I hope that those of you who are attending the Missouri SCBWI Fall Conference this November are doing your homework. What homework? Studying works by the keynote speakers. This is especially essential for those of us who will be approaching an editor or agent but it is just as important if someone is critiquing your manuscript. Just attending someone’s session? Read their work as well. It will help ground you before you get to work on November 3.
Here is a partial list to get you started.
Writing Great Book for Young Adults by Regina Brooks
Clients and Their Books:
Aline Alexander Newman’s Ape Escape
Ana Maria Rodriguez’s Natural Disasters — Fires; Great Disasters — Fires; Edward Jenner: Conqueror of Smallpox; A Day in the Life of the Brain; Secret of the Sleepless Whales . . . and More!; Secret of the Bloody Hippo . . . and More!; Secret of the Puking Penguin . . . and More!; Secret of the Singing Mice . . . and More!
Sundee Frazier’s Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It
Lynda Durrant’s Imperfections; My Last Skirt: The Story of Jennie Hodgers, Union Soldier; The Sun, the Rain and the Appleseed: A Novel of Johnny Appleseed’s Life.
Karma Wilson’s Bear Snores On series, A Frog in the Bog, Little Pip series.
Suzanne Morgan Williams’ Bull Rider
Adrienne Maria Vrettos’ Skin and Sight
Shelia P. Moses’ The Legend of Buddy Bush; I, Dred Scott; Joseph.
Karen Katz’s Counting Kisses; Mommy Hugs; Stalling
Ellen Hopkins’ books
David Harrison (to keep this list manageable, I’ve arbitrarily decided to list only David’s books published since 2007):
bugs, poems about creeping things
Cave Detectives, Unraveling the Mysteries of an Ice Age Cave
Mammoth Bones and Broken Stones
A Monster is Coming
Partner Poems For Building Fluency
Vacation, We’re Going to the Ocean!
Now — get reading!