Wednesday, February 24, 2021

5-Minute Craft Tutorial to make St Paddy's Day Garland



If you're like me and you like to decorate for the holidays but don't want to spend a lot of money on store-bought decorations, you might enjoy my 5-minute tutorial, which shows  you how to make a fun Shamrock garland with scraps of fabric you might have around the house (and if not, you could use old (nearly worn out) towels or t-shirts). If you're curious how I did this super simple garland, click on the video below to see it.



Writerly Wednesday - Upcoming Writing Contests


 
Writing contests can encourage you to perfect your craft while giving you the opportunity to earn a little recognition, make some money and hopefully meet some new friends. So get those pages polished, and start cracking those knuckles because it's time to deep dive into the murky waters of writing contests. What do you have to lose? And after reading about these contests, you'll see you might have a lot to win. 

Here is a list of upcoming contests for writers: 



The James Laughlin Poetry contest: James Laughlin Award | Academy of American Poets


Good luck everyone. Now send those pages, articles and stories out because you might win and even if you don't, you could make some  good friends along the way. 

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Flosstube Episode #2 Sisters celebrating St. Paddy's Day with Cross-stitch





Anyone else have a sister they spend time with - especially during the pandemic? Well, I grew up in a family, where Mom and Dad had nine kids and all we ever did was spend time together. So, now that we're older and (hopefully) wiser, we're trying to have fun instead of spending our time cleaning, cooking and  basically helping the family get by. And one of the ways we've been spending our time connecting creatively is by cross-stitching. We have also just started playing tennis together and enjoying the outdoors by running.



If you're interested in any of these things, please click on the short video below and let us know what you think. Plus, if you cross-stitch or run or play tennis, we'd love to connect with you too.


Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Writerly Wednesday - Tips, Tricks and Helpful Hints to Help You Find Your Path to Publication

 


If you're looking for helpful hints to find a few ways to connect with a literary agent, here are a few tips: On April 17, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators from the Inland NW Region is hosting an Agent Day. 

They will have three agents on faculty (see below): 

1)  KellyDyksterhouse (Raven Quill)

 Kelly is looking for middle grade and young adult manuscripts. 

She wants action-adventure with heart and universal themes such as identity, friendship, family, and an #ownvoices novel in verse or coming of age story. She enjoys magical realism, and books with a sense of wonder and magic. 

She wants contemporary YA, #ownvoices that explore the struggle between personal identity, family identity and culture, a YA fantasy that feels new, has great action and a romantic thread.

 Query her at QueryMe.Online/KellyDyksterhouse

 2)  Paige Terlip (Andrea Brown Literary Agency) is looking for all categories of children’s books from picture books to young adult, as well as select adult fiction and nonfiction. She is also looking for illustrators and author-illustrators and graphic novel illustrators.

She wants high concept novels with captivating hooks, snarky characters with hearts of gold, creative magic systems, complicated relationships, and found families. She likes well-plotted twists, being a little bit scared, and stories that explore the fluidity of gender and bring the queer experience to light.

On the adult side she's open to thrillers/psychological suspense, fantasy/sci-fi, upmarket fiction, cozy mysteries, as well as narrative nonfiction and self-help. She loves stories that make her feel a range of emotions, and a narrative that sticks with her long after she closes the book.

 Query her when she opens to submissions at Query Manager: QueryManager.com/PaigeTerlip 

3) LisaAmstutz – Storm Literary (Lisa is closed to submissions right now) But when she reopens, she is looking for nonfiction of all ages. She loves books with heart; science, agricultural and environmental topics; new insights on history, culture or the arts; strong characters and settings; humor; lyrical texts and multicultural themes. 

But you can query her colleague Michelle Hauck with middle grade,  young adult and some adult genres. She isn't accepting nonfiction, picture books of chapter books at this time. 

Query Michelle here 


 


 

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Valentine's Cake Pops and Cake

Valentine's Day Cake Pops to Decorate a Cake

I've been sitting at home for months now and haven't been able to spend time with my friends and from what I can see, I think we could all use a little. . . or  maybe a lot of . . .love so I thought I'd share one of my secret recipes...it's one that I really love, for cake pops. Plus, in this video I use cookies and cake pops to give my Valentine's (Galentine's) (Palentine’s) Day Cake a little extra pizazz! 

If you are interested in how I made these cake pops or the cookie pops, just click on the video link below to see how to do it. And, if you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below. 

And, Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope you have a super sweet day!

Valentine's Cookies and Homemade Basket

Happy Galentine's Day

Is anyone else baking for Valentine's Day? I love to bake, make and create and I have a neighbor who has been having a rough week, so I thought, "Why not celebrate Galentine's Day too?" 

I pulled out my flour, eggs, butter, baking powder, vanilla, sugar, white chocolate and a little lemon juice and went to work making cookies. But, then I needed to take the cookies over to her house and Portland, Oregon is in the middle of an ice/snow storm so I didn't want to attempt to go to the store to buy a gift bag or some wrapping paper. Instead, I pulled out a sheet of cardstock that was sitting around the house and created my own gift basket. 

DIY Paper Basket

If you'd like to see how I did it, simply click on the link below or go to my YouTube page (Kim Kasch) and search my videos for the latest one. 

Some  Yummy Valentine's Day Cookies

Friday, February 12, 2021

5 Literary Agents Looking for Manuscripts

 



Agents Representing MG and YA Fiction:

  

 

1.      Tasneem Motala of The Rights Factory is currently looking for character-driven MG and YA fiction, with or without a touch of magic, written by BIPOC authors.

 

Query link: https://querymanager.com/query/2005Query Submission (querymanager.com)

 

 

2.      Crystal Orazu of Context Literary is looking for middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction that explores interpersonal relationships amongst traditional/chosen family members and friends using either realistic or fantastical elements (especially from a first or second-gen immigrant perspective). Fun sleight of hand/heist/spy narratives like the Gallagher Girls series and darker stories along the lines of Coraline are also very welcome.

 

Query: short bio, and 5-10 pages inserted into the body of the email to querycrystal @ contextlit.com

 

3.      Margaret Danko of Paper OverBoard is looking for attention-grabbing voices especially #ownvoices narratives, literary fiction with teeth, historical fiction with a dash of magical realism, fresh literary and commercial suspense, spooky contemporary and fantasy YA, quirky and heartwarming family stories, and romcoms full of charm and whimsy. She is also interested in nonfiction in the areas of lifestyle, popular science, health/wellness, true crime, politics and current affairs.

 

Query: Margaret.submissions@ paperoverboard.com

Please list that you are submitting to Margaret in your email

 

4.      Emily Forney of Bookends Literary is looking for Picture Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult manuscripts.

 

See her page here: About Us - BookEnds Literary Agency

 

Query with your query letter, synopsis, and optional page samples to her  QueryManager  https://querymanager.com/emilyforney

 

You can also see her calls for submissions and wish list on Twitter @emilykaitlinnn

 

5.      Analieze Cervantes of Harvey Klinger Literary Agency is looking for sci-fi with a Dystopian feel (e.g. Divergent); contemporary romance); mystery (think Riverdale); paranormal but no zombies!; crime fiction; LGBTQ (love story); and thriller/suspense (cliffhangers, want to be on the edge of my seat).

 

Query: by sending your query letter, synopsis and the first five pages of your manuscript to her query manager at https://querymanager.com/query/AnaliezeCervantes