In October of 2020, I applied to the We Need Diverse Books (#WNDB) Mentorship Program. The program summarizes itself as: The Mentorship program aims to support writers and illustrators by pairing them with an experienced professional in the field. Our mentors work one-on-one with a mentee and their completed draft of a manuscript over the course of a year, offering advice to improve craft and to better understand the publishing industry. I was applying with my middle-grade n
Last night the #MGwaves were fortunate to have author Sylvia Liu chat with us about all things writerly. Sylvia is the author of the picture book A Morning With Grandpa (2016), Manatee's Best Friend (MG, Spring, 2021), and Hana Hsu and the Ghost Crab Nation (MG, Summer, 2022). It was an informal chat that drifted and we all were able to ask whatever was on our minds. Sylvia's recent newsletter was all about building community, and she stressed that AMM would be another excell
George Jreije is an author of middle-grade fiction. He has been a mentor for PitchWars, Author Mentor Match and Write Mentor. He is so generous with his time, and gives out many critiques to other authors on his Twitter page. Tonight he offered to speak to our #MGwaves group to answer our writerly questions. Here's a summary of the knowledge he imparted: Do you have any advice to give authors who are trying to stand out in mentorship competitions? Most important is to have re
Award-winning author Sofiya Pasternack generously offered to chat with our #MGwaves writing group about all things writerly. It was absolutely lovely to hear from a successful author who has ADHD (like myself) and I found myself furiously scribbling notes on her tips and app suggestions. Here are the 16 pieces of advice that I gleaned from Sofiya's chat. Sofia is inspired by Russian folklore and Judaism (both sides of her family's background). She absolutely loves the history
2020 was a dumpster fire of chaos for a lot of reasons. But out of those reeking ashes rose a Phoenix of... Nah, there was no magical, mystical beast. Just a bunch of introverted (and a couple of extroverted) writers finding each other on Twitter, chatting up a storm through a stressful mentorship competition, then making the group Slack official. The rest is history. We decided it'd be helpful to get to know each other a bit better by connecting ourselves through our blogs.
I know at some point I will wonder how I ever got started down this path to becoming an author, so before I got too busy promoting my published books (how's that for positive thinking?) I thought I'd go ahead and record my journey for posterity. Filling it in with random pictures of mine from corresponding timeframes to make the reading more interesting. November 2019 I learned about NaNoWriMo, a month of writing where some amazing humans strive to complete a full novel in a