One cold, February day…
Charlie woke up...
…and realized it was nearly time for the Picture Book Critique Schmooze!
He immediately called Karol.
“Good idea,” said Charlie. “And I’ll get water and cookies and other important stuff.”
Before they knew it, Schmooze Night was here!
As usual, the Schmooze was quite well attended.
About 30 Schmoozers in all!
Karol kicked things off by announcing some of the upcoming events sponsored by the awesome
- Creative Toolbox on March 7th
- OC Agent's Day on March 31st
- LA county Writers Days (yes, days, plural!) on April 21st & 22nd
Everyone was rapt.
Karol woke the crowd back up when she revealed the Snarktastic acronym she and Charlie had come up with:
It was a wonderful and rewarding time. There were so many talented writers – who were all incredibly generous with their comments.
“But what about US?!” cried the novelists in the room. “WE need Schmoozerific help, too!”
“Never fear,” Charlie and Karol assured them.
At next month’s Schmooze on March 14th, it’ll be time for the middle grade and young adult writers to shine…or crumble under the weight of crushing disappointment when they’re forced to face the reality that their manuscripts are not completely and utterly PERFECT.
Kidding! We will insist upon the same SNARKY approach from critiquers…um, we mean snarky in that good way!
PLUS – we’re having a first-ever (we think) super-awesome SCHMOOZE RAFFLE!
All Schmoozers in attendance get to put their names in a hat for a chance to win a very special prize!
With that, everyone raced home with their brand-spanking-new notes, eager to revise their works of genius, submit them, and succeed!
Except the novelists, who’ll no doubt race home after next month’s Schmooze with brand-spanking-new notes, eager to revise their works of genius, submit them, and succeed!
As for Charlie and Karol, their work was done, so they decided to get some much-deserved rest.
EXCEPT – wait!
Since LOTS of great books have author’s notes and acknowledgements at the end, naturally, so does this one:
Big thanks to Joe, Lupe and Greg for leading tables at the Schmooze!
And for a little more info on making your manuscript shine and/or helping your writing buddies make theirs shