Through Your Lens: 4 Strengths of Your Writing

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Reading would be boring, except for the person behind the writing. YOU make it interesting. Your voice. Even the federal government recognizes the importance of YOU: ideas can't be copyrighted, rather, the particular expression of an idea. What you copyright is your voice. You. This means several things: Voice. As you write, be aware of your particular ways ...

Advice for Younger Writers

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Guest post from Dori Butler What advice would you give to your younger self? I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Always. But wanting to be a writer is probably a lot like wanting to be a baseball player. Or a movie star. A lot of people want it, but most will settle for something else. One thing ...

Between Projects

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I am between projects. I don't have a WIP. No work in progress and not sure what to do next? One novel is being read by friends and it may have a major flaw that will mean gutting part of it. We'll see. Another novel is making its way into the publishing world. We'll have to wait ...

First Contract Advice

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Last weekend, I was in Chandler, Oklahoma, a sleepy little town on the old Route 66. I didn't get much sleep, though, because I was there to teach a Picture Book Retreat. Here are reports from Sara, Susan Meyers, and Leeth. Also, check out the Okie Book Woman, who added lots of photos of ...

Career in Writing

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What does a career in writing look like? Take these examples: Author A: Has served in a leadership role for a writing organization for many years and is an inspiration to many people. She has published three picture books with major publishers. But in the end, she hates the sales and marketing part of ...