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1. Love print books but now packing for trips is easier. Used to spend hours choosing which books to take!

Have a great weekend, all! I'm off to OVFF. Here's my explanation of this "filk" thing I mention sometimes, in case you're curious.

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2. HAPPY #CAPSLOCKDAY (and only 10 days until #PictureBookMonth)

Happy International Caps Lock Day, everyone!

And don't forget, only ten days until Picture Book Month. I'm especially excited beause this year I'm a Picture Book Month Champion!!

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3. Comic: Watch Those Dangling Modifiers...

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4. Comic: Why You Should Always Proofread Your Email Before Hitting 'SEND'

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5. Comic: The Leaf

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6. To fellow Canucks: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend!

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7. Comic: The Scrabble Addict

Inspired by my friend John Chew. :-)

I revamped the old comic to use updated art as an excuse to play around with my new Alex Dukal cartoonist brushes. Wasn't sure if that meant I needed to update the copyright notice or not...?

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8. Comic: Another Advantage Of Print Books

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9. New bookish comic, with thanks to @Catelli_NQU for the caption!

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10. A comic for those who think it's easy to write children's books

Originally posted for PiBoIdMo.

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11. A cautionary comic for aspiring authors and illustrators

Originally published in Writer Unboxed.

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12. Comic: So a zombie and a vampire walked into a bar...

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13. Comic: Grammar Graffiti

Tweaked from a version that originally appeared in Writer Unboxed.

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14. Comic: Writer Wish

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15. Will Write For Chocolate

Updated my Will Write For Chocolate comic strip (yes, finally).

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16. Comic: The Book Title

This comic was inspired by a post by the anonymous Intern years ago, before she came out as her true self: Hilary T. Smith, author of WILD AWAKE (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins). See my interview with Hilary. Thanks to Hilary for permission to re-post the comic.

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17. Why you should savor the journey and enjoy every success along the way, no matter how small

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18. Writers: Don't rush your submission. Make sure your writing is polished BEFORE you send it out.

One mistaken assumption that I've noticed some newbie writers making: Sending out their writing too soon, assuming that the editor who buys their short story (or novel, etc.) is going to be helping them polish the piece anyway.

DO NOT DO THIS.

Never, ever send an mss out just after you've finished it. Put it away for a few days (a few weeks at least, for a novel). That way you'll be able to reread more objectively, without the rosy glow of "omigosh this is brilliant just wait until publishers see this."

I'm a foodie, so often think in terms of food analogies. In this case, it would be sort of like a first-time restauranteur opening before they've perfected their dishes. Turn off the restaurant critics early on, and you make it tougher for yourself longterm.

If you're a new picture book writer, this is even MORE vital. Why? Because I've noticed that many non-pb writers assume that writing a picture book is easy because there are fewer words, that it's something they can do on the side for extra money while they work on their "real" books. 

Vaguely related side note:

Others may differ, but I also advise NOT giving it to your critique group to read too soon. Why? Because there is a real value in getting feedback from someone who is reading the piece for the first time. Yes, there's a value in getting feedback for a rough version so you can polish it before sending it out to an editor. Be aware, however, that after the first critique, your crit partners will likely be giving feedback on your revisions rather than an overall first-time impression.

Respect your readers, before and after publication.

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19. Writers: Revising & rewriting is part of the craft AND the business. Learn to do it without fear.

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20. Happy National Punctuation Day!

 

 

Yes, it's National Punctuation Day!

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21. Comic: "First Things First"

Writers and illustrators: don't get so caught up in promotion and marketing that you forget to CREATE.

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22. Finding Time To Write Tip #176: Teaching Others To Respect Your Time

 

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23. Comic: A Caution For Writers

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24. Comic: At Last

"The difference between a published author and an unpublished one is one day. It only takes one day, one moment, for your whole world to shift. I firmly believe that if you work hard at improving your craft and you simply do not give up, your day will come." - Mandy Hubbard

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25. Comic: International Writer Crisis

Ironically, I recycled one of my old comics from 2006 and revamped the art for the above. :-)

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