*SCBWI Western Washington had our first professional series meeting of the season. Our featured speaker was Victoria Rock, Founding Children's Book Publisher and Editor-At-Large at Chronicle Books. Ms. Rock gave us a behind-the-scenes look at how an editor and publisher decide to publish a book. She pointed out that it isn't just about a story in all its wonderfulness, but also what is on shelves now. She said we need to be aware of what makes our books different and special. Each of us needs to ask, "What makes my book stand out?"
*Janet Reid, Jill Corcoran, Rachelle Gardner, and Nathan Bransford shared their opinions on the "no response means no" approach to queries. One of the questions Mr. Bransford asked at the end of his post was, "Do you check an agent's response policy before deciding to query?"
My answer: No. I pay attention to response policies, but they don't affect whether or not I'll query an agent. How about you?
*While the economy continues to look green around the gills, some retailers say children's books are doing swimmingly--or at least pretty well. You can read a PW article about it here.
*Nothing to do with books or writing, but Pepper (left) and Thistle (second to left) ran into two fellow Whippets a couple weeks ago. Friends make everything better. :)