Monday, March 16, 2015


Q  Why do you read a story?                               A  To find out what's going to happen. 

We read to see how a conflict will be resolved.
Conflict creates story. Without conflict, no story. This #1 Fundamental bears chewing over.
It is critical to track the ebb and flow of conflict in your story. If you can't, you have a problem. Your story might lag, side-track, lack focus, wobble, crash and burn. Whatever, without clearly delineating conflict and resolution, your story cannot gel with full force, if it can at all.
If you chart your plot, make Conflict your very first column. Authors might consider location or action or relationships as more important to keep straight. They are not, not until your story is organized into a plot where conflict bounces up and down, start to concluding resolution.
Now, any questions?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

And Those Foreign Editions

They just keep on a-coming! This is Ryan Gebhart's 2014 debut (Candlewick, Joan Powers, editor). 

The declining Euro, of course, means it is advantageous to use U.S. currency when negotiating money terms.

Have We Carried On . . .

. . . about the outstanding launch of Ame Dyckman's WOLFIE THE BUNNY, illustrated by growingly beloved Zach OHora (Little, Brown, with Alvina Ling and Bethany Strout editing)  No? Get a load of this!
☆ Horn Book
☆ Publisher's Weekly
☆ Booklist
☆ School Library Journal
What's more, look what New York Media Works wrote about last week's 90-Second Newbery Film Festival at the New York Public Library
'Ame Dyckman and Zachariah OHora's "Wolfie the Bunny" steals the show at the @[273691935986140:274:The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival] at the @[21557622350:274:NYPL The New York Public Library]!'
Ame Dyckman and Zachariah OHora’s 
“Wolfie the Bunny” steals the show!
(Of course the Newbery is not one of the awards we are hoping for, but still....)
It was an Amazon Editor's Pick
No less a personage than NYPL's Betsy Bird called it "the most charming picutrebook published so far this year" in ye ol' Huffington Post.
Look for reviews this Sunday in The New York Times, U.S.A.Today, and The Chicago Tribune
Ready the confetti! We have a hit!

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