Thursday, November 3, 2011
I'm on the 5-hour train ride home from a children's book writer's retreat at an historic lodge on Lake George.
It was cold, there was no cell phone reception, and no TV, so I'm lucky to be alive.
But I met some nice editors and fellow writers, got a manuscript critiqued, and got lots of creative inspiration, so it was a win overall.
Would've been better in summer, that's all. (Some people like to look at leaves and drink coffee. I like to jump in the water and drink Coke Zero.)
Here's some free advice, courtesy of a real book editor: the title and first line are by far the most important elements of any picture book.
That's my freebie to you--I just saved you a few hundred bucks. You're welcome.
Okay, one more: "Every day we make new children--let us also make new children's books."