Wise words about publishing and the author’s role / responsibility in spreading the word.
There is generally nothing you can do as an author (particularly a debut) to affect book sales in a way that matters. :: Jenny Elder Moke
“As for me, when he said I was special, I believed him. He made it okay to feel sad, scared, angry, or confused. Fred Rogers pastored me in his unique, kind, and gentle way. In a world where gentleness is often confused with weakness, it’s important to point out the difference. Mister Rogers may have been gentle, but he was certainly not weak.”
You Were a Child Once, Too :: Emily P. Freeman
Does this sound familiar? It’s become my theme for the year! You are not a machine. “Limitations. Accept that you have them, figure out what they are, and respect them as much as is reasonably possible in your reality. Try to avoid comparison. Remember you aren’t a machine and that creative writing isn’t an equation or piece of code.”
Accepting Your Limitations :: This Creative Life by Sara Zarr
Too old for picture books?
You’re missing out as an adult if you don’t read picture books :: Book Riot
So fun! I got to share a bit of writing advice on Avi’s blog.
Writing Tip: Caroline Starr Rose :: Avi
This is a really comprehensive look at how to write the (often dreaded) synopsis.
How to write a synopsis for a novel :: Nathan Bransford
Here’s a fun interview I did with author Dianne White: “With this book in particular, I knew I wanted it to be told in a number of voices. I wanted to see the story through the eyes of the main character, Jack, who works for the mysterious Dr. Kingsbury, but I also knew I wanted to hear and see the reactions of people who lived in the new town the doctor visited. I felt very strongly I didn’t want to have the doctor’s perspective included.”
Miraculous! :: ReaderKidZ