Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Thursday, April 8, 2021
voila we'd have a new bedroom thanks for the wall hanging bed. But it wasn't quite as easy as I thought it would be.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
If you're looking to submit your work to literary agents, you should always check out their website to see new updates, tips and hints about how they'd like you to submit your work to them. But, if you're looking for ideas of where to submit your work, here are five who are looking for new clients that you can research a little more on your own. And good luck to you.
“I represent, in general: Picture books, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Adult Fiction (as of 2020!), Graphic Novels, Quirky gift books, Devotionals for the Christian market, Books for both the general market, and the Christian market. “ Query Adria at this Link
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Writerly Wednesday - 5 Helpful Sites for Writers to Use on their Journey down the Path to Publication
I thought I would provide my writer friends with a list of helpful websites that I have used in the past and found them to be valuable resources. I used these links to help me organize queries, find agents to submit writing to, and some even helped me connect with other writers in the writing community.
My helpful links are:
I wish you all well on your journey down the path to publication.
Please let me know if you find these links helpful, as I would really like to find valuable resources for others to use to help them meet their goals and writing needs.
Monday, March 29, 2021
I made this Easter Bunny cake to celebrate the holiday with friends and family. I made the bunny out of fondant and painted the face with food coloring.
|Fondant being Rolled Out|
This is what the fondant looked like as I started rolling it out.
Then I started building the face.
|Making the Fondant Bunny|
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
1) Stephen Barbara
Agency: Inkwell Management – Top book genre: Children’s Books: Young Adult Fiction
Stephen is always drawn to compelling stories that marry quality writing to bold, imaginative concepts.
Email: submissions [at] inkwellmanagement [dot] com
2) Daniel Lazar
Agency: Writers House – Top book genre: Children’s Books: Middle Grade Fiction
Daniel is on the lookout for distinct fiction and great, lively non-fiction. He represents adult and children's books and focuses mainly on middle grade and YA. He loves stories that introduce him to new worlds -- or recreate ones he may already know. He especially loves historical fiction. For non-fiction, he enjoys history, memoirs, narrative non-fiction, all stripes and studies of pop-culture, and gifty books that make him smile. He’s a huge fan of graphic novels and memoirs, and is excited to hear from cartoonists of all backgrounds; illustrated or photography books are a specialty. He’s intrigued by any book with unique views on parenting and family life.
Email: dlazar [at] WritersHouse [dot] com
3) Holly McGhee
Agency: Pippin Properties – Top book genre: Children’s Books: Picture book
Holly McGhee only accepts exclusive queries and requires four weeks to consider.
Holly is dedicated to shepherding books that make a difference into the world.
Please check her website but email: ExclusivetoHolly [at] pippinproperties [dot] com
4) Kristin Nelson
Agency: Nelson Literary Agency – Top book genre: Children’s Books: Young Adult Fiction
Kristin is currently closed to submissions but check her website often to see if things change.
Her #MSWL includes:
Young adult novels that pack a serious or a delightful emotional punch delivered in a contemporary setting, #ownvoices, or in a past, future, or imagined world.
Middle grade novels full of heart, magical worlds, girl power, boy adventure, #ownvoices, brains over brawn.
5) Laura Rennert
Agency: Andrea Brown Literary Agency – Top book genre: Children’s Books: Young Adult Fiction
Laura gravitates toward gorgeously written, weirdly idiosyncratic, and refreshingly unexpected. The common threads in the projects Laura represents are conflicted, dynamic characters; a fresh, strong voice; an unusual point of view; and vivid world-building. She loves reimagined literary traditions that are captivatingly new. She loves books that play with commercial tropes, with surprising emotional depth.
Email: ljrennert [at] mac [dot] com
Monday, March 22, 2021
Friday, March 19, 2021
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Award-winning author Elizabeth Rusch sits down with me to talk about her new book, Zee Grows A Tree.
She also discusses what she needs to do as a writer, to write, revise and finally see a book come to press. If you'd like to see her book trailer for Zee Grows a Tree, check it out here: Zee Grows a Tree Book Trailer on Vimeo and for everyone who leaves a comment in the "comments" section below, you'll be entered into a book giveaway of Elizabeth Rusch's new book. I'll announce the winner next Wednesday on my Writerly Wednesday blog and the winner can message me to have their book delivered directly to their house.
So, check out the YouTube Interview here: https://youtu.be/BNlSLNx_NpQ
And, don't forget to comment below.
Monday, March 15, 2021
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
If you're writing and looking for an agent to represent you in the wonderful world of publishing, then there are a few hashtags you really should know about and use...to find your perfect match. Writing and finding your "perfect" agent is a lot like dating. You need to search in the right places, know what you're looking for, and what would make a good fit for you...and your prospective agent.
