in her books. Field research and direct observation is the most fun by far! I don’t get to do it all that often, but when I was researching Coyote Moon, I would often take walks in the … More Guest Post with author Maria Gianferrari
HAPPY NATIONAL DOG DAY! Guest Post: Five Reasons Why Dogs Are A Writer’s Best Friend–by Maria Gianferrari and guest starring Becca 1) They like to “work” side by side with you. 2) They know when it’s time to stop and smell the … magnolias, or the turtles, as the case may be. 3) They’re the … More Happy National Dog Day! Guest Post: Author Maria Gianferrari shares Five Reasons Why Dogs Are A Writer’s Best Friend (plus a giveaway!)
I am thrilled to feature a guest post by author Alyssa Palombo! Alyssa took readers by storm with her debut novel, The Violinist of Venice, when it was released last year and received wonderful praise and review attention from people and places like Roberta Rich, Shelf Awareness, Romantic Times, and more. Alyssa has a gift for … More Guest Post: author Alyssa Palombo on Tips for Making Time to Write
Abby J. Reed writes young adult science fiction and fantasy novels that ask what if. She has a degree in English Writing and is drawn to characters with physical limitations due to her own neurological disorder called Chronic Migraine. Her debut novel, WHEN PLANETS FALL, will be published in April 2017 by Soul Mate Publishing. … More Guest Post by YA author Abby J. Reed with a giveaway of her debut novel WHEN PLANETS FALL
I’m always asked how I came up with the idea for the Converters Series. Usually, I don’t walk around with a lot of fantastic ideas in my head (though there are plenty of mediocre ones), but the idea of converting started with a sudden burst of brilliant inspiration, followed by lots of tiny inspirational … More Guest Post: YA author Tenille Berezay, on levels of inspiration
The agent round in the #FicFest contest has begun! The finalists have queries and writing samples posted. So excited that my picture book, THE STORY BOX, is one of them! Go Team Australia! Although, I must say, ALL of the teams (mentors/mentees) are truly amazing! A BIG shout-out to Tiffany Hofmann (author, editor, and creator … More #FicFest Agent Round Short-cut Links