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I’ll be appearing at a Tassy Workshop

Monday, November 10th, 2014

This Wednesday, November 12, from 6 to 7:30pm, I will be at the Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, Hartford, giving a writers’ workshop along with writer and educator Doe Boyle and Donita Aruny from the Shoreline Arts Alliance. We will discuss writing for children as well as submitting to this year’s Tassy Walden Awards: New Voices in Children’s Literature.

The workshop is free and open to the public, although the Shoreline Arts Alliance does ask folks to preregister to ensure that there are enough handouts.…

Catching up

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

I have been very quiet here these last few months, not because I haven’t been busy, but precisely because I have been super-busy. Here are some of the things that have been going on:

* Gil Marsh was nominated for the 2013 Teen Choice Book Awards. (Voting is still open until February 13 here)

* In November, I had the great pleasure of participating in the Bring Your Own Book and Blanket evening at the Davis Street Elementary School in New Haven, Connecticut. I met with a great group of inquisitive and engaged students who joined me to think about how you go about writing books that include many different cultures.

* In December, I finished the novel that I had been working on for NaNoWriMo, only to realize that I have to entirely restructure the beginning. I have since been working double-time to complete a serviceable first draft. At some point I’ll share some of the fascinating research I have been doing to help it along.

* In January, I presented at the first Shoreline Arts Alliance Winter Workshops for Writers & Illustrators in Chester Connecticut, and discussed the art of revising novels. The workshops were well attended, and as a bonus, the proceeds went to benefit the Tassy Walden Awards: Fresh Voices in Children’s Literature.

And coming up:

* Gil Marsh will be released in paperback on February 26th. Woot!…

Appearing at a Tassy workshop

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Tuesday November 15 I’ll be presenting a workshop for writers and illustrators at the New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm Street, New Haven, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with author/illustrator Deborah Freedman, and Donita Aruny from the Shoreline Arts Alliance. We’ll discuss writing and illustrating children’s books and give helpful information about the annual Tassy Walden Awards: New Voices In Children’s Literature.

Drop in and say hello!…

A call for submissions: New Voices in Children’s Literature

Monday, October 17th, 2011

When I first started out as a writer, I steeled myself for rejection. I knew it could take a while before anything I wrote was published. But as months rolled into years, and the rejections piled up, my confidence began to flag.

Tassy Walden Awards: New Voices in Children's LiteratureIn 2001, word got around of a new children's book contest: the Tassy Walden Awards, New Voices in Children's Literature. It was juried by reputable agents and editors from large publishing houses, and winners were given a small cash prize. Why not, I thought.

My manuscript for a young adult novel came in as a finalist. I submitted a middle grade novel the following year, and that also came in as a finalist. Two years later I submitted a third novel, and that one didn't even place.

Now you'd think that would have soured me—three novels, three rejections. But it didn’t.

See, coming in as a finalist meant that the agents and editors who read my manuscripts thought they had promise. The criteria they were using was whether the submissions were of a professional quality. Winners were the best of the bunch—and some years they decided not to chose any winners because no one reached a high enough standard for the category. That I had placed two years in a row meant that I should keep going. That I didn’t place two years later meant I needed to put more work into what I was doing.

And more work is what I did. The result: one of the manuscripts that came in as a finalist became No Castles Here. The one that didn’t place at all became Come Fall. Both have received starred reviews, and I have a third novel ready for release in February, 2012.

The Tassy contest does something many contests don’t: it makes you step up to a publishable level. Winning doesn’t guarantee that what you write will be published, but submitting forces you to reach a professional standard. That is no small thing.

The 12th annual Tassy Walden Awards: New Voices in Children's Literature is now open for submissions. The competition is open to unpublished Connecticut writers and illustrators. This year has five submission categories: picture book (text only), illustrated picture book, children's book illustrator's portfolio, middle grade novel, and young adult/teen novel. The deadline for submissions is February 3, 2012.

For more information, an entry form, and the …

Tassy Walden Awards, 2011

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Last night I attended the 11th annual award celebration for the New Voices in Children’s Literature: Tassy Walden Awards at the beautiful Blackstone Library in Branford, Connecticut. We were treated to a warm welcome by our master of ceremonies, Doe Boyle; inspiring speeches by agent Julie Just, with Janklow & Nesbit, and by author Cat Urbain; and excerpts of the winning entries read by their authors.

My favorite words of wisdom for the evening came from Ms. Just. She told us to cultivate that thing inside of us that is original, that is ourselves. It is worth standing above the fray and not being just like everyone else. That’s what people look for. And as Cat Urbain emphasized, don’t give up: the world will eventually recognize true spark and embrace it.

My hearty congratulations go to:

  • this year’s winners: Anne Kubitsky (illustrated picture book), Betsy Devany MacLeod (middle grade novel), and Steve Parlato (young adult novel);
  • this year’s honorable mentions: Justin Van Deursen (illustrator’s portfolio); and Faith Hough (young adult novel);
  • this year’s finalists: Jordan Fenster, Maribel Girnius, Paula Wilson (picture book text); Jennifer Edwards, Natalie Fifer, Katherine Kopcha (illustrated picture book); Karen Lindeborg, Kate Lynch, Traci Grigg, Heather DiLorenzo (middle grade novel); and Leslie Cahill-Milford (young adult novel).

I look forward to seeing all of your names on bookshelves.…

Appearing in North Haven

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

This evening I’ll be presenting a workshop for writers and illustrators at the Barnes & Noble in North Haven, Connecticut from 7 to 9 p.m. with Donita Aruny from the Shoreline Arts Alliance. We’ll discuss writing and illustrating children’s books and give helpful information about the annual Tassy Walden Awards: New Voices In Children’s Literature.

Drop in and say hello!…

Winners and second place

Monday, May 31st, 2010

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At Write Up Our Alley I blog about winning awards and coming in second place. It isn’t the talk I gave at the Tassies on May 19th, but it does capture the essence of what I said. You can read the post here.

And yes, I do mention Jerry Spinelli.…

Tassy reception

Monday, May 17th, 2010

This Wednesday May 19, 2010, at 7:00 p.m., the Shoreline Arts Alliance will host this year’s award ceremonies for the Tassy Walden Awards: New Voices in Children’s Literature at the Blackstone Library in Branford Connecticut. It’s the 10th anniversary of the awards, and I have been asked to speak for a few minutes about how the awards affected me. (No Castles Here came in as a Tassy finalist in 2002, under the title The Last of the Fairy Godmothers and another manuscript was finalist the year before.)

My congratulations to this year’s winners, Karen Jordan (picture book, text only), Diane Warner (illustrated picture book), Pamela Farley (middle grade novel), and Lynda Mullaly Hunt (young adult/teen novel).

Bravo!…

Appearing in Manchester

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

This Wednesday October 28 at 7 p.m., I’ll be presenting a workshop for writers and illustrators at the Barnes & Noble in Manchester, Connecticut with fabulous writer and editor Doe Boyle, and Donita Aruny from the Shoreline Arts Alliance. We’ll discuss writing and illustrating children’s books and give helpful information about the annual Tassy Walden Awards: New Voices In Children’s Literature.

Drop in and say hello!…

 

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