I’m thrilled that my middle-grade fantasy, QUEST FOR THE KALEVALA, was selected to participate in April’s #PitchSlam contest. In addition to the outpouring of support from the writing community, I got expert feedback on my first page. Thanks to that feedback and yet another round of revision, the critical first page of my story has the high polish it needs.
Thank you to everyone who made this contest possible! Your dedication to paying it back to the writing community is much appreciated!
One of the great things about our recent repatriation is the wealth of conferences, festivals, and other book- and writing-related events available in the Western Washington region. So I was thrilled to attend Western Washington University’s 2015 Children’s Literature Festival in Bellingham, Washington in February.
I shared some moments of inspiration in my Love-Letter to Children’s Books over on From the Mixed-Up Files.
I’m so pleased to announce that I’ve been invited to join the talented group of MG authors who blog at From the Mixed-Up Files of…Middle-Grade Authors. Not only do they pay regular homage to one of my all-time favorite children’s books, but they’re a fantastic community of folks who are just as passionate about middle-grade as I am. My first post comes out in mid-December, so watch this space!
I’m guest blogging over at Book Country today about my National Novel Writing Month preparation method. I call it the Five-Line Outline and it’s for people who would rather write by the seat of their pants than do in-depth outlining and other preparation before the creative part starts.
I’m so pleased, amazed, and proud to announce that my middle-grade novel Finding Gib was chosen as one of the forty finalists in #PitchSlam, an agent-pitching contest that took place this month. Take a look at my #PitchSlam entry or those of my wonderful Crimson Ink teammates. Thank you so much to the organizers of this amazing contest and to the slush readers whose feedback was so, so helpful!