“It is no sign of weakness or defeat that your manuscript ends up in need of major surgery. This is common in all writing and among the best of writers.” E.B. White
Lisa Kline: ONE WEEK OF YOU
“When I first became a writer I thought that I’d found the perfect thing for my introverted personality. I could stay holed up in my room by myself and type to my heart’s content.” When I read this, I was pretty sure Lisa Kline was a mind-reader as well as a fabulous author…because this is exactly how I feel about writing! There are few better combinations than a couch, a laptop, a cup of coffee, and a story idea—unless you add an adorable cat who insists on traipsing across your keyboard. 🙂 Luckily for the rest of us, Lisa isn’t just a telepath . . . she’s a talented writer, a committed mentor, and—most recently—the author of the YA novel, ONE WEEK OF YOU. Welcome to the blog, Lisa!
A Bird’s-Eye View of Blue Crow Publishing
Lauren Faulkenberry and Katie Rose Guest Pryal are authors and also the founders of Blue Crow Publishing, LLC, an independent press founded in 2016 with headquarters in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Full disclosure—Katie and I were in the same writing seminar for an entire semester in college, yet somehow didn’t formally meet until many years later, at Wildacres Retreat in the North Carolina mountains.
Becca Syme: Helping Fellow Authors Write Better, Faster
I’m not calling anybody out here, but there were—ahem!—five years between the publication of my first novel, THE MEMORY THIEF, and my second one, THE DREAM KEEPER’S DAUGHTER. In between, I wrote another book. I loved the storyline and my crazy, flawed characters—but alas, the plot didn’t quite coalesce, and so after over a year of writing and revisions, I had to scrap it and start a new project.
Megan Shepherd Talks Monsters, Human Zoos and the Book That Took Her by Surprise
I first discovered NC author Megan Shepherd this past January, as part of a SCWBI Carolinas online workshop series called Polish Your Manuscript in Your PJs.
Kidlit Summer School: Writers Unite!
I never thought I’d love going to summer school, but Kami Kinard and Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen have proven me wrong.
Introducing Read Up Greenville: A Brand-New MG and YA Book Festival
In a little over a week, Greenville, South Carolina will host Read Up, a brand-new festival for middle grade and young adult lit aficionados.
KidLit Drink Night: A Podcast for Grownups About KidLit
In retrospect, I don’t remember how it happened. But a few glorious months ago, I stumbled upon KidLit Drink Night Podcast—and got hooked.
Finding Your Writing Tribe (or, What’s in the Secret Sauce?)
Michelle Leonard chats with us about The Winged Pen, the importance of finding your writing tribe, and the magic of being a good critique partner.
Authors Out of Carolina: A Creative Collaboration
This week on the blog, meet the Authors Out of Carolina—four amazing North Carolina writers who have come together to support each other and bring their new releases into the world.
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