Category Archives: Publishing

New Year! Same Goals!

This weekend I’ll be packing my bags to return to VCFA, also known as Hogwarts. Can’t wait to be reunited with this group of amazing and talented writers. Really excited for my first Focus Workshop: Writing the Other taught by … Continue reading

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Super Hero Writers

Last weekend Super Heros flew to Chicago to gather for SCBWI Prairie Writers & Illustrators Day. This year my conference posse grew from two writers to four, including one of my VCFA classmates. We happened to sit in the Maw-ha-ha section … Continue reading

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Wild, Wild Midwest

Last weekend 500 Wild, Wild Midwest children’s authors and illustrators gathered in Chicago for the SCBWI regional conference. The faculty list was a who’s who of awesome children’s authors, featuring keynote speeches by Lisa Cron, Sarah Aronson, Linda Sue Park, … Continue reading

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Sample Illustrations

Where has Jennifer been for the past two months? Attached to my new digital drawing pad. It’s become a third limb. After only three hours of online webinars on how to use Manga Studio 5, I’ve reached below average functionality … Continue reading

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Writing Characters Who Don’t Look Like You

Last weekend my critique partner and I journeyed into Chicago for SCBWI Prairie Writer’s Day. Once again it was an event filled with awesome people in the publishing industry (or aspiring to be), invaluable knowledge, and heaps of inspiration. This … Continue reading

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The Heart of the Story

This week Jennifer Lynn Barnes published The Fixer, hyped as a YA version of Scandal. As a fan girl of both Jennifer’s books and all political thriller TV shows, I immediately pre-ordered my copy. I’m probably curled up in my … Continue reading

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Query Time

My YA manuscript about a teenage con artist who lives the same year over and over to pull off perfect crimes has been completed and copyedited for weeks, but I’ve hesitated to actually submit it. Creating a story is a … Continue reading

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Prairie Writer’s Day 2014

Last weekend my critique partner and I trekked to Chicago for the annual SCBWI Prairie Writer’s Day to glean wisdom from a group of awesome editors and agents. Each year we come home feeling we learned less than the year … Continue reading

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Summer Slacking Ends Here!

The summer slacker has officially taken over, keeping me away from the blog (and grown-up responsibilities) for almost a month.  Where has the time gone?  My family has been busy celebrating the 4th of July, camping, and taking every opportunity … Continue reading

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Birthing A Book

Many authors liken their writing projects to babies, feeling unconditional love for the story they created.   As they prepare to birth their book into the world, they can be as rational as a pregnant woman, and every bit as convinced … Continue reading

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