Fourteen Doodle and Peck books were uploaded to Amazon/Kindle this past week. More will follow soon! You can still order a hardback or softcover copy from http://www.doodleandpeck.com, but now you have choices!!
Froggy Bottom Blues, by Sharon Martin
Scanner, by U.B. Townsend
Let’s Follow Them!, by M. Jones
Grrr…Night!, by Susan Meyers
Joshua and the Biggest Fish, by K. Morrison
Camping With Bigfoot, by Matt Judkins
Mila Denton’s Worst Week Ever!, by Sandra Lawson
Mila Denton is an April Fool, by Sandra Lawson
Camp Not Allowed, by K.J. Williams
Stone Girl, by Susan Meyers
The Potbelly Pig Promise, by Barbara Shepherd
Down on the Ranch, by Nancy Pyle
Scanner and the Icky, Sticky Gum, by U.B. Townsend
Just Playing, by Anita Schlaht
Suki and Sam, by Dr. Lisa Marotta
Space Station Vacation, by Darlina Eichman
“Sometimes on the way to a dream you get lost and find a better one.”–Author unknown.
-Just attempting my first nonfiction book with a joint author, to be named later.
-Revising picture book & middle grade manuscripts…always.
-Applied to sign and sell my book at the Enid Author Fest on March 2nd. I’ll let you know if I get selected!
-Applied for a Picture Book mentorship with Writing with the Stars. Fingers crossed!!
-Registered for the SCBWI Spring Conference in Tulsa, April 5-6. Excited to learn more about the craft of writing. Go to SCBWI.org and find the Oklahoma region to check it out.
-Latest books read?
MG: Inkling by Kenneth Oppel and the creepy Serafina Series by Robert Beatty
PB: Pig the Pug Series (my 6 year old grandson loved all of them!) by Aaron Blabey and The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith (hilarious)
Here are a few basics I gleaned at Oklahoma SCBWI Conferences.
- Set realistic writing goals. A paragraph a day is better than writing pages every 2 or 3 weeks.
- Start with a hook.
- Show don’t tell. Telling: Jimmy felt afraid. Showing: Jimmy’s hands shook and his hair stood on end.
- Read the kind of books you want to write.
- Put your story into a sentence stating the character and the conflict. ___________overcomes ________.
- Point of View is driven by the story not the writer. You may need to rewrite your manuscript in different POV to see what is best.
- Don’t use adverbs.
- Use specific nouns. Use Pines not trees.
- Use active verbs. Sang is stronger than was singing.
- Be careful when writing in first person. Every word has to come from the character’s mouth and has to show the character’s personality.
- Do not overuse figurative language such as alteration, similes and metaphors.
- Voice is the spirit of the story. It is a combination of dialog narrative, characterization and writing style.
- Plot out your story arc.
- For picture books, make a picture book dummy to see pacing.
- Word count for picture books should be under 300 words.
- Leave room for the illustrator when writing picture books.
This is just the tip if the iceberg. If you are serious about writing for children, these conferences are worth your time and money. For more details go to http://www.scbwi.org and click on the Oklahoma region.
The Rule of Three-Middle Grade
I’m NOT a Book Girl!- Picture Book
Misfit Mosquito-Picture Book
Boxy Bob-Picture Book
“If number two pencils are so great, why aren’t they number 1?”
Taken from SCBWI publishing standards:
- Board Books (1 or under manuscript pages) for 3 year olds and under
- Picture Books (2 to 3 manuscript pages) for ages 3 to 8
- Easy-to-Read (10-20 manuscript pages) for ages 5 to 8
- Chapter Books (40-60 manuscript pages) for ages 7-9
- Middle Grade (100-250 manuscript pages) for ages 8-12
- Young Adult (200-350 manuscript pages) for ages 12 and up
- Nonfiction (manuscript pages varies by age group)
- Poetry for younger readers (15 to 40 manuscript pages) with only one poem per page
- Poetry for older readers (50 to 150 manuscript pages) with one poem per page.
—-typical genres, manuscript reference
My first every published book was released Feb. 15th! It is a 48 page Chapter Book called Camp Not Allowed for 2nd and 3rd graders. It is a light-hearted, summer fun story about gender equality with a Native American theme. It is available on Amazon. Teachers and Media Specialists get 25% off the retail if they buy directly from the publisher at www.doodleandpeck.com.
“To be a writer, you must be a reader,” Judy Blume
Use action prior to a quote to break up the stream of dialog tags.
- Hooked by Les Edgerton
- Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne & Dave King
- Elements of Style
- Blue Book of Grammar & Punctuation
- Children’s Writer’s Word Book by Alijandra Mogilner
- The Copyeditor’s Handbook
- The Magic Words by Cheryl B. Klein
- Writer’s Digest Children’s Writer & Illustrator’s Market
- Writer’s Digest Guide to Literary Agents
- Publisher’s Marketplace