NAPIBOWRIWEE 2015 – DAY ONE: Get Ready, Get Set, GO!
I’ll be posting daily blogs every day at 6 AM PST (9 AM EST) here: https://paulayoo.com/category/napibo/ For those of you who are newbies, you can find out more about this annual event at our FAQs link here: NAPIBOWRIWEE 2015 FAQs
For those of you who are NAPIBOWRIWEE veterans, welcome back! 🙂 A quick reminder – to participate in this year’s event, please sign up for my blog (how-to-register info in the FAQs link listed above). Please post your comments in each daily blog about your progress and any questions or thoughts you might have! I encourage a community atmosphere where I encourage everyone to engage in a dialogue with each other (and me) about your work! I too will be posting comments each day about my own progress. Please follow me on Twitter @paulayoo (PLEASE NOTE: I work full-time during the weekdays as a writer/producer on the show DEFIANCE on SyFy, so please be patient if you contact me via email or via comments for my replies.)
There will be a contest drawing on May 8, 2015 in which I will pick names at random out of a hat for some fun prizes – souvenirs from our NAPIBOWRIWEE STORE, signed copies of my latest books, and other goodies!
In years past, I have featured Q&As with published kid lit authors and illustrators. Every year has had a theme, from Writing Craft Advice to Multiculturalism in Children’s Literature. This year’s theme is EDITORIAL NUTS & BOLTS. Each blog this week will feature pragmatic advice from our special guest blogger-in-residence, editor and author AMY CHERRIX! You can visit her website here: http://slushpilepress.com
In the meantime, for Day One, I wanted to introduce everyone to the Awesome Amy. Not only is she going to give us daily editorial nuts & bolts advice for this entire week, but she has also generously offered to do a FREE critique of one lucky winner’s manuscript from our contest! Yay!
AMY CHERRIX is a children’s book editor. Before launching Slush Pile Press, she acquired and edited books at Houghton Mifflin Books for Young Readers. If you’d like to see some of the books her team at HMHBYR published during her tenure, head on over to her portfolio link: http://slushpilepress.com/portfolio/
She has also written and edited reviews for The Horn Book Guide and taught graduate courses in children’s literature at Simmons College, where she earned a Master’s in Children’s Lit and also mentors MFA candidates. She is a diehard supporter of indies, with years of experience as a children’s bookseller at the fiercely independent Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. Prior to her career in publishing, Amy worked in film and television production and marketing.
When Amy is not reading, trolling the Internet for late-breaking children’s publishing headlines and tips, or mining the blog-o-sphere for brain-boggling science facts, she writes books of her own, including…
COMING IN SPRING 2017: LANDFALL: THE HURRICANE SCIENTISTS, as part of the award-winning Scientists in the Field series.
So here’s some introductory comments from our NAPIBOWRIWEE Guest Amy Cherrix for Day One…
AMY CHERRIX: “I was flooded with reasons to go into publishing. When my childhood book collection washed away in a flood about ten years ago, I was devastated. The loss of those books was so profound it shocked me. The subsequent search to find and reconnect with my inner child reader led me to a Master’s in Children’s Literature. I went on to acquire and edit children’s books Houghton Mifflin Books for Young Readers. Now as a freelance editor, I continue to help authors of picture books, middle grade and young adult novels develop their manuscripts and find publishing homes for their work. I LOVE NaPiBoWriWee and am excited to offer an editor’s perspective this week. Who’s the most important person to you in a publishing house? How is being an unproven author an asset to a publisher? YES, YES, YES, you have to be a talented writer, but so much of publishing success is about educating yourself. Read everything. Attend conferences. Ask questions. Write, write, write!”
Well, Amy said it – we have to write, write, write!
Today is our first day of writing 7 picture books in 7 days. Don’t be nervous! You can do it! And remember – the point of my annual writing event is really to battle and conquer our evil enemy… PROCRASTINATION! Anyone can start writing a picture book, but only Kid Lit Warriors can FINISH a picture book. Don’t worry if your picture book draft is super rough. That’s because the REAL writing is in the REWRITING. Our goal is to write 7 completed picture book manuscript drafts that we can then nurture and grow during our revision process for the rest of the year. (NOTE: Kid lit industry expert Harold Underdown has more about the picture book revision process at his site here: http://www.kidsbookrevisions.com/ and http://www.delvewriting.com/picture-books-fb.html)
So as Amy says, let’s WRITE WRITE WRITE! Please post your comments below about your progress!
And tune in to tomorrow’s blog (to be posted May 2nd at 6 AM PST/9 AM EST) featuring Amy’s take on what a typical day is like for her as a book editor and what makes for a great picture book pitch for an editor.
Until the next blog, remember… HAPPY WRITING! WRITE LIKE YOU MEAN IT! 🙂