Friday, June 28, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
In content and style, MONTY fits between "Saving Audie: A Pit Bull Puppy Gets a Second Chance” Walker and Co. 2011 and "Winter's Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again" Scholastic 2009 (feature film 2011).
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The Next Big Thing: Laurisa White Reyes is known by her writing friends as "the one with five kids." The most common question she's asked is "how do you find time to write?" to which she replies, "I don't. So I have to make time." After earning her B.A. in creative writing too many years ago than she cares to remember, she spent more than a decade writing for magazines and newspapers, and even worked two years as an editor for a small press. She gave up all that six years ago to live her dream of writing novels. Her first book, The Rock of Ivanore, published in 2012 with Tanglewood Press, began as bedtime stories for her son. The sequel, The Last Enchanter, comes out this October. Laurisa lives in Southern California with her family, 5 fish, 4 birds, 2 turtles, 2 bearded dragons, 1 dog, and a partridge in a pear tree.
Her next book is The Last Enchanter
Monday, June 17, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Tarantino - you can criticize everything that Quentin does - but nobody writes Tarantino stuff like Tarantino. He is the best Tarantino writer there is, and that was actually the thing that people responded to - they’re going ‘this is an individual writing with his own point of view’.
There are better writers than me out there, there are smarter writers, there are people who can plot better - there are all those kinds of things, but there’s nobody who can write a Neil Gaiman story like I can.”
― Neil Gaiman
Monday, June 10, 2013
Friday, June 7, 2013
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
I just finished reading "The USP: What is it, and why do you needs it, my preciousss?" by Christian Schoon, posted today at Adventures in YA & Children's Publishing.
Schoon discusses finding your USP, Unique Selling Proposition, and honing it to the perfection required by agents and editors. Yes, you've probably heard this before. I have. But it's worth considering at every step of the writing/editing/submitting process regardless of the audience--children, YA or adult. Schoon's light conversational tone makes the read fun even while he's making some important points and providing information that is worth serious attention.