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My Pitch Wars Wish List! What I'm looking for in my Pitch Wars inbox this year: 1. Middle grade, realistic contemporary 2. Heartfelt, classic, coming-of-age middle grade (Again, realistic contemporary!) 3. Literary writing. Attention to craft. 4. Music stor...

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Northern Ohio SCBWI Conference It is almost registration time for the Northern Ohio SCBWI Conference, coming this September to Cleveland, Ohio! This is my home SCBWI group...the writers that first nurtured my love of all things literary. For the past 13 yea...

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  Once upon a time, I cut out (with scissors!) photos of my characters, along with symbols that reminded me of them. (Track shoes, a broken heart, a winding road, musical notes.) This process involved plenty of scotch tape and way too much printer ink. If I...

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Five
Reasons Why You Should Read A Handful of
Stars, by Newbery
Honor Author Cynthia Lord:   1.   Setting :    It’s
summer in Maine, when the blueberries are ripe for picking, school is out, and
it’s almost time for the local blueberry festival. What’s yumm...

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I'm off... To the New England SCBWI 2015 Spring Conference! Can't wait to catch up with old friends, meet new ones, and most of all, improve my craft.  

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Great Opening Lines   Recently I've turned to some of my favorite middle grade books for guidance in revising the opening sentence of my work-in-progress. Here are a some awesome openers with killer voice and an amazing hook, right from the get-go. Feel fre...

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Okay, so this book isn't middle grade, but I ventured into YA territory, and boy am I glad I did. What will you find inside the cover? Lyrical, literary prose. Heartfelt, well-developed, flawed characters. A sit-on-the-edge-of-your-chair fast-paced plot tha...

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If you love literary, heartfelt
middle grade, you are going to love WAITING FOR UNICORNS, by Beth Hautala.   I adored 12-year-old Talia, who is still
grieving the death of her mother when her whale-researcher father drags her to the
frozen world of Churchil...

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THE TRUTH ABOUT TWINKIE PIE, by Kat Yeh, is voice-driven, heartwarming MG that I could not put down! In the spirit of the book's delicious (and hilarious) recipes, here's my Twinkie Pie Recipe For Success: A
Twinkie Pie Recipe For Success 1.       Start wit...

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So Much Great Middle Grade... So what are you reading?
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