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Archive for July 2010

My 9 year old nephew is tickled pink to learn that there will be a 5 th Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Huge First Printing Set for Wimpy Kid #5
Amulet Books is going five for five — five million copies for the fifth book in Jeff Kinney’s bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The Abrams imprint announced both that massive first printing figure today as well as the title, cover, and release date for the new book. The book, The Ugly Truth, has a national laydown of November 9; the print run is the largest for the series to date. “To me, the fifth book is the linchpin of the series,” said Kinney. “Since Greg Heffley is a cartoon character but also a literary character, I’ve always wondered if he should grow up or stay in a state of arrested development forever. This book answers that question once and for all.” more…


On Tap Today:

I am always looking for things that change and I am one of those things that have changed. I once weighed 200+ pounds. Those are not pictures I like or am willing to share. The biggest changes, however, are not the one I made on the outside. The changes inside are much more dramatic. The new version of me is a “better” person. Much of those changes comes from a new confidence in myself as a writer.

SCBWI-MI Fall Conference 2010
Patrick Collins Workshop
Dear SCBWI-MI Member:

There seems to be some confusion regarding the Patrick Collins Illustration Workshop at this fall’s SCBWI-MI conference. All the information you need is in the brochure. The deadlines are listed below. Be assured, SCBWI-MI would NEVER send out an opportunity like this on a Friday and ask you to register by Monday.

Please read your brochure!! This information IS in there!!

Once again, here is the information, copied directly from the brochure.

Patrick Collins–Enchanting the Reader: Transforming Words into Illustrations (20 participants) Participants will illustrate a scene or spread from one of four manuscripts (available at by Monday, July 26) and send it to Patrick. He will review the art, send back revision suggestions, and ask the artists to bring the finished pieces to the breakout, where all the illustrations will be discussed. If you are not one of the registered participants, you are still welcome to sit in on the session as Patrick discusses the art “homework.”

NOTE: Do NOT send artwork with your registration. You will be notified via email where and when to send art.



Postmark Deadlines
Fri., August 6:
Patrick Collins Illustration Workshop registration

Fri., August 27:
*Sketches to Patrick
   Collins for Workshop
*Manuscript Critiques
*First Pages
*Portfolio Critiques
*Mentorship Contest

Wed., September 8:
Early bird registration

Fri., September 10:

Patrick Collins replies to workshop participants

Mon., September 20:
Regular registration




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8 Ways to Enrich Your Character: FICTION NOTES‏
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8 Ways to Enrich Your Character

Character Revision: 8 Ways to Jumpstart a Make Over

You have a first draft, but you realize that your character needs work. How do you retrofit a character when you revise?

I don’t think of a personality transplant. Instead, I try to add to and enrich a character. Here are 8 suggestions on how to revise your novel’s character.

Ginny Wiehardt

Ginny’s Fiction Writing Blog

By Ginny Wiehardt, Fiction Writing Guide | My Bio

Reader Question: Chapter Length?

Wednesday July 14, 2010

“New Writer with Cats” left this question in the forum recently: “Is there any rule to follow regarding how long a chapter should be?” and another writer, Lucy, answered: “There’s no set length: it varies from book to book. . . . My approach to chapters was to look at what authors I admire did, and then to think about what breakdowns would work best with my book.” She also said that she thought about chapters in terms of rhythm, noting when some chapters were longer than average


I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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My Favorites:

I love the children's movies Wizard of Oz and the Neverending Story. Both movies make me feel the lesson that hope is alive and well. After seeing UP this past week, it just might have a chance at being added to this list.

I love the cool colors of blues and purples.Those colors are peaceful for me.

I love The Velveteen Rabbit. Even as an adult, I still feel the urge to cry when he becomes real. I know, silly, but a good book can make me laugh and cry as it takes me on a magical journey.

Authors and Illustrators:

Authors, Author/Illustrator, Illustrators that I know and/or Like.


C= Children

MG= Mid Grade

T= Teen

YA= Young Adult

A= Adult


Bonnie Adamson *

Kathi Appelt *

Tedd Arnold


Natalie Babbit

Molly Bang

Bonnie Becker

Jan and Stan Berenstain

Judy Blume

Tracey M. Cox

Linda Crotta Brennan *

Jan Brett

Janie Bynum *

Eric Carle

Pam Calvert

Nancy Carlson

Beverly Cleary

Kevin Scott Collier

Sharon Creech

Doreen Cronnin

Tomie dePaulo

Kate DiCamillo

Kathleen Duey *

Dotti Enderle

Jan Fields *

Denise Fleming

Mem Fox

Kelley Milner Hall

Amy Heist

Kevin Henkes

Ellen Jackson *

Jeff Kinney

Jackie French Koller

Ursula K. LeGuin

Leo Lionni

Lois Lowry

Mercer Mayer

Robert Munsch

Laura Numeroff

Linda Sue Parks

Dav Pilkey

Patricia Polacco

Peggy Rathmann

Bethany Roberts

David Shannon

Aaron Shepard

Donna J. Shepherd *

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Jerry Spinelli

Diane Stanley

Chris Van Allsburg

Rick Walton *

Lisa Wheeler

Mo Willems

Karma Wilson *

Audrey Woods

Jane Yolen *

Favorite Websites:

Favorite Blogs:

• ShelfTalker: A Children’s Bookseller’s Blog
• Alice’s CWIM Blog
• A Fuse #8 Production
• Cynsations
• Nathan Bransford – Literary Agent
• Editorial Anonymous
• Miss Snark’s First Victim
• Writing for children and teens

Favorite Quotes.

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