2014 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market

Is on sale for $19.97 over at Writer’s Digest for those interested on children literature. I just bought my copy and looking forward to reading it; for those just curious the following is the description they give:

2014 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market

By Chuck Sambuchino

  • Interviews with some of today’s hottest authors and illustrators, including author R.L. Stine (Goosebumps series), author Marie Lu (Legend), author Beth Revis (Across the Universe), and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi (I’m Bored, written by Michael Ian Black).
  • The ever-popular “First Books” article, where debut writers and illustrators explain what they did right, and how to you can follow in their footsteps to success.
  • In-depth articles on picture books, query letters, novel voice, author platform, the status of indie-publishing, literary agents, and more.

Pretty neat, no?

I believe this can be a great investment, especially if the regular price is $29.99! So I would definitely say take a look but if children literature is not for you they do have different ones. All you need to type on the search bar is 2014 and they should all show up and best of all, they are all on sale!

Hope it helps and keep on writing!

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Writers Faire This Weekend!

This upcoming Sunday, August 25, UCLA’s Extension Writers’ Program will be hosting its annual Writers Faire.

I’ve never been to one nor did I know they existed until just recently. Basically there will be mini-workshops and exhibitors. I looked through the workshops and so far I’m interested in two:  Writing for the Youth Market and Writing the Half-Hour Comedy Spec and Pilot. They have a decent list of workshops and you know what the best part is?

All you need to do is pay the $12 parking fee.

That-IS-All.

Not a bad deal if you ask me. So I will definitely be attending!

If anyone else is going let me know, it be awesome to meet my fellow writers. Woot!

Here’s the link to the Writers Faire. This is great for those on budget and for those who need to network even further or are just curious.

I Have A Booger

And her name is Lulu.

She’s been shy since she was a pup–since she was rescue.

But now she is three.

No social skills but she’s not aggressive.

A little timid.

Okay. A LOT!

She whines too much.

But because she wants to just  greet other dogs.

Some owner don’t see it that way and skadoodle.

Others take a chance.

It’s frustrating.

We want her to play and take chances.

Most of the time she doesn’t see it that way.

So we did what we had too.

She now goes to day care once a week.

She’s a lot better now.

Okay. A LITTLE better.

But she’s getting there.

I have a booger.

Her name is Lulu.

She has her issues

But I still love her.

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How Far Will You Go To Prove A Point?

This week’s prompt was based on the following picture. Julia wanted us to use our imagination. I do hope I did just that. Feedback is always welcome. Please enjoy!

Jacob burst out laughing as Nathan tried to catch his breath. “That was amazing!” “Amazing?” Nathan began.  “ You almost got us killed, J!”

Jacob poked his head out as he looked up proudly.  “Nathan, this will show everyone back home that I’m not crazy. They laughed and mocked me when I would tell them giants were real. This,” Jacob said as he pointed towards the now hot air balloon, “will make them swallow those words.”

Nathan looks down as he said, “That may be so but I don’t think the giant wants to swallow his pride.”

You Know What Makes A Good Movie?

When you’ve watched it once, months ago, and out of the blue something inside you is telling you that you need to see it again.

Months ago I watched Identity Thief and I will say I was a bit bias at first. I thought I was going to hate it but after the first ten minutes I was hooked!

I didn’t move. I didn’t do much. I just wanted to see it. That movie made me laugh and I realized that Melissa McCarthy is one hell of a talented actor(actress? what’s the lingo now?).

Truth be told, I don’t know much about her or where she started. My husband told me she was on SNL but I don’t even watch that show. I do know she was in Bridemaids (which I have not seen) and that’s what probably got her career to take off.

I may also be wrong as I don’t know much about her past gigs.

I’m no movie critic but when I watch a movie once and months later I’m reciting a quote or two, which then makes me want to see the movie again, it just means that everyone involved in this project did their job.

So now here I am, waiting for my next paycheck because gosh darn it I need to see it again.

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

Great tips from Pixar. Worth a read!

LA Screenwriter

Emma Coats, a Pixar storyboard artist has shared twenty-two rules of storytelling that she has compiled during her time at the animation powerhouse. (Thanks to io9 for posting the list.) The rules are:

#1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.

#2: You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different.

#3: Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.

#4: Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.

#5: Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.

#6: What is your character good…

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