October 21, 2010

The Professor and the House of Lords

I just had to share this with you because I love it so much. Of course it’s London, my home town, which helps. But I adore the professor flying on his penny farthing, and his […]
October 19, 2010

Teen Read Week, What To Write for NaNoWriMo, and Cupcakes…

Today I’m guest posting for Teen Read Week over at the super-popular Reading Teen blog with one of my recent rants on books for boys. Am I flattered to have been asked? Absolutely. Though I’m feeling […]
August 30, 2010

Finding Her Wings: editor Emma Dryden talks about drydenbks and the state of the publishing industry

Last May, after nearly 19 years at Simon and Schuster, Emma Dryden was laid off from her position as Vice President and Publisher of Atheneum Books for Young Readers and Margaret K. McElderry Books in […]
August 1, 2010

SCBWI Summer Conference Report: Graphic Novels

I’ve been spending the weekend at the SCBWI 2010 Summer Conference and yesterday listened to Nick Eliopulos’ session on writing, illustrating and publishing graphic novels, a segment of the publishing industry I know pretty much […]
July 20, 2010

And Another Thing… (about books for boys)

Look at old editions of Treasure Island, Kidnapped, or any number of books from earlier eras and the cover illustrations make it clear from the outset that they don’t pander to girls at all. They […]
July 1, 2010

Do You Know How Your Story Ends?

I love the story that I’m writing, but I often worry that I don’t have the talent to do it justice. Every time that thought really begins to gnaw at my enthusiasm, I remind myself […]
June 27, 2010

Blogging in Character: A Good Idea?

Last week I posted news that I’m writing a blog from the point of view of one of my characters, which garnered a fair amount of interest, especially as an exercise in finding your character’s […]
June 21, 2010

An Experiment…

Have any of you tried blogging or tweeting on behalf of one of your characters? I’ve started writing a Tumblr for Rowena, my protagonist’s love interest, who lives in a place that can access (and be […]
June 6, 2010

So What DO Teen Boys Read?

Boys need and deserve books addressed specifically to them, to overcoming the fears or 'monsters' that bedevil them. For what are great stories if not a vicarious exploration of one's deepest darkest fears, vanquished by an unlikely but ultimately worthy hero?
June 3, 2010

How Five-Part Structure Can Make Revision Easier

During tonight’s #ScribeChat we’re discussing how to edit your manuscript, and one of my bibles for self-revision is a wonderful book by Elizabeth Lyon, MANUSCRIPT MAKEOVER, in which she states that: “Understanding and reflecting dramatic […]
June 3, 2010

The Romance of Chetham Library

It’s the oldest public library in the English-speaking world. Chetham Library in Manchester, England, was founded in 1653 for the education of “the sons of honest, industrious and painful parents”.
June 1, 2010

What Is It With YA Book Covers?

I went into Borders with my 21-year old son yesterday. He stood beside me, shoulders hunched, hands in pockets, as I perused the YA shelves to see who’s getting the prime shelf space and why—a […]