Darcy Pattison, author and Indie Publisher


Fiction Notes blog has provided writers with tips, strategies and inspiration since 2007. Our motto is “Believe in Your Story.” Storyteller, writing teacher, Queen of Revisions, children’s book author and founder of Mims House publisher, Darcy Pattison has recently been motivated by zombies (which helped her meet a goal of running a 5K) and chocolate (which keeps her young). Always active, before her tenth birthday, she (almost) climbed the Continental Divide, turning back at the last 20 yards because it was too steep and great climbing shoes hadn’t been invented yet. This year, she biked in Poland and hiked the Rockies (her first 14-er! Made it to 13.). On her bucket list is kayaking the Napali Coast, eating curry in Bombay, and catching a glimpse of a puma in South America.

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In 1999, she created the Novel Revision Retreat, which she has taught across the nation. Passionate authors at those retreats taught Darcy the power of story, and how an author’s passion can carry a career.





18 responses to “About”

  1. I read The Journey of Oliver k.
    Woodman yesterday for the first
    time. I loved it!!!! My media
    specialist suggested it as she
    knew that I was assisting with the
    Flat Stanley project. I think
    an Oliver K. Woodman adventure
    would be “way more” fun!

    Sandy Rijs
    Enrichment Specialist

  2. Thanks! Be sure to check out Oliver’s new Flickr site. The paperback version of The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman comes out in May and we are hoping that teachers will like the idea of doing a collective and interactive map of photos of Oliver.



  3. […] Children’s book author and writing teacher Darcy Pattison understands the writing process from the inside out. She is the author of The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman (Harcourt), which received starred reviews in Kirkus and Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books and was included on the Best Book of the Year lists from Child magazine and Nick Jr. Family Magazine. MORE About Darcy Pattison […]

  4. […] Other picture books include The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman (Harcourt), which received an Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature Honor Book award, starred reviews in BCCB and Kirkus, and has been published in a Houghton Mifflin textbook; Searching for Oliver K. Woodman (Harcourt); 19 Girls and Me (Philomel); and 11 Ways to Ruin a Photograph (Mims House), winner of “The Help” Children’s Story Contest. Her series, The ALIEN, INC. CHAPTER BOOK SERIES (Mims House) includes Kell, the Alien; Kell and the Horse Apple Parade; Kell and the Giants; and Kell and the Detectives (March, 2015). She is also the author of middle grade novels and teaches nationally a Novel Revision Retreat. For more, see darcypattison.com/about […]

  5. I’m looking forward to reading what you consider the top literary agents for picture books.

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