Children’s Book Categories

Recently I have seen some confusion about what is a picture book vs a chapter book (don’t chapter books have pictures too?) and what is a middle grade title. Obviously there are some gray areas, and some titles that cross genres. But I thought I’d do a...

How to Make a Writers Conference Schedule Work for You

It’s that time again. The San Francisco Writers Conference is officially here. This is one I’ve attended every year since before I was an agent, and I wouldn’t miss it. Over theĀ greater Presidents’ Day Weekend, 500 writers, agents, editors,...

Finding Balance

Whether you’re a supporter of the new president and administration or not, you can’t deny they’re causing a lot of chaos and anxiety. It’s hard to keep up with the crazy coming out of Washington. Waking up every day and facing headlines and...

Writing by Hand

After a stint in journalism for daily and weekly newspapers, I spent more than 20 years in and around the high tech industry, so I am very comfortable with computers. I use them in nearly every aspect of my life. Writing on a keyboard is my preferred method for its...

Congratulations to the 2017 SFWC Contest Finalists!

I’m a fan of reputable writing contests because I see them as a milestone on a writer’s career path. Imagine what it must feel like to finally put your book idea on a page (or 350 pages) and then show that work to strangers. Frightening! Exhilarating! That...