This was the first time I’ve ever met with other Children’s Book writers/illustrators, editors, and an agent over dinner-- It was a great experience, a great evening, and a great investment! Thanks so much to Kathy and Laurie for putting it all together. The only bad thing was terror struck about 10 seconds before I introduced myself and I could hardly speak above a whisper. Ugh!
Here’s highlights of some advice I gleaned that night. You may have heard this before, but it was very helpful to me—especially coming right from the “horse’s mouth”, so to speak:
• Another writer suggested reading your story out loud to children to get their feedback. She said this helped her very much.
• “Be true to yourself.” If you like to work in a certain genre, style, or medium then do that!
• “It’s a mistake to write for the market.” Develop your writing skills, find your ‘voice’ and go from there.
• Publishers are looking for character-driven stories (among other things).
• The [first] cover sets the tone for the look of the series ~~ very important.
• Great things can come out of attending First-Page Sessions!
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