Can I hear an "Ohhhhh?"
Macy has spent her whole life trying to make a special (furry) friend.
Now she has one.
November is a busy month for lots of writers. Some participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month--50,000 words in one month) and others participate in PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month--30 new picture book ideas in one month). I've been dabbling a little in both. I'm thinking I'm going to have to commit to one or the other, as my brain seems to be skipping around.
Last weekend I went to the SCBWI-MO conference and had the honor of being critiqued by Quinlan Lee from the Adams Literary Agency. I submitted my picture book manuscript; Operation Pied Piper to her (you can read the blurb for it on my completed manuscripts page). As always, I like to share a little of what I learned.
- At 659 words, it is the perfect length for a picture book. (big smile)
- Has great details and voice. (huge smile)
- Interesting time in history. (big smile)
- A historical fiction is a hard sale for a debut author. (hmmmm) Try writing something more commercial, quirky, fun first.
- Story leaves you hanging...not enough action. (yep, I knew that)
- Would the story be better if it was told through a different character's eyes. (OMGoodness...I was just thinking that!)
- Consider making it into a middle grade novel. (Yay! I've already started writing it and am on chapter 7.)
I have to say Quinlan was lovely and very supportive. Her presentation to the whole group was outstanding. If you have the opportunity to interact with her at a conference, go for it. She is super friendly and a delightful speaker. She even took some extra time to visit with my dear friend Susan.
This is the Pals part of my post...
My wonderful bloggy friend Sheri Larsen has been working furiously on picture books this month! If you don't know Sheri you should hop over and check her out. She has a great site full of useful information for writers of all genres, plus she's wicked cool!
If you haven't entered my giveaway for Susan Kaye Quinn's new book OPEN MINDS hop over and leave a comment. I'll announce who the winner is on my November 17th post.
Everybody's pal (and picture book writer) Robyn Campbell has been sick all week...so if you get a chance to hop over and give her a virtual hug I'm sure she'd appreciate it.
Are you participating in NaNo or PiBo this year?
Do you have a pet that you love more than chocolate?
Thanks for stopping in and hugs to all!!!