Cynsational News & Links

One Writer’s Process: Shelley Pearsall from Wordswimmer. Read a Cynsations interview with Shelley.

Read interviews with poets Joyce Sidman and Tanya Lee Stone at author Tracie Vaughn Zimmer‘s Poetry House. Look for Reaching for Sun by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer (Bloomsbury, 2007). Read a Cynsations interview with Tanya.

Texas Institute of Letters Calls for Entries for Works Published in 2006: see necessary qualifications and entry guidelines. Awards in both children’s and YA are given.

Truth, Fiction, and Spaces In Between by Uma Krishnaswami at Writing with a Broken Tusk. Read my recommendation of Uma’s Bringing Asha Home (Lee & Low, 2006) and a Cynsations interview with Uma.

When Getting Ready to Write, Sharpen Your Pencil by Mark Miller of the L.A. Times.

Who’s Moving Where? News and Editorial Changes at Children’s Book Publishers from Harold Underdown at The Purple Crayon. Check out the latest updates for November-December.

Winter Eyes: Poems and Paintings: Children’s Poetry Books about Winter by Elizabeth Kennedy at

The Writers’ League of Texas 2007 Agents and Editors Conference will be held June 15 to June 17 at the Austin Marriott at the Capitol, 701 East 11th Street in Austin. “To register early and receive a 10% discount for the 2007 Agents and Editors Conference, contact the League office during regular office hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday – Friday. Please note that the office will close Friday, December 22, and reopen Tuesday, January 2. Call 512.499.8914 to register. Online forms are not yet available.” Note: Greg Leitich Smith and I will be speaking on a children’s and young adult writing panel at the conference.