Meet the Publishers! Monday, March 28th

To all authors, publishers, illustrators – anyone who wants to know:

Meet the Publishers! is coming to Tulsa in mere days. Learn how the publishers work with your books in different settings. This is a FREE event.

Monday, March 28th, 7:00 PM
Martin Regional Library (Auditorium)
2601 S. Garnett Rd., Tulsa, OK

Website: http://jespiddlin.com/designingtheworldwithwords/meet-the-publishers.html

See you all there!

This year’s event is brought to you by Tulsa Area Children’s Book Writers and Designing the World with Words.

Also…
– COMING ON APRIL 8TH AND 9TH –
In one fabulous weekend, learn how to take your manuscript from the first draft to book signing. Register soon! Time is running out! (Click on the flyer for more info.)

Read.Write.Share! Writers Weekend

 

Tulsa – Meet the Illustrators! Monday, March 14th

As the organizer of Tulsa Area Children’s Book Writers, I started a new thing, last year. I decided to introduce my writers to some local illustrators  and give them an opportunity to ask questions. It’s back this year and open to the world.


To all authors, publishers, illustrators – anyone who wants to know:

Meet the illustrators this coming Monday evening and bring all your questions! Learn how the illustrators work with your books in different publishing settings. This is a FREE event.

Monday, March 14th, 7:00 PM
Martin Regional Library (Auditorium)
2601 S. Garnett, Tulsa, OK

Website: http://jespiddlin.com/designingtheworldwithwords/meet-the-illustrators.html

See you all there!

This year’s event is brought to you by Tulsa Area Children’s Book Writers and Designing the World with Words.

Exciting Year

2016 is truly a writer’s year.

If you are a writer, illustrator, editor, publisher, or just curious about the process, you should attend some area conferences and workshops. I have a page on this website (EVENTS) that shows all the events I plan to attend, this year. I also have another page (LINKS) where I post links to many other area events, too. The links to these pages are at the top. (Look up!)

I have a lot of projects coming up. The Adventures of Dayton Barnes will be published very soon. I’m currently planning some workshops for this year. I’m putting together some new sessions I’m very excited to offer. Of course, my workshop site is at http://jespiddlin.com/designingtheworldwithwords . Keep an eye on that website for updates with new workshops as I plan them. Right now, all my workshops are in-person.

The little pop-up tent work space did not give me a permanent enough station to use it whenever I needed. We had too much rain and rushing water, so I had to put it away for a couple of weeks and work indoors. I accomplished very little writing and editing with the grandkids and their parents here. I am not complaining. We all need a place to go once or twice in our lives and I’m thankful to be able to help them through this period. But I had to find a way to work around them. I still have the tent for times when I need to work away from home, but it wasn’t quite what I needed here at home.

I decided to build a small “office” on our concrete slab, out back. We built the walls in our living room, with 7 people wandering back and forth. When the walls were finished, we took it outside and assembled it. The office doesn’t look like much, but it allows me to stay outside in rain, shine, wind, all night, etc. We have had coyotes, a bobcat… lots of critters walk by that building at night, when I’m working. (With the bobcat out and about, I’m glad I’m not sitting in that little pop-up tent.) My office is a tiny 4 ft. x 8 ft. building. My husband and I both use it and love the privacy. The sounds of nature are a great joy, also. In this picture, it’s still being built, but you get the idea. I love my little office and spend a lot of time out there.

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New Things

In recent weeks/months:

I’ve been promoted to Children’s Corner Imprint Editor at 4RV Publishing. It has been a wonderful move for me, although I’m still adapting. I love my job!

I’ve got my own car to get around town, now. I love having my freedom, again.

Our son and his family have temporarily joined our household. I love having them here, but it does put a little crimp in my work time. I’m still learning to work around everyone and all the activities.

I have acquired a new “writing room.” When the weather permits, this is my private space to work. It is small, but warm and offers windows and a door to let the sun or breeze in, so the claustrophobia monster doesn’t disturb my progress.

