Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer
Three quick updates from my desk.
1. My continuing education in the writing of kidlit continues. This week, I read a picture book that I think may serve as a model for the kind of picture-book biography that I hope to write. I also went ahead and joined the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
2. I know that I keep talking about the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) conference that I attended a few weeks ago—but its effects are lasting! Check out this new post on the My Machberet blog, the origins of which can be traced to a conference session all about book clubs. I’m convinced that much of my ability to write the post stems from my background as a short-story writer—and the many years I spent learning about literary magazines, websites, and contests as I sought to place my own work.
3. After a distressing drought (please don’t ask—I’m not sure how to explain), I sent out a freelance article pitch yesterday. Even if it turns out to be an unsuccessful pitch, I’m momentarily uplifted by the sheer fact that I wrote and sent it.