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Balancing time as a working author

Successful writers have mastered a key element of the writing process. It’s not characterization, or pacing, or voice, or outlining. All of those are important, but there’s an essential cornerstone that the best authors lay. Time management. When I give … Continue reading

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Hey writers, it’s harvest time

I live in farm country. Each spring is planting season here in central Illinois, and when fall rolls around it’s harvest season. But for writers, it’s planting and harvest season year-round. I know what you’re thinking. What are authors farming? … Continue reading

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Redefining ‘Sarah & Katy and the Book of Blank’

All year I’ve referred to “Sarah & Katy and the Book of Blank” as the sequel to “Sarah & Katy and the Imagination Blankets.” All year, I’ve been uncomfortable with that definition. While Book of Blank takes place in the … Continue reading

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Writers, we can’t put a price on the press (or maybe we can)

There are plenty of costs for the independent author. Like cover art. And editing. There’s inventory. And did I mention marketing and advertising expenses? The price can range from the hundreds to the thousands, depending on who we hire and … Continue reading

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It’s OK to be a member of the Childless Children’s Authors Club

Middle-grade author Maile Meloy made an important point in the New York Times Sunday Book Review last week. In an essay titled “Whose Side Are You On?” Meloy explores the idea of being a childless children’s author. ¬†Meloy muses: But … Continue reading

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My favorite tool as a kid lit writer

When I first embarked on the adventure of writing kid lit, I had little guidance. At first I thought it would be easy. After all, I knew my 7- and 8-year-old nieces. I knew their basic vocabulary and their interests. … Continue reading

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The value of “sprint” writing

For three days, I’ve been working toward completing the first draft of the next Sarah & Katy book. I specifically took three days off from the newspaper to write. The first day, I accomplished almost no writing. My only goal … Continue reading

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