Moments ago, I added a new page with links to books I’ve edited, or helped edit, etc. Click on the Edits link, above, to learn more.

See you again, soon!

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A Book!

I’ve got a short story in this new anthology just released by the Tulsa NightWriters. Here are links to both versions. There are some very good writers involved with this one.

A River of Stories – Kindle Version

A River of Stories – Paperback Version

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It’s Autumn!

This is such an exciting time of year! I love the autumn. It is a sign of things coming soon… Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, cooler weather, long hours writing great stories, and snow ice cream. I love my snow ice cream. But in Oklahoma, we only get enough snow every four or five years. I have my fingers crossed for this year. In the meantime, I’m doing what I can to insulate our home for cold weather. How about you?

This Saturday, October 24, 2015, I’m holding a workshop for folks who want to write a novel in 30 days. This is the last workshop for the year, so don’t miss it. (Click here for more info.If you’ve written a novel in a month, please bring some helpful notes explaining how you made it all the way to the end. This workshop will be more about sharing and helping each other. We’ll have a table or two for you to leave copies for others to take. 

In recent months, many things have been happening for me. I’ve been holding more workshops, attending great conferences, winning some writing awards, and working hard to bring The Adventures of Dayton Barnes to the market very soon.

Next year, thanks to a good deal of interest, I’m expecting to hold a few of my workshops online. Hope to see you there.

Have a wonderful and exciting autumn!

Writing Believable Dialogue

This Saturday, August 22nd, I’ll be holding another workshop in Broken Arrow for folks who want a little more insight on writing believable dialogue. Visit the website for more information.

http://jespiddlin.com/designingtheworldwithwords/believabledialogue.html

In the meantime, here’s a tip:

Include the setting in the dialogue. Let your characters use that setting. Have them pick up the piece of paper they are talking about, stare at a picture on the wall, or spill a drink on new clothes.

People don’t just talk with their eyes closed, in the dark. There are things all around us. We move within that space and use those things. Let your characters do the same. Let them “experience” their surroundings the same way we do. When you go back to edit your work, don’t forget to make sure you activated all the readers’ senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch) through the characters.

See you on Saturday!

Designing the World With Words – Editing Workshops

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Click on the pic to learn more about the workshops.

Don’t miss Stop the Head Hop on Saturday, June 27th, 2015.

The 2015 Hustle Begins

A lot is going on for me lately. In January, I set up a MEET THE ILLUSTRATORS! Night for a couple of local writers’ groups. We enjoyed learning the information they shared.

In March, I have called together a panel of five area publishers who will answer questions at a MEET THE PUBLISHERS! Night in Tulsa. That event will be at Martin Regional Library (in the auditorium) on Monday, March 9th, 6:30 PM. If you come, bring questions.

On Saturday, March 21st, I will be offering a workshop in Broken Arrow, OK, called EDITING YOUR FICTION STORY. Writers will learn fun, easy editing tricks to expose the real story behind the words. Find more information at http://jespiddlin.com/designingtheworldwithwords

THE ADVENTURES OF DAYTON BARNES – A middle grade fiction anthology to entertain ages 9-12. The submission deadline has been extended to the end of March. A lot of wonderful stories have been submitted. Some have been accepted, some have been rejected. Find more information about submitting, visit http://jespiddlin.com/DaytonBarnes/submit

ANYTHING GOES, VOLUME 2 is a multi-genre, unthemed anthology that promises to be just as good as Volume 1 from last year. The authors are working hard to bring you an exciting collection of stories this summer. Yes, I am editing this volume, too.

I have a few writing conferences to attend this year. Will you be attending any? Which ones? Good luck with any contests you enter and at all the conferences. Learn as much as you can and share!

I am editing a very interesting story for 4RV Publishing that will be coming out in just a few months. I’ll let you know when it is published.

Don’t forget to write notes on the back of people’s business cards that you collect, to help you remember special discussions, etc.. It makes them feel special when you recall conversations and know where you met them.