Meg Miller's ReviMo 2016 comes to a conclusion with lots of great prizes. It was a fast-paced week of revision and I kept my BIC! Thank you, Meg, for the inspiration, fabulous blog guests, and all your hard work to make revision a happy process :)
RYS is open for registration. I became a member last year and I'm glad I did. RYS has qualified individuals who will critique your manuscripts and give you honest feedback. Visit their website and learn about their services and giveaways. If you want to start the new year off with a gift to yourself, this would be a great one.
PiBoIdMo 2015 sent me on the chase for 30 ideas or more for PB's. I found those 30 ideas thanks to the guest bloggers who inspired, gave great tips and fab examples. The community of the writing folks is always present, cheering each other on as we search life for kid friendly stories. A BIG SHOT OUT to our fearless leader, Tara Lazar!! Thank you, Tara, for all your hard work to keep our incentives moving forward.
October and Susanna Leonard Hill's Halloweensie Contest is trick or treating with a story hop. Join the crowd and find Halloween fright and fun. Contest begins October 26th at 12AM and ends October 30th at midnight. Stir the caldron and meet the spooks on Halloween night!
Halloween morning and Arabella, the house spider, skittered up the living room curtain.
In the corner of a window, she wove a silky web as fine as Venetian lace.
Her eyes sparkled as she scurried to gather...
glossy yellow buttons...
and twinkling lights.
She twisted, curled, and twined her treasures into a creation with...
an orange sequined body...
glistening yellow eyes, nose, and mouth...
and lights shimmering like stars in the sky.
As darkness folded over the old haunted house...
costumed children giggled...
happy eyes danced...
tiny fingers pointed...
to Arabella’s pumpkin web.
Registration for PiBoIdMo 2015 will open on October 25th at taralazar.com. When you get there, click “blog” in the menu bar or type “registration” in the search bar in the left column.) Registration will remain open through November 5th. What is PiBoIdMo? Why, it's Picture Book Idea Month!
I just finished Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann's Course: From Prose to Pictures to Publication. This is a terrific workshop offered by Jodell Sadler at Kidlit College. It was refreshing to see Candace's writing process and Eric's fab illustrations. Together, they explored the PB form with great examples and tips. Each of the 4 weeks, they gave a webinar and opened up for question and answers. If you are up to honing your skills or finding answers, this is the course for you. Check it out: http://www.kidlitcollege.com
I've returned from an inspiring week of inspiration and community. I want to thank Kristen and Rusty Fulton for making this week special for all the attendees. A shout out to Jackie Wellington for all her help, too. Besides beautiful scenery, the lodge offered 3 meals a day filled with a selection for all diets. If you would like to attend the retreat in 2016, please check out www.weekofwritingretreat.com.
Each day we had guest speakers. I would like to thank Candace Fleming, Angie Karcher, Kristen Fulton, Ariel Richardson, Heather Alexander, Kendra Marcus, Minju Chang, Denise Fleming, Diana Aston, Sally Apokadak, Jodell Sadler, Linda Skeers, and Laura Whitaker for their insightful advice and tips. Critiques are available for a price. If you are wanting sound advice and fresh eyes this is a good way to go. Round table critiques are part of the schedule. Seats fill fast for this retreat so check it out now.
I recently attended Jodell Sadler's pacing course. She gives excellent tools to make your manuscript sing with words, rhyme, and pacing skills. She gives four critiques within the course so you walk away with a strong footing for your story. Included in the course are examples of what books are succeeding in the publishing world. These are fine examples to use as mentor texts. Considerate and attentive to your needs, she helps guide you with the expertise of a writer, artist and agent. You can check out the course here:
I enjoy sharing who and what is new in the world of children's literature. Glad you stopped in to visit.