Musings from the creatively maladjusted. What writers write when they 1) aren't writing, 2) are avoiding writing, 3) need a word count to convince their spouses they are writing, 4) are between deadlines or 5) aren't distracted by the Google demon...
An Interview with Tammy YeeTammy Yee is the author/illustrator of more than 24 children's books set in the Hawaiian Islands. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to interview Tammy about her projects and what she enjoys most about being an author and illustrator. You can read more about Tammy and her many projects at tammyyee.com.
You've written and illustrated a number of books. Do you have a preference for either writing or illustrating?
I love both writing and illustrating. I tend to be very visual as I create--a book develops like a movie or a storyboard in my mind, with different parts of my brain toggling on and off. As a writer, I begin with a blank canvas that I must fill with interesting characters and a fresh, compelling story. As an illustrator, I'm given a story and I must create a visual world that doesn't merely interpret, but adds to that story. Because writing is more intellectually and creatively challenging, it can be tempestuous. Because illustrating (32 pages of art) is more physically challenging, it can be arduous. Both are just as gratifying. Read more...
1570 Bertram St.
Honolulu, HI 96816
Everything I Know About Writing Novels for Kids and How You Can Use it to Write Your Book
Rather than concentrate on one aspect of craft, Matt de la Peña will share his techniques for creating plot, mood, character, humor, description, angst, and more. You will have a chance to try out his techniques and by the end of the day you will have the seeds from which to grow your next novel. Don't miss your chance to learn from an award-winning author!
Hear what's trending in the world of children's books, polish your writing and/or illustration skills, meet other writers and illustrators, and take advantage of the option of having your work critiqued by a professional. In addition, Matt de la Peña will lead an optional, limited-attendance workshop to be held the day before the conference. Both days will be chock full of insider information that is sure to inspire both beginners and experienced writers and illustrators—and just might put you on the road to your first or next publication. Attend one or both days!
|Opihi are shellfish that live clinging to rocky shores in Hawaii. But Iki, the littlest opihi, seeks adventure in the open ocean. Will he ever join the other opihi and learn to "stick to it"?|
Print a Hawaiian Intertidal Zone coloring and identification sheet:
Hawaii's intertidal zone is home to a variety of plants and animals that are well suited to the push and pull of tides. When the tide is low, rocks are exposed to the hot sun. Shellfish hug the rocks to keep moisture in. Some snails even have an operculum, a "door" that closes shut to prevent them from drying out. When the tide is high, rocks are submerged and fish, mollusks and other creatures emerge from crevices and hiding spots under rocks, free to roam. Some animals even prefer the spray zone, where waves constantly pound the shore.
Plants and animals living in the intertidal zone must also adapt to drastic changes in temperature and the level of salt in the tide pools.
Tide pools can be fun, but you must use caution when exploring. Always wear protective foot covering. Rocks can be slippery, so watch your step. Beware of animals, like urchins, that can be venomous. Avoid stepping on and destroying plants and coral. If you overturn a rock, replace it the way you found it so that the plants and animals beneath the rocks aren't exposed to sunlight and drying out. And NEVER turn your back to the waves! Always be mindful of the sea and all its creatures.
"The submission portal, www.harpervoyagersubmissions.com, will be open from the 1st to the 14th of October 2012. The manuscripts will then be read and those most suited to the global Harper Voyager list will be selected jointly by editors in the USA, UK and Australia. Accepted submissions will benefit from the full publishing process: accepted manuscripts will be edited; and the finished titles will receive online marketing and sales support in World English markets.
Voyager will be seeking an array of adult and young adult speculative fiction for digital publication, but particularly novels written in the epic fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, dystopia and supernatural genres. Submission guidelines and key information can be found at www.harpervoyagersubmissions.com."
" Looking For Authors in Upcoming Hawaii Book! Become a published author in an upcoming book for worldwide e-distribution and print. Everyone is focused on 2012, politics and elections, economic issues, and what mainstream media is telling everyone about negativity. Hawaii Wellness Directory and Worth Grace Media are responding by partnering in a special creative collaboration to highlight messages of hope - for beyond 2012. Be a part of this opportunity to give your heartfelt message of encouragement, inspiration and guidance to people around the world.
DEADLINE-October 15th 2012
We are accepting 100 submissions to be featured and published in December 2012.
Five (5) judges will be reviewing entries to select the messages that move us the most. You must live in Hawaii part-time or full-time. Authors will receive ongoing support via networking throughout 2013 from HWD and WGM "
"Most people think writing for children is easier than writing for adults..."
~Nancy Lamb, Author
The Writer's Guide to Crafting Stories for Children offers detailed information and an in-depth examination of storytelling and story structure. Books on writing for children sell exceedingly well, so it's surprising that no other book focuses on this important aspect of the craft. Using examples from classic and contemporary sources, Nancy Lamb explores all the key elements of children's storytelling, from point of view to structure to plotting and pacing.
The author of 43 fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children, Lamb takes a hands-on approach with worksheets, exercises, and checklists to show writers how to capture and keep a young reader's attention, whether the topic is fact or fiction.
"If you're not a part of it, children's publishing can be a confusing world..."
~ Harold D. Underdown (Author)
Yup, I was confused, and yup, this one sits on my shelf as well, even after publishing numerous books. I've always liked Underdown's no-nonsense approach on the good and the bad of children's publishing.
As this revised edition states, "Children’s publishing is a big business, with many kinds of publishers, many kinds of books, and right ways and wrong ways to do even such a simple thing as write a cover letter." Children’s book editor Underdown covers all the bases of breaking into the industry, from tips on maximizing the creative process to manuscript-submission pointers to ideas for promoting a published book. Background on the history and current state of children’s publishing includes information on new trends and new imprints launched up to 2007. Featured throughout are real-life anecdotes from published authors and illustrators and recommended Web resources. Back matter includes a glossary, bibliography, sample cover letters, and an index. Whether a “complete idiot” or an experienced writer or illustrator, children’s-publishing hopefuls will find this a comprehensive, balanced resource. --Laura Tillotson
Now that Underdown has taught you how to write a cover letter and submit your manuscript, here's your guide to publishers, agents and art reps. Lists include genres, contact information, and submission policy.
"To create a good picture book or story book, you must understand how the two differ in concept..."
~ Uri Shulevitz (Author)
Anyone wishing to create children's books will learn how to tell a story visually; build a storyboard to plot the flow of a book; prepare pages for a printer; and go about finding a publisher. Step-by-step sketches provide insights into drawing characters and developing settings. The works of such renowned illustrators as Beatrix Potter, William Steig, and Maurice Sendak are used to demonstrate a visual approach to storytelling. 10 color and 600 b&w illustrations.