Oh my sweet tooth. How can you not check out a site called “Smore”?
A writer friend posted (on that social network I’m supposed to be limiting) about an online flyer she’d created at a site called Smore. And I paused in my seven minute dash to check it out. And then I immediately signed up at Smore! (You can sign up for the free plan or choose one of their paid plans.)
I really wished I needed an online flyer. It looked fun and easy and very professional. I like anything that makes me look professional. And I am all about the easy.
Alas, I don’t need a flyer. But if I did, I’d spread the word with Smore. And now, despite my spreading hips, I really need to eat a s’more.
I plan to make a few changes around Cathy C. Hall and I don’t want you to panic. The worm’s not going anywhere.
Just adding a few tweaks here, taking away a few bits there.
And to think that it all started when I heard three little words.
You’ll have to zip over to The Muffin for my post today if you want to know the three little words. And don’t blame me if you start making changes to your own website/blog.
(Okay, you can blame me a little bit. But it’ll all be good when we’re done, right?)
It’s been a long week at Casa de Cathy–hours of writing, but lots more hours looking at spreadsheets (don’t ask).
I was not made for looking at spreadsheets. And so on this Fun Friday, I needed a break.
I needed THE PRINCESS BRIDE.
What’s that you say? You’ve had a long week, too? You could use a break, too?
As you wish.
Having someone write a lovely post about a topic you were planning to write about is like having a day off. So here’s Janice Hardy (who is quite lovely herself and chock full of writer wisdom!) espousing on an upcoming SCBWI conference:
Springmingle is the annual regional conference for Southern Breeze, offering writing workshops and sessions with agents, authors, and editors to help writers and illustrators learn the skills they need to get published. Meet editors, art directors, and agents who are looking for new talent. Connect with a friendly, supportive group of authors and illustrators.
It’s a fantastic conference for writers and illustrators of juvenile fiction and non-fiction from picture books to young adult novels. Not a SCBWI member? No problem. Non-members are welcome and encouraged to attend. In fact, it’s a great way to meet the members and see if it’s a group you’d like to join.
The conference faculty includes: Lucy Ruth Cummins, Art Director Simon & Schuster; Cheryl Willis Hudson, Creative Director Just Us Books; Ruth Sanderson, Author/Illustrator; Cheryl Klein, Editor, Arthur Levine Books; Ammi-Joan Paquette, Agent, Erin Murphy Literary Agency; and Jo S. Kittinger, Award-Winning Author.
Looking for Feedback?
Both formal and informal critiques are available. Formal critiques are $40, informal are free. The deadline for face-to-face critiques has passed but you have till Wednesday, February 26 for a written critique so act fast if you’d like to take advantage of this opportunity!
For a peek at how agents and editors think, there’s the Image/Eight panel. Attendees can submit the first eight lines of their manuscript or an opening illustration for a free review by a panel of conference faculty.
Springmingle takes place on March 28-30, 2014 at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center.
Conference tuition is $195 for SCBWI members, $225 for non-members, or $205 for students.
Advance registration is required and spaces are limited for some activities.
For more information please visit southern-breeze.scbwi.org.
I’ll be there–and Janice will be there, too. Y’all come join us and have some writing fun at Springmingle!
If you said writing the pitch or the query or the synopsis, you win the prize.
Um…I haven’t actually got a prize for you. But I do have help, so that’s sort of a prize, right?
Over at The Muffin today, I shared my quick tips for taming the three-headed beast of pitch, query, and synopsis. I even threw in an example or two, using Beauty and The Beast. (How clever is that?)
But one thing that I didn’t mention over at The Muffin is this: if you want to get good at writing the pitch or query, practice writing them. Use a novel you’ve just read–one that you loved. Or maybe even a movie. Then go back and take a look at your manuscript.
If you can’t figure out your pitch or query as easily, it could be because your story’s not quite focused enough. You might need to do a little fine-tuning in revision.
Um…sorry. That’s not exactly the prize you wanted, is it? But you’ll thank me later when you win a contract.