Posts by Denise Vega

Eyes on the Prize…Always

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Eyes on the Prize…Always

October is royalty month for some publishers (along with April). When my first book was published and had earned out its advance before it was even released due to sub-rights sales, I loved royalty month. It meant getting a check for which I’d already done the work. How cool was that? But after other books were published and sales were only okay, those months became an exercise in feeling bad. I dreaded opening the big envelope from my agent. I’d feel a knot in my stomach as I looked at the numbers and have thoughts like “I’m a failure” and “These...

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Karaoke and Creativity

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 1 comment

Karaoke and Creativity

Last Saturday night I went out to celebrate my baby sister’s birthday. Because she’s 17 years younger than me (hence, the “baby” in “baby sister”), the festivities started at 8 (remember those days, any of you who are 45+? College parties started at 9 or later. Whoa.). We met at El Charrito Bar in downtown Denver, known for some serious karaoke and then they were going to another bar for dancing (I had to pass on part 2, much as I love to shake my bootie.) I had been out late the night before at a Tom Petty/Steve Winwood concert at Red Rocks, so I was in...

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Revision Phobia: Letting Go

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Fade Away, Novels, Revision | 4 comments

Revision Phobia: Letting Go

I always tell people how much I love revision and I do. I love that I have something to work with. I love all the new ideas and possibilities for the story. It’s exciting and invigorating. But now that I’m in it, here’s what I know about revision: It means letting go. And maybe that’s why it’s taken me so long to really get started on my revisions for FADE AWAY (besides also dealing with some life stuff and working on a board book manuscript). Oh, I’ve been mulling over the comments and the conversation with my agent and taking some notes but I...

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2014 SCBWI LA Conf – Fantasy Tips

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

2014 SCBWI LA Conf – Fantasy Tips

I wrote a little bit about the conference on my critique group’s blog–the wild writers. There I focused mostly on YA and New Adult. Here I’d like to share some thoughts from the two intensives I attended. The morning session was with Executive Editor Krista Marino (Delacorte Press/Random House) on world building. She asked us to send a brief paragraph about our world and any rules of magic which I had to come up with on the spot since I only had five pages written  :-). First we went through 10 elements to know about our world. Here are three that really got me thinking: Is...

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Premature Sending: Give Your Story Time

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Picture Books | 4 comments

Premature Sending: Give Your Story Time

Last February when I was at the SCBWI New York Conference, I received an exciting e-mail from my agent saying that a publisher was interested in my toddler rhyming manuscript, but thought it would work better as a series and did I have any ideas for one? My answer: Of course not—but I’d come up with one! I noodled a bit on a few things and then, when I was going to bed, I asked my subconscious to please come up with a series idea by morning. It obliged and I developed an idea for the different things a toddler might experience throughout the day. We pitched the series idea to...

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