From the Fiction Notes Blog — Believe in Your Story! –Tips, Strategies and Techniques to Improve Your Story


Continuity Goofs: Avengers, Hunger Games and Your Novel

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

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 […]

2009 World Beard and Mustache Competition. Does that beard spell out B-E-A-R-D?

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

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 […]