TOPIC: Happy New Year! Gaze into your crystal balls and tell us what you see in 2016, for you and for kidlit in general.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
TOPIC: It's almost year-end, so let's talk "best of" or "favorite" or "most interesting" books of the year!
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
TOPIC: Food is a major player during the holidays. Share thoughts on food as character; as setting; as plot motivator . . .
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
TOPIC: Share bookish gift ideas plus favorite literacy charities and initiatives that deserve the support of holiday donations.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
TOPIC: Leftovers! Share tips on warming up old projects and using ingredients on hand to create new mash-ups.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
TOPIC: Share your thanks--for the people, projects and 'aha!' moments that kept you going this year!
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
TOPIC: Pressure--a moderate amount spurs creativity, but how much is *too* much?
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
TOPIC: It's almost the end of the year, so let's talk mock Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, Belpre and more!
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
TOPIC: If it's November it must be challenge time! Do you sign on for NaNo, PiBo, or any of the other creative group challenges?
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
TOPIC: Share scariest kidlit moments: monster tech fails, school visit horrors; scream-inducing reviews; ghoulish fans . . .
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
TOPIC: Anything new working for you in terms of promotion and marketing? Anything working/not working like it used to?
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
TOPIC: What does it take to make a living in this business? Writing/illustrating alone? What skills do you use to supplement?
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015
TOPIC: Can you imagine abandoning your creative pursuits? Have you ever given yourself permission for a strategic time-out?
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
TOPIC: Read any banned books lately? What is the appropriate response, individual or collective, to these kinds of challenges?
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
TOPIC: Good vs. bad distractions: when do you allow yourself to wander creatively and when do you forge straight ahead?
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
TOPIC: It's quarterly check-in time: what's new? What projects have you begun or wrapped up since June?
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
TOPIC: How do you imagine your work being used in a classroom? Do you think about standards/Common Core when creating? Ever?
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
TOPIC: What does 'quirky' or 'edgy' mean to you as a writer, illustrator, parent, educator, librarian, bookseller or publisher?
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
TOPIC: What's worse than a pitch? THE SYNOPSIS! Let's talk synopses - what works, what doesn't, plus tips, tricks, and tools.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
TOPIC: Query & Pitch: words which can strike terror into our hearts. How do you create great queries/pitches (and handle fear?)
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
TOPIC: Do you have an agent? How do you define the relationship? Any tips on how to find the agent of your dreams?
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
TOPIC: What are you reading? And what have you just read that we all have to read?
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
TOPIC: It's our 6th anniversary! Share your #kidlitchat memories... and let's talk about what the next six years should look like.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
TOPIC: What's your best tip for overcoming the blank page (or screen or canvas)--how do you coax inspiration out of hiding?
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
TOPIC: It's quarterly check-in time! Share what's new since March: current projects, progress, new goals and priorities!
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
TOPIC: Give a shout out to your favorite librarians! How can we better support/partner with librarians?
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
TOPIC: What's the "next big thing" in MG? YA? PB? Are there trends you've seen... or wish to see?
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
TOPIC: What are your tips and tricks for making sure the writing/illustrating/work gets done?
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Wednesday, June 3, 2015
TOPIC: What do you think differentiates MG, YA or PB characters (besides age)? And why?
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
TOPIC: What's on your reading list this summer--or what have you read that MUST be on ours?
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
TOPIC: How do you keep yourself organized? What tools and strategies help you schedule work, promotion, submissions, etc.?
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015
TOPIC: Self-publishing keeps on changing. Do you see it as a viable path for you or in children's books? How? Why? #kidlitchat
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
TOPIC: How are YOU present in each of your book projects: via character, or favorite theme, or setting . . . or?
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
TOPIC: Where does poetry fit in in the children's writing world? Does it inform your work? Do you read it?
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
TOPIC: What books (from board books to YA) do you want to see turned into movies?
Thursday, April 16, 2015
TOPIC: What's the most taxing part of this business for you? What part makes it worthwhile?
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015
TOPIC: What, besides your own stories, would you like to see more of in children's lit today?
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
TOPIC: It's March Madness - share "mad" (unusual, crazy, off the wall) things you've seen in the biz. Promos? Stories? Other?
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
TOPIC: They tell us spring is on the way . . . How will you de-clutter, organize and "spring clean" your workspace/work habits?
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
TOPIC: How do you push through dry spells, frustrations, and the doldrums? Or do they never happen to you?
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
TOPIC: Do you push yourself out of your comfort zone in writing/illustrating? How? What works? What doesn't?
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
TOPIC: What type of promotions work for you as a reader? What about as an author/illustrator? What breaks through the noise?
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
TOPIC: How do you deal with the "everyday" things in your book - weather, time, place. Are they characters? Background?
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
TOPIC: Let's talk the State of the Business (or the union between art and commerce).
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
TOPIC: If you were asked improve the children's lit biz for creatives, what would you suggest?
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
TOPIC: Let's share our New Year's "resolutions" for our writing, illustrating, and editing (etc.!).
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