I had the pleasure of speaking at “Wrangling with Writing,” a conference sponsored by the Society of Southwestern Authors Sept. 15 to Sept. 16 in Tucson. I would like to thank the SSA officers and planning committee. Special thanks to Jennifer J. Stewart, author of “seriously funny books for children,” for her hospitality and efforts. Read a Cynsations interview with Jennifer.
Fellow faculty member, Janni Lee Simner, spoke on young adult fantasy. Janni’s first YA fantasy will be published by Random House in spring 2009. Her fourth children’s book, Secret of the Three Treasures, was recently published by Holiday House.
Her editor, Jim Thomas, offered an overview presentation on children’s publishing. Jim is editorial director of middle grade and YA books at Random House.
Because of conflicting schedules, I was unable to attend Janni and Jim’s presentations. However, I did sit in on Sarah Ketchersid’s. Sarah is a senior editor at Candlewick Press, and she delivered one of the most informative and inspiring presentations I’ve ever heard on picture books.
As promised, the bibliographies and resource lists that follow are Web extensions (and cheat sheets) for audiences at my two talks, “Imagining the Middle Grades” and “Marketing Manuscripts to Agents and Editors.”
Imagining the Middle Grades
Author Cynthia Leitich Smith
Author Kathi Appelt
Author Debbi Michiko Florence
Author Jane Kurtz
Fiction First Aid: Instant Remedies for Novels, Stories, and Scripts by Raymond Obstfeld
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself into Print by Renni Browne and Dave King with illustrations by George Booth
Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland
Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom collected and edited by Leonard S. Marcus
The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner
Bringing Mysteries Alive for Children and Young Adults by Jeanette Larson
Conflict and Character within Story Structure from the Everyday People’s Guide on How to Write a Novel
note: attendees seeking a copy of the humor-writing points may contact me directly.
Marketing Manuscripts to Agents and Editors
ABCS of an Author/Illustrator Visit by Sharron McElmeel
An Author’s Guide to Children’s Book Promotion by Susan Salzman Raab
Attorney Interview: Aimee Bissonette on Law & Publishing from Cynsations
Editorial Anonymous: a blog of a children’s book editor.
How to Write a Query from Agent Query.
Literary Agents Directory at Writers.net.
The Purple Crayon: A Children’s Book Editor’s Site, especially The How-Do-I-Get-Published Quiz, Children’s Book Agents and Artists’ Representatives: A Primer, Finding and Choosing Literary Agents, and Publishing Glossary.
A Terrific Query Letter by Jenny Bent, literary agent.
Why I Don’t Have an Agent or Doing the Math by author Barbara Kanninen.
Why I Have an Agent by author Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen.
Writer Beware by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
See also the related links on my main site.