• Pitch Wars: The Inside Scoop

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    Guest blog by Elle Evans (Twitter: @ElleEvansWrites) It's Intense! It’s pretty much impossible to tackle any huge undertaking without help. Landing on the moon, running a country, or—writing a good book. Sometimes it takes an online village, as the saying should go. As an aspiring children’s book author, this year I went looking for some serious help ...

  • 2017 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book

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    LITTLE ROCK, AR – December 13, 2016 — For 100 days in 2012, a Johnson jumping spider (Phiddipus johnsonii) circled Earth while aboard the International Space Station. She circled the Earth 1584 times, traveling about 41,580,000 miles. When author Darcy Pattison heard the story, she researched and wrote a children’s picture book, Nefertiti, the Spidernaut: ...

  • Oldest Bird in World Lays Egg – Age 66

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    Wisdom, the Midway Albatross is Back! PW Starred Review. In 2012, I wrote the story of the oldest bird in the world and how she survived the 2011 Japanese tsunami. At that time, she was almost 60 years old and had lived far beyond the 25 years expected of Laysan albatrosses. Each November/December, when the ...

  • Interviews: Research for Fiction and Nonfictoin

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    The next time you need information for your story, fiction or nonfiction, pick up the phone. Internet and library research only takes you so far. Sooner or later, you need an expert that means a phone interview. Here's how to prepare for the interview, conduct the interview and use the interview. First, think about how you like ...

  • Mentor a Writer: Lessons from Biking

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    How are learning to ride a bike and learning to write great novels alike? Today's post is an extended metaphor on my experiences with both. Writing Mentors: What's the Minimum Your Writer Needs? Let me start with the end in sight. This photo shows me in the middle of a 25 mile ride this weekend. 25 Miles! ...

  • Main Character: Who is Your Protagonist?

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    A basic question for every story is this: Who is the main character? Today, many novels alternate POV characters, especially in first person. Or, the novel has an assemblage of characters. This rarely works because the reader needs to have some home base from which to view the story. The choice of a main character affects ...