Revision Tips from Pat Zietlow Miller

Revision Tips from Pat Zietlow Miller

Before I share a few things I learned in a seminar from Pat, I want to encourage you to keep your eyes open for free online writing seminars. Sure, some of them will have minimal content and are mostly just a segway to try to sell you something else, but I have also...
Time to Rhyme???

Time to Rhyme???

One of the most frequent topics discussed in writing conferences is writing in rhyme. Some people say “DO NOT WRITE IN RHYME!!! You will have a terrible time selling your manuscript.” Others say “Rhyming books are making a comeback!” Still,...
Writing Through Tough Times

Writing Through Tough Times

This is a topic that has been on my mind for the past several days. Over the past year, life has been extra challenging as my 10-year-old daughter battled an eating disorder. In May things went from bad to worse when she began to restrict water and liquids and ended...
SCBWI Michigan Conference

SCBWI Michigan Conference

Your Story Start To Finish April 23-25, 2021 Michigan SCBWI hosted a virtual conference “Your Story Start To Finish”. It was a high-quality conference full of valuable content (I wrote about 60 pages of notes!). Over the past couple of weeks, I have tried...
I am on a Podcast! How fun is this?

I am on a Podcast! How fun is this?

In March I was approached by Michael John Sullivan to do an interview for his podcast channel: Magical Books for Kids Podcast Host Michael John Sullivan interviews beloved children’s book authors who sometimes read from their favorite childhood books. This podcast is...
SPRING FLING 2021 KIDLIT CONTEST

SPRING FLING 2021 KIDLIT CONTEST

DO NOT CATCH A LEPRECHAUN By Jamie Bills BEFORE St. Patrick’s Day, my teacher said, “You should make a leprechaun trap.”   BEFORE St. Patrick’s Day, I thought it was a good idea.   I wish I could go back to BEFORE.   BEFORE I made the trap.   BEFORE I caught a...