Constantin Stanislovski once said, “Love the art in yourself, and not yourself in the art.” He was talking about theater, of course, but the same can be said of any art form. When applied to novelists, I think the difference comes down to writing vs. publishing, because writing and publishing are, in fact, two different […]
This post will go live 5 minutes before the session begins. To ask a question, leave a comment below! The panel will start 5 minutes late to accommodate some technical difficulties! Andrea J Loney’s picture book Bunnybear, (Albert Whitman & Company, January 2017) is about a bear who believes in his heart that he’s really […]
“So, what do you write?” For writers at kidlit workshops, conferences and other events, this is the number one ice-breaker (not that writers need ice-breakers, of course, we’re all charmingly extroverted). In general, for both fiction and non-fiction, I’ve only ever heard three common responses: “I write picture books,” “I write middle-grade” and/or “I write […]
The names are found on the shelves in our bookstores: Science fiction. Fantasy. Mystery. Horror. Romance. Broad, familiar indicators, meant to communicate to the reader what it is that they are about to pick up. They know that if they choose a horror book, it will likely try to frighten them. If they pick up […]
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If you’ve been around kidlit for a while — “a while,” in this case, need only be five or six years — you’ll remember the quick and enthusiastic rise of New Adult fiction. Considering the energy that buoyed conversations at the time, its current obscurity is remarkable and a little bewildering. What happened? The answer, […]
This post will go live 5 minutes before the session begins. To participate in the Q&A, post your questions below! Jess Keating is the author of the acclaimed middle grade trilogy My Life is A Zoo (Sourcebooks 2014), which earned two starred reviews, as well the playful nonfiction picture book PINK IS FOR BLOBFISH (Knopf […]
Some years ago, I was asked to give a talk about what I laughably call ‘the writing process’ to a group of psychotherapists and psychiatrists at a Scottish university. This was a rather unusual request; my normal audience tends to be either in diapers or recently graduated to kindergarten, so to actually be able to […]
This post will go live 5 minutes before the session begins. To participate in the Q&A, post your questions below! Dr. Uwe Stender is the Founder of Triada US Literary Agency and a Full Member of the AAR (Association of Authors’ Representatives).
Choose a day job that benefits your writing career every day As writers, at some point we all have to choose the dreaded day job. For some, that might mean working at a coffee shop or waiting tables, but if you have to work to support your passion, why not chose a day job that […]