Beta Readers: Facts, Grammar, Plot, Character and More

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Thanks to the computer industry, we no longer have first readers, we have beta readers. Early versions of software that engineers expect to be riddled with problems were called beta versions. Beta is the second letter in the Greek alphabet, so presumably, the alpha versions were kept all in-house. Betas were the first public versions […]

Continuity Goofs: Avengers, Hunger Games and Your Novel

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When my picturebook, The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman was first published, I lied to my mother-in-law. When she saw this image of Tameka writing a letter to her Uncle Ray, my MIL noticed that Tameka was left-handed. I told her that I asked the illustrator, Joe Cepeda especially to make her left handed like […]

Audiofile Reviews Kell, the Alien Audiobook

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Totally exciting! Audiofile Magazine has reviewed Kell, the Alien, the first book in The Aliens, Inc. Series! Doing alien voices gives narrator Josiah John Bildner a fun challenge. When the Smith family’s spaceship crashes to Earth, they’re forced to live and talk like Earthlings. Bildner skillfully renders the conversations between Kell, now a third-grader, and […]

Ban Cliches: How to Stand Out in Today’s Crowded Market

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The number one rejection I hear is this: “The story doesn’t stand out in today’s crowded market.” The SCBWI is creating an opportunity for illustrators to test their art and how it holds up in today’s market. Each month, the “Draw This” monthly art prompt will provide a word for members to illustrate. For years […]

Top 20 Middle Grade Agents: 129 Sales in the Last 12 Months

What agents are selling middle grade novels? Publishersmarketplace.com does a great job of monitoring the business of selling manuscripts to publishers. If you’re looking for an agent, you’ll want to spend a lot of time there doing research on agents to find the perfect match for you and your stories. Here’s just one way to […]

Top 20 Picture Book Agents: 234 Sales in the Last 12 Months

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What agents are selling picture books? Publishersmarketplace.com does a great job of monitoring the business of selling manuscripts to publishers. If you’re looking for an agent, you’ll want to spend a lot of time there doing research on agents to find the perfect match for you and your stories. Here’s just one way to look […]