Submission Tracking

After market research I would take out another photocopied sheet and I’d note the who, what, when and where to send it. I’d put together a query letter with a paragraph to clearly show I had looked through past issues of their magazine. Sometimes I would mention an article well done. I’d put a note on the sheet of paper as the submission and SASE dropped into the mailbox. This is how I tracked my submissions. I’d make a note to myself when time ran out and I assumed I ended up in slush and went to the next publication on my list.

He Said, She Said

What makes dialogue believable? Strong dialogue often makes the difference between stories that catch an agent or editor’s eye and those that don’t. You want your dialogue to be among the best, which means you need it to be believable. Join us on Wednesday and we discuss 5 TIPS ON WRITING DIALOGUE While you are […]

That’s Not How I Remember It!

“Dude, like no way. That’s not the way I remember it – at all. You can’t be saying that.” May is Memoir Month at The Writers Chat Room. Come visit on Sunday as we talk about memory. Should you share with family and friends, especially during your first draft? When does a memory become more […]

Join us throughout the month of May as we focus on Memoir Writing

Wednesday and Sunday we will talk about what defines a memoir. How does it differ from a personal essay or an autobiography? When does a Memoir slip into the area of becoming a Therapy Journal?  What is a Fictionalized Memoir? Is a Fictionalized Memoir the thing we write while waiting for our ‘characters’ to pass […]

You’ve Written a Children’s Book – Now What?

  So, You’ve Written a Children’s Book…Now What? Chronicle Books posted on Sunday’s Topic. We receive about a thousand unsolicited children’s manuscripts every month, like the ones in the mail bins below. Every one of them is read by a children’s editor here, and I’m here to offer you some tips on how to make your manuscript […]

Our Wednesday Mini Topic – 6 Keys to Write a YA Novel

6 Keys to Write a YA Novel That Connects With Teen Readers Writing a novel that appeals to a younger audience takes a certain amount of finesse—especially if you are no longer in that age bracket! It is not easy to venture into the minds of young adults and, essentially, “relive” your own past. At […]

Creating Your First Children’s Picture Book

10 Tips For Creating Your First Children’s Picture Book A children’s picture book may seem simple, but creating a brilliant one is no easy task. How do you make yours smart, engaging, and fun — rather than clichéd, saccharine, and didactic? “A picture book is a marriage of words and pictures,” describes Santopolo. “The most […]