NAPIBOWRIWEE 2015 – DAY SIX: Editorial Pet Peeves
Welcome to DAY SIX of my seventh annual National Picture Book Writing Week (“NAPIBOWRIWEE”) 2015!
Well, it’s Wednesday, AKA Hump Day. At this point, I’m sure most of you are exhausted, crabby, burned out, and seeing talking animals everywhere. LOL! But hang in there, we just have two days left! Ha! I bet you didn’t realize how much hard work this week would be! You are not just writing 7 picture books in 7 days but you are also FINISHING 7 picture books in 7 days. For those of you about to start Book #6 – congrats!
As for those of you who are working on your first book or second book or third book etc., do NOT despair. You are doing a great job just by writing every day. If you are falling behind, don’t give up. Instead, focus and see if you can finish at least ONE book by Day 7. The whole point of this event is to encourage writers to FINISH what they started. Believe it or not, there are many established veteran PUBLISHED picture book authors who also participate in my event because it doesn’t matter if we’ve published a ton of books or ZERO books… writers LOVE to procrastinate. LOL! 🙂 So please know that you are in good company. We can do this!
MY DAY FIVE EXPERIENCE: Breaking news… I did NOT write a book today. My excuse? I have none. I just had a long day at work followed by getting home late again. Plus I wanted to exercise and then I had “homework” for my job that I had to do. It’s now after midnight and I just finished my work for my regular job. I need to sleep. So … this is proof that I am NORMAL. I’m HUMAN. So for those of you who have fallen behind, guess what? I’m now with you! See? Don’t you feel better? 🙂 Team Let’s Catch Up For Day 6!!! 🙂
However, I can honestly say at least that I WROTE for Day 5. I didn’t write or finish a picture book #5, but I at least figured out the topic. I have a rough idea of what the beginning, middle and end will be. So I will work on it tomorrow for Day 6 and hope I can do two books tomorrow. We’ll see. Fingers crossed! 🙂
Please post your progress for Day 6 in today’s comments!
Reminder: I am posting daily blogs from May 1-7, 2015 at 6 AM PST (9 AM EST) here at https://paulayoo.com/category/napibo/ Our contest drawing results will be posted on May 8, 2015 featuring fun prizes from our NAPIBOWRIWEE STORE (link: http://www.cafepress.com/paulayoonapibowriweeclassic), autographed copies of my books, other surprise prizes as well as ONE free picture book manuscript critique from professional editor/author AMY CHERRIX, who is also our guest-in-residence for this year’s event! (You can follow Amy on Twitter @acherrix and her website is here: http://slushpilepress.com)
The theme for this year is EDITORIAL NUTS & BOLTS as Amy answers our questions about writing and the publishing industry. For today’s blog on “Editorial Pet Peeves,” I asked Amy about her pet peeves in the publishing industry.
Amy suggested we ask her special expert, SAM ELLIOTT CHERRIX … her puppy! What better special guest blogger to talk about editorial pet peeves other than Amy’s pet puppy? 🙂
Meet SAM ELLIOTT CHERRIX and hear all about his editorial pet peeves!
EDITORIAL PET PEEVES
By Special Guest Blogger “Sam Elliott Cherrix” (AKA Amy Cherrix’s pet puppy)
Can you guys answer something for me? How come the cool, devoted animal character has to die in order for a human to learn something important about themselves? I’m just saying it’s harsh and a bit cliché don’t you think? Instead, consider finding a more original way to bring your character to a moment of understanding or self-actualization. SAVE THE PETS! We’ve lost too many good ones already: Old Yeller, Bambi’s mom, and one seriously cool spider with impeccable penmanship.
Yes, I am totally, unbelievably, utterly adorable. You know what’s not? –ly adverbs! There are so many better words to use to describe your characters and setting. Dig for them like they are the last rawhide bone in the bag!
I hated obedience school. “Sit! Stay!” blah, blah, blah. But following the guidelines for submissions will show you understand an editor’s job. They read for a living, so the little things matter: font style (Times New Roman) and size (12pt), double-spaced please. If there is a page-count limit, respect it. Hey, you might get cookie…or a contract…
I’ll let you get back to it. Seven books in seven days?! Gosh, you guys are ambitious. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m overdue for a nap.
– Sam Elliot Cherrix
LOL! Well, I too was surprised by our extra special guest today. Oh Amy! 🙂
In the meantime, my friend ERIN EITTER KONO who was featured in our DAY FOUR BLOG (https://paulayoo.com/napibowriwee-2015-day-four-character-plot/) sent me an email to let me know that she wrote a rough draft of a new picture book idea she had been brainstorming for awhile. She was excited to participate for at least one day of our NAPIBOWRIWEE event!
Erin also sent me this link that she thought we would all find helpful. She wrote: “Relevant article today on illustrator’s perspective and new pb writers on new children’s lit magazine: http://www.childrenswritersguild.com/what-words-look-like/.” Thanks Erin! Definitely check out the blog – it’s another great and insightful writer tip!
Well, time to leave the Blogging Batcave and head back into the Writing Batcave. Remember to follow me on Twitter @paulayoo for updates. I will post tomorrow’s Day 7 Blog on May 7, 2015 at 6 AM PST/9 AM EST here with thoughts from our guest AMY CHERRIX about her Submission Check List of tips you should check off before submitting your final draft to agents and editors! Let’s hope I can catch up and get TWO books done today!
Until then, remember… HAPPY WRITING! WRITE LIKE YOU MEAN IT! 🙂