News: Dummies, Revision Workshop, FREE EDIT Giveaway

Dear Readers…

On Monday I received an email from my editor for Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies saying, “You’re done!” All the words and periods are in place and the manuscript is now moving into production, headed for pub date July 5, 2011. This means three things:

1. It’s time for a new Free Edit Giveaway
Because that’s how I like to celebrate (well, that and chocolate). Check on Friday (4/15/11) for the giveaway details.

2. My editorial hiatus is over
I am officially picking up my red pen again. You can read more about what and how I edit on this page or you can print this pdf which describes my services.

3. Announcing a revision workshop
Registration is open for the Cottonwood Intensive Revision Workshop, to be held May 21, 2011, in Cottonwood, CA (17 miles south of Redding, CA, and approx. 2 hours from Sacramento). I’ll be teaching at the event, which is dedicated to helping children’s book writers revise their young adult novels and picture books. The 1-day workshop is hosted by SCBWI’s California North/Central chapter, with Edgar Mystery Award nominee author Charlie Price and award-winning picture book illustrator, art director, designer, and educator Dr. Mira Reisberg filling out the faculty. For more information or to register (deadline May 1, 2011), contact, go to the conference website, or click here to view the conference flyer.

Okay, that covers this news break. Off now to get ready for the Free Edit Giveaway….

Happy writing!

The Editor


  1. Congratulations on getting the green light from your editor on your new book!
    PEOPLE – the free edit is a huge deal! I won the last one and Dear-Editor gave me the most insightful, thorough feedback on my MG ms I’ve ever had. (Though I’d love another,I’ll stayout of this one to give others a chance.) You rock for being so generous with your time and talent. 😀

  2. Fabulous! Congratulations! I’d love to announce your book release on my site closer to publication date (along with a small interview) if you’re interested. Let me know and we can set something up. 🙂

    • Thanks for the kind words, Alicia. I worked very hard to cram the book full of techniques and tips. And you won’t believe the amazing authors who generously contributed their insights as sidebars. They embody the spirit of “community” that permeates the children’s book world.

  3. Super news. Congrats! I’ll be stateside just when the book comes out. Gotta order me up a copy. I’ll need some help on draft two of my next book. So your book, followed by your editorial services will be just what I need.

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