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PiBoIdMo (almost) Halfway Report

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Picture Books, Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

PiBoIdMo (almost) Halfway Report

On Nov 6, I talked about participating in PiBoIdMo (the brainchild of author Tara Lazar) and I thought I’d let you know how it’s going so far. I’ve been able to come up with an idea every day, but it hasn’t always been easy. Which cracks me up because one of the first questions I usually get at school visits is “Where do you get your ideas?”and my answer has always been–from everywhere! Something I hear from a friend or family member, something I’ve read, something one of my kids has said or one...

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Picture Book Ideas–I’m Going For It!

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Picture Books, Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Picture Book Ideas–I’m Going For It!

Picture book author, Tara Lazar, started Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) in response to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The great thing is you just have to come up with one idea (not an entire story) per day. Of course, the plan is to have a few manuscripts result from these ideas, but we don’t have to flesh those out unless we’re inspired. I decided to do it this year and I’m excited so far. See that pic of my blank calendar below? I printed that on Friday. It has been filled in with five...

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Receiving “Bad” News: To Wallow or Welcome?

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Receiving “Bad” News: To Wallow or Welcome?

You may or may not have noticed that I put the word “bad” in quotation marks. You may have figured out that I did that because one person’s bad news is another person’s good news…or if not good news exactly, then perhaps an opportunity to learn something or respond in a different way. In my October 16 post “Eyes on the Writing Prize,” I mentioned how my royalty statements used to bum me out, but I’ve been able to let go of those reactions for the most part. I label and file the statements and...

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Measuring Up as a Writer

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 4 comments

Measuring Up as a Writer

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt I heard this recently and found myself nodding vigorously in agreement. I was remembering back before I got published when I subscribed to Publisher’s Lunch, where I would receive in my In Box news of new acquisitions along with the type of deal it was (using ranges for the size of the advance). I’d also hear about which books had sold tons of foreign rights, film rights, etc. Every time I read of a new deal, I felt that much more inadequate. It didn’t...

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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...

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