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Guest post by Jennifer Brown Banks on blogging for pay on my website today: http://bit.ly/n9PPFu

I came across this article when I was getting ready to talk about "Writing to Suit," which included work-for-hire, writing to magazine theme lists and editorial calendars, writing on assignment and blogging. Jennifer obviously knew more than I did, so I thought I'd ask her if I could post her article on my site. Obviously, she said yes.


Back from the LA Conference

Information overload - I'm sure I'll be digesting what I heard/saw at the SCBWI Summer Conference over the next few weeks and months.

Playing catchup...
  • Body time clock - was gone for 8 days so adjusted to Pacific time, now to adjust back to Central
  • Electronically - I didn't check emails, facebook, twitter while gone - way behind
  • At home - ackk, the dog hair, mail piles, etc.  But my husband had clean sheets on the bed for us!
  • For ICL - new assignments to comment on and write instructional letters arrived yesterday
  • September 12th Kansas SCBWI Conference work - need to follow up with speakers, attendees and more
Despite all that...
  • I had a great trip
  • Made new friends
  • Caught up with old friends
  • Heard/met editors and agents that I'd had no contact with before
  • Heard/met authors and illustrators new to me or had only seen on the page before
  • Got to stick my feet in the Pacific Ocean - ahhh!
  • Ideas are brimming in my head
Off to get back to work again . . .

Just had my 3rd over the phone training session.  Andrea R at the Institute is great.  Likes what I'm doing with my "test" student; pointed out some things I need to change, but really they were pretty minor.  The scariest part is the Instructor's procedure's manual.  I know it will all become "old hat" later, but at this point I can see returning packets to the Institute may be a bit intimidating.

And why is it that questions always come to mind AFTER the phone call is over?!  Oh, well, writing question down...  May find it when I do my homework of reading the latest batch of material.  If not, next session will ask question.

The training material is great, too.  I'm really going to enjoy being an instructor.  Much nicer way to make additional monies than working in a not-related-to-writing field.

Another blog - questioning myself

Hmm, to be a regular blogger on KidLitCentral I need a LiveJournal account, so hence the creation of this one.  I already have a website where I blog on children's books and post articles about writing for children, so this will have to be unique.

One thing floating around in my mind recently is how much I struggle with the characters in my books.  Why is that?  Do I have difficulty making them deep, because I'm basically not deep?  I don't feel like I have a lot of deep thoughts.  Or is it that I'm not very introspective?  Or is it that I'm too familiar with myself?  Or too afraid to show the real me?

Maybe the latter.  But I have doubts. 

Other writers have told me, "you must tell the secrets."  But I feel I have no secrets, well at least ones worth mentioning.  I had a pretty easy and happy childhood; lived a boring life.  Why would anyone want to read anything about someone like me?  Or what could I possibly have to say?  It's like regressing to childhood and that fear of not fitting in, not having others like me, that I'm almost surpised when others do.  I may be 5+ decades old, but the real fearful me still is back there somewhere.  Which is why I find my children's novels are about facing fears.

And, then of course I fear they aren't good enough.  I have two currently being submitted and a third almost ready to go.  I have to resist the urge of "why bother, they probably won't find a publishing home."  I think that when a "big" publishing house purchases one, I'll be over those fears.  Yet, I know from talking to other writers, seeing other's experiences, that it "ain't so."  Unfortunately.  Most writers continue to fear the quality, the value of what they produce.

So my conclusion?  Keep questioning.  Discover more about myself and my characters.  Find out those secrets.  Even if they're trivial.  Don't be afraid to share.  Which means keep writing, keep trying to get better, and, yes, keep submitting.