Friday, August 28, 2015

Words of Wisdom from SCBWI LA

I've been struggling to get back into the post-writing groove for a few months now; I keep starting and scrapping posts, second-guessing myself and trying so hard to pick the perfect first new topic...

Forget it.

Writer's block: take THIS!

All you need to think about when writing a picture book:

"Would a child give a DAMN about this book?" ~Mem Fox, author

When laboring over the start of your novel, think:

"If you were my friend telling these first ten pages to me in the grocery store, how would you start? How would you tell me?" ~Jordan Brown, Walden Pond Press

When agonizing why your R&R didn't make the cut, just realize - it wasn't the best fit anyway, because an agent and editor will only take it on:

"If I have a clear vision on how to fix it, a clear vision for how to make it sing." ~Alison Weiss, SkyPony Press

And remember:

"Envy is a good emotion if it drives you to be better." ~Jordan Brown.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Baby! and Agent Achievement: Unlocked!

My greatest adventure has begun:

I am thrilled to announce the birth of Robert Alexander Lakosil!

March 1, 2015 7.5 lbs, 19 in

Obviously, I have been MIA for a bit, and will continue to be as I'm on leave learning to normalize with this little guy.


There will be more posts. Promise. :)

In the mean time, I am also thrilled to announce that I have unlocked a pretty BAMF Agent Achievement: I totally negotiated and closed a deal while in labor and in delivery.


It was a pretty fun conversation to have with the editor:

Me: Oh, sorry for the delay, I had a baby yesterday.
Editor: You had a baby yesterday?!

I can't say that all agents mark these same milestones, but to me, the Agent Achievements include first sale, first royalty payment, first released book, first auction, first pre-empt, first six figure deal, and, of course, negotiating a deal while in labor, etc.