Creative kids can’t spell

This is a personal rant against a trend in children’s literature. This rant does not represent the thinking of Pen Parentis, just of me. Ready? I am so frustrated by the current trend of books aimed at a younger child audience that are filled with intentionally misspelled words (Junie B Jones, Diary of a Wimpy […]

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Publishing or Self-Publishing for Kids

This rambling post isn’t about what you think. My kids and I have a ritual of me reading while they eat breakfast. It started because my son had read Castle in the Attic for school in third grade and wanted to share with his little sister, so, with his own money and without telling me, […]

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Inspiring article – read it and WRITE.

Had to share this inspiring article by Shawn Vestal, sent over by our newest advisory board member, NYC-based literary agent Renee Zuckerbrot.  Shawn’s debut collection, Godforsaken Idaho, was published earlier this month–check out his wonderful essay on The Quivering Pen (link below). Did this ever happen to you? I will admit, I was frantic about […]

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Dystopian Future of Publishing

I’m reeling. I was at a cell phone service store today, chatting with the staff while waiting to deal with a billing question and my guy noticed my email address. “Are you a writer? Carlos is a writer,” says my guy, “Well, not exactly a writer. A publisher.” “Carlos” (name changed, obviously) is a heavyset, laughing, youthful […]

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Emotional Garbage Truck

Okay, so here’s what last week’s crazy parenting moment reminded me of: I was writing a novel while I worked (at my fancypants corporate job I was required to look busy but there was often no work to be done) and one day found myself in an all-out war with a secretary over the office […]

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Want help? Give it. Part 2.

Face it, there’s a reason you’re not getting an agent: it’s not because your writing sucks. If your writing sucked, you wouldn’t be getting encouraging emails from agents saying they are sure it will find a market at some point. You would be getting only standard boring-as-hell, form-rejection letters that probably don’t have your name […]

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