Guest Post: Linda Joy Singleton on Critiquing Critique Groups

By Linda Joy Singleton

My First Critique Group

When I was a new young writer, a friend invited me to her critique group. I was told to bring a chapter of my work-in-progress to share. It was a casual group open to many writers. I had no idea what to expect and was so shy that reading in front of a dozen-plus writers terrified me.

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Guest Post: Linda Joy Singleton on Attending SCBWI Annual Conferences

By Linda Joy Singleton

I’ve attended the SCBWI Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles every summer since 1991—and for good reason! It’s a wonderful conference with something for every writer and illustrator.

The 2019 conference will always be extra special to me because of the amazing moment that happened just hours after I arrived at the Marriott Hotel.

I was returning from lunch with friends when I glanced down at an incoming message on my phone.

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New Cynsations Reporter Linda Joy Singleton

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Linda Joy Singlton joins the Cynsations team as an at-large reporter covering children’s-YA writing, illustration, publishing and other book news from the world of children’s literature.

Welcome to Cynsations! Could you tell us about your vision for your coverage here at the blog? Why did you decide to take on this role in the conversation of books?

Cynsations has been so supportive of my books over many years,

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Guest Post: Linda Joy Singleton on Novels to Picture Books, the Long & Short of Writing for Children

By Linda Joy Singleton

When I joined SCBWI, my biggest dream was to sell a middle-grade novel. I attended as many workshops as I could and was excited when there were speakers who wrote MG or YA.

But often I had to sit through talks on writing picture books.

It seemed like writers all around me were in love with the picture book genre.

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Guest Post: Linda Joy Singleton on Reinventing & Rebuilding Your Writing Career

By Linda Joy Singleton

A few years ago, I thought my career was over.

Due to slow sales and a changing market, I’d lost both my publisher and agent—and I was devastated. Also, a science fiction/mystery YA that I’d been positive would sell when it went to acquisition meetings at major publishers had ultimately been rejected.

After over 35 published YA and middle grade books,

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Guest Post: Linda Joy Singleton on Jumping Age Markets: How a Multi-Published Author Became a Debut Author

By Linda Joy Singleton

Blame it on the SCBWI (the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators).

When I joined SCBWI over two decades ago, I’d already sold a middle-grade and was interested in writing young adult books, too. Yet most of my writer friends wrote picture books.

Whenever I went to SCBWI conferences, I attended many presentations by talented picture book authors and illustrators.

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Career Builder & Giveaway: Linda Joy Singleton

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Linda Joy Singleton on Linda Joy Singleton: “As a kid, I was always writing. During a two-week school vacation, when I was 14, I challenged myself to write a chapter a day, completing a 200 page manuscript. I kept many of my stories and show them to kids I speak to at school.

“After high school, life detoured me away from writing,

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Guest Post: Linda Joy Singleton on Solving the Mystery of the Perfect Plot

Flux, 2012

By Linda Joy Singleton

Nancy Drew was my first plotting teacher. Kidnapped, bound, gagged, trapped in the dark hull of a ship and sailing into unknown peril. Would Ned rescue her? Would Nancy escape on her own? Or would she perish in some terrible, torturous way?

Fascinated and worried, I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough to find out what happened next.

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Author Interview: Linda Joy Singleton on Dead Girl Walking

We last spoke in April 2007 about The Seer series (Llewellyn, 2004-). Could you update us on news of your writing life since that time?

Well, at that time I was getting a little nervous about what would sell next since I’d finished the fifth The Seer. I happened to mention my Dead Girl Walking book in an email to my editor, and he suggested I turn it into a series.

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Author Interview: Linda Joy Singleton on The Seer series

Linda Joy Singleton on Linda Joy Singleton: “As a kid, I was always reading and writing. I even played writing games with my best friend Lori. We made up weird titles, put them in a bowl, and we had to write a story based on whatever title we drew out. I still have one of these stories: ‘Angel in the Bathtub.’ I kept many of my childhood writings,

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