Tag Archive: MuseWrite


Revisions? Yay!

Yeah, I know. Seems too chipper, right? But hear me out.Feeling too good this week?

I’ve been chomping at the bit to query for THIRTY DECIBELS. The letter’s been through the wringer (courtesy of YAlitchat and the practice boards at WriteOnCon) and I’m raring and scraping my feet to pound the path ahead. The manuscript itself has seen about four complete drafts, of 5-7 revisions each. (Sounds weird, right? Post to come.)

But I must take deep breaths.

I know these pages need more eyes on them – starting with my SCBWI colleague/friend Trina Sotira. She co-founded Musewrite and gave me amazing feedback through a three-chapter critique I won at the Armchair Auction for Evanston libraries. She even helped shape my synopsis. Simply put, Trina rocks.

So of course I had to send her the full MS for a big-picture critique. Only one other pro has seen it so far – author Kevin MColley, the instructor for my class through the Institute of Children’s Literature.

Today, Trina told me I’ll get the critique on Friday – that she’s got some good ideas on “restructuring.”

If you’d asked me a year ago how I’d react to a word like that, I might have squinted and tried to save face with a pat answer like, “Heh. Could be… interesting…?”

But I seriously cannot wait to see what she says. She explained she’d like to take the story to “epic proportions of awesomeness.” How cool is that? She’ll help me see my path forward, so I can send the best possible pages to my epically awesome beta readers.

Let’s go. My feet are scraping the dirt again.

Speaking of epically awesome beta readers: would you like to be one?

Please leave a comment below or click my pic at the top right.
(And thanks in advance!)

Libraries’ Armchair Auction: AMAZING

I want to extend the warmest of thanks to everyone involved with the Evanston, IL Public Library FriendsArmchair Auction.

All I had to do was ask – and my heroes, Adam Selzer, James Kennedy, Claire Zulkey, Jodi MacArthur, Trina Sotira, Cynthea Liu, and Beverly Patt contributed fabulous auction prizes. (Jodi asked Ms. Karen Schindler to donate – pyramid scheming at its finest.) Their items raised $500. And, they just rock.

But even they would agree: the best heroes of the day were the ones clicking, bidding and winning from those armchairs, snatching up 300+ items among 30 categories, from Memorabilia to Health & Fitness… to Author Outings of “hilarity and literarity.

The success astounds.

Organizers have informed me the auction raised over $34,000 for Evanston Libraries.

Taken with their fundraising efforts thus far, the EPLF has raised well over half of their $200,000 goal to keep Evanston’s North and South branches open. (Click here and here for the big-pic sitch.)
Your support is greatly appreciated.

Lori Keenan, VP of Evanston Public Library Friends (and another of my heroes), shared her thoughts with me this morning:

Overall, it was an amazing effort by an incredibly talented and creative team. From development of the auction name and logo, right down to the final bid, they were a model of organization and enthusiasm. We are extremely grateful, and the money raised by the auction will go a long way in supporting our efforts to keep the libraries open. Everyone involved can feel great in knowing they helped to make a real difference.

If you haven’t yet, please consider supporting the EPLF.
Libraries mean so much more than books. And books mean the world!

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