Category Archives: A writer’s life

It feels good to be known

I was recognized today. When you are a writer, that’s important. Even when, no especially when, another author knows your name. I attended a writing workshop at the Northbrook, Illinois public library about crafting YA characters.  The library holds a … Continue reading

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Finding a Literary Agent

This post is a response to a question about how I got an agent, from someone about to start the process of searching for one of their own. The timing on was excellent. I have been commissioned to create a … Continue reading

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Revision is a Bitch

Revision is a bitch, with a capital B! I once wrote a post about the differences between revising and editing a manuscript at (https://romancingthegenres.blogspot.com/2015/08/revision-and-editing.html) Those actions require two different skill sets and produce two different levels of pain. Revision means … Continue reading

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What if you gave a contest and nobody came?

For the record, the title of this blog is meant to be a hook. Authors know what I mean, that thing good novels use to capture a reader’s attention. In reality, the contest I am going to tell you about … Continue reading

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Contest winners

Here are the winners of my contest, two fresh author/illustrator faces who won free tuition for the Illinois SCBWI conference, Prairie Writers and Illustrators Day,  Nabeeh Bilal and Jill Kuanfung. Both will be my guests at this year’s conference.   … Continue reading

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Illinois Writers and Illustrators conference scholarship

On November 5, the Illinois chapter of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is having its annual conference, Prairie Writer’s and Illustrator’s Day. The one-day conference is held at the Wojcik Conference Center, at Harper College in … Continue reading

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Even if no one paid me

I laughingly call writing my sub-minimum wage job. Counting the time involved in coming up with an idea, writing the first draft, revising, editing and creating a dozen or more successive drafts, gnawing at my fingernails, sleep-walking and dreaming the … Continue reading

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SCBWI Prarie Writers and Illustrators Day Diversity session

Today I am off at Harper college in Palatine, Illinois for SCBWI’s annual Prairie Writer’s and Illustrators day, a conference for filled with authors, illustrators, editors and agents. There are contests, workshop sessions, portfolio reviews, and general information sharing and … Continue reading

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Writer’s group farewell

I am about to be completely, almost scary honest.  I’m an author, and I belong to multiple writing groups, we share our work, do critiques, give feedback, share tips and all that stuff. Last night I attended my very last … Continue reading

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End of Year School visit

On Friday I traveled the 144 miles to Bloomington Illinois to meet with freshmen at Bloomington High School. I was invited by Keran Johnson, the school’s retiring Library Media Specialist (she’s in full countdown mode).  We met last fall when … Continue reading

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