One of the critical hashtags for writers, illustrators and writer/illustrators is: #MSWL
This stands for Manuscript Wish List. Agents and even editors use this hashtag on Twitter to let you know what sort of stories they are searching their slush piles for.
It's sort of like going to a dating site and reading a bio about your prospective new Honey. You'll want to know if the person likes long walks on the beach or if they prefer to sit on the couch and watch a rousing game of football...or perhaps tennis.
#MSWL tells you all this information - (specifically related to stories, characters, voice, submission methods, etc.) and what the agent/editor prefers plus much more. It can't be understated how helpful this one simple hashtag can be, because when you want to make a love connection (for your story or illustrations) this is the quick shortcut to finding out all the scoop on the person you're going to be sharing your "baby" with.
But this isn't the only hashtag that will help you find a connection out in the world of publishing. And, I'm sure you're not only looking for an agent. You might want to find like minded people who love reading, writing and simply supporting one another in this lonesome journey down the path toward publication.
So, if you're looking to make a connection with your writing community, you might want to try the hashtag #writingcommunity on Twitter. You will find more people than you could find at a beach on a hot summer day, and these people will most likely have a lot more in common with you than those swimsuit clad beachcombers.
There are many more helpful hashtags a writer and/or illustrator can use to find a Love (or even Like) connection. But these two will get you going on the Write Track ;D So, what's stopping you? Start hashtagging away. And, if you have a few more helpful hashtags you use, why don't you share them down in the comments section? We can all work together to help build this writing and illustrating community of ours.
So, until next Wednesday, "Write On!"
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
There are many tips, tricks and hints to getting published and you can find differing points of view any place you look but here is a golden nugget I received early on in my writing career and it's very similar to Nike's motto of "Just Do It". The tip is not to worry about finding an agent, getting published or even how you're going to market the book and brand yourself. The best tip I ever got was:
"Write the BOOK!"
Nothing else matters until you have a "product" to publish. You shouldn't worry over word count, fret over format or stress over sequence. Just write the book. It will definitely need to be read-over, revised and re-revised before its ready. So, don't get hung up on the small stuff. Until you have pages to read, you don't have anything to work with.
I've written or maybe I should say I've had 5 books published-one is even on audible. But, I've written many more than 5 books. The truth is not everything we write will ever see the light of a printing press, publishing house or book store.
But don't worry about that. Just Write the Book! No matter what, you'll be polishing and perfecting your craft, building a better brand, and working to create a truly beautiful book.
And here's one more tip, which applies to life as well as to writing:
Attitude is Everything
Remember telling a story is all about a journey, and we should all take the time to enjoy our own trip down the path to publication. Writers are creative people and most creative people are bound to suffer some rejection - but it's what we do with the experience that molds us into the storytellers and people we become.
I'm not saying you have to enjoy rejection - that would be impossible - at least for me but we can all learn something from our experiences in life.
Remember falling down is an accident - staying down is a choice.
When you receive a rejection, don't let it keep you down. Consider any helpful feedback, process it and then move on. But most important off all, Just
Write the Book!
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
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.
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 Day Cake Pops to Decorate a Cake|
|Happy Galentine's Day|
|DIY Paper Basket|
|Some Yummy Valentine's Day Cookies|
Friday, February 12, 2021
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
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.
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
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Does anyone else like to prepare special meals for the holidays? Well, I like to prepare fun, fancy meals the entire week. These pork chops were what I prepared tonight.
See how simple it is to make an ordinary dinner seem special, simply by getting the "right" cut of meat?
I also like to use a little food coloring in my mashed potatoes, and add a fun and festive alcoholic beverage to our nighttime meal to make it all the merrier.
I added a few spices to these pork chops to heat them up. I used a sprinkling of Turmeric because why not add a little color with some potent antioxidants at the same time?
If you've never heard of Turmeric, it's the spice that gives curry its yellow color and has been used in India for thousands of years as a medicinal herb and spice.
And as I age, one of the things I really appreciate about Turmeric is its proclaimed ability to improve joint and bone health while reducing inflammation. Plus, it has been tested as a cancer-fighting spice. And most important of all, it has been shown to be an effective antidepressant (and couldn't we all use that about now?)
If you've spent the last year in lockdown writing that perfect story and you're ready to start submitting your work to literary agents, you might want to take a look at this boutique literary agency. She's been around since 2004, so she has the experience you're looking for: Kathryn Green's agency
On her website, you'll see she says, "... I have purposely kept my list small. I am happy to consider all types of fiction but particularly like historical fiction, cozy mysteries, young adult and middle grade. For non-fiction I am interested in memoir, parenting, humor with a pop culture bent, and history. Quirky non- fiction is also a particular favorite."
She represents: Upmarket fiction, cozy mysteries, young adult and middle grade fiction, non-fiction (the quirkier, the better), and true crime. But she doesn't accept Science fiction/fantasy, children’s picture books, screenplays or poetry.