Words Bubbling Up

Okay writers. This post if for you 🙂


The meaning and symbolism of the word - «Bubble»

Do you have some words bubbling up inside you, just waiting to get out? 

We have all been hunkering down from this virus, from unrest, from…

NPR is giving us an outlet. 

Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, I know you have words you can use to describe how you’re feeling. Write them down and send them to NPR and Kwame Alexander, Morning Editing’s resident poet – yes the show has it’s own poet, who knew? – will pick out words from our entries and create a poem for us!

The NPR piece and info on how to enter is here:

Here is the except from the Langston Hughes poem “I Dream a World”


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An Interview with Author/Illustrator Jessixa Bagley

Great piece on writing and illustrating but it’s not just for someone who is doing both. Authors of children’s books need to think about (and leave room for, as Jessica mentions) for the illustrator to do their thing. I love working with illustrators. They always, always surprise me!

SCBWI Wisconsin | Blog

The SCBWI-WI Fall Retreat, Let’s Get Crafty, is just a few weeks away. Although it’s sold-out, we’re so grateful that each member of the amazing faculty has answered a few questions for our blog. 

Jessixa Bagley is a children’s book author/illustrator. Her love of books and storytelling are inspired by classic storybooks and her childhood experiences in the Pacific Northwest. Jessixa has traveled both domestically and internationally for school visits, keynotes, and workshops to speak about her books. Her first picture book, Boats for Papa, has won numerous awards including the 2016 Washington State Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Award. Her picture book, Laundry Day, is the winner of a 2018 Ezra Jack Keats Honor Award for Writing. She lives in Seattle with her husband and son. Follow her on twitter: @jessixabagley

Jessixa-Bagley_bio-216x300-1.pngYour presentation is Both Sides of the Picture Book. Can you give us a sneak preview?…

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Stop Calling It Vanity Publishing

Are you a vain publisher if you self-publish?
I don’t think so.
Maybe Persistant Publishing
or Uncompromising Publishing
or …

The Let's Play Ball Blog

1231021950More than a decade into the self-publishing revolution, it’s hard to believe we’re still being subjected to dire warnings about “vanity publishing.” Can there possibly be a more tired phrase than that? If it’ll do any good, I’ll admit that I’m vain. Whenever I publish, I chose to pay dearly for the privilege. A complete package includes professional covers, copyrights, thorough editing, and at least rudimentary marketing. Those don’t come cheap, and all are absolutely essential for even moderate success.

Like many other aspiring authors, I have found the traditional path not totally unresponsive to my queries, yet ultimately unsuited to my type of writing. There are simply too many rules. I like to mix genres, which makes it next to impossible to fit into a publishing niche. My novels start out as chicklit, but then I complicate things by adding healthy doses of social and/or political commentary. Not an…

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Clutter-Free Writing Space: Writescape Guest Post

What’s your writing space like?

Small House Big City

I’m posting my recent guest blog post on the wonderful site Their fabulous blog ‘Top Drawer’ is a treasure trove of writing hacks and inspiration.

The Minimalist Writer

Open concept is a must in all modern IKEA-catalogue-worthy homes. The glossy photos selling Swedish furniture promise you zen and relaxation. The reality is, unless you are living in a staged home, the open-concept layout likely means you’re being more overwhelmed by constantly looking at your overstuffed abode.

And for some writers, that can be deadly.

When you don’t have an uncluttered space to disappear to, your ability to hunker down and write can be seriously hampered.

Yes, you can write amid household chaos, but on some level you will always be fighting the distraction. It’s something I’ve had to struggle with until I found a solution.

Writer in a small house

Without a basement rec room, our main floor…

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Formatting Manuscripts – What you need to know!

Some good information here, but note – this publisher is in Australia (I think) so the quote and line spacing thing is different than in the US.

In general, you don’t have to do any formatting to your manuscript if you plan on having someone else format it for you. They can do all that. You just concentrate on creating a great story! 🙂

Plaisted Publishing

What You Need to Know!

This isn’t about how to format.  It’s about what you need to format for some of the different areas of writing, editing and publishing.

Formatting is something all writers need to learn at the start of their career.  It will save you time, money and gain you experience of all the different types of formatting that are around today.  Remember as technology improves, formatting is likely to change too.

I have blogged about formatting before.  As a professional formatter and publisher it can be very irritating when work arrives with tab indents.  To me this is one of the biggest NO’s there is.  The other problem is all the different types of formatting needed for editors, submissions, publishing and even writing, never mind the different genre’s there are in the world today.  

So how do we start?  Great question!

First are you…

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Spring with Emily Dickinson – Brain Pickings

We always need inspiration. Spring definitely gets me going! How about you?


Feeling inspired by spring. Here are some thoughts from Miss Emily on the subject. Thanks to Maria Popova

“Today is very beautiful — just as bright, just as blue, just as green and as white, and as crimson, as the cherry trees full in bloom, and the half opening peach blossoms, and the grass just…

Source: Spring with Emily Dickinson – Brain Pickings

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2019 UW Writers’ Institute conference recap

Me on a publishing panel at the UW Madison Writer’s Institute this weekend. Also spoke on editing and heard some great speakers.
I don’t look very happy, but I was!! I was having a good time! I have to remember people take pictures – Ug!


The annual UW Writers’ Institute conference took place this past weekend.

The conference opened with moving, beautiful readings from participants of the UW Odyssey Project.

There were great keynote speakers like Jane Friedman and Jennie Nash, and one of the most talented, supportive networks of authors I’ve ever met. We learned about everything from creating a podcast to improving our websites and much, much more. This was my fourth time attending this conference and I’ve published over twenty books, but I still walk away with tons of new ideas and inspiration. Not to mention, this industry changes so quickly that it’s impossible to ever know it all.

Proud to be included in the success panel along with Kristine Hansen, Bibi Belford, Rita Schunk, Greg Renz, Heather Shumaker, Kristine Ziegler, rr campbell, and Julie Holmes. Photo by Kristin Oakley.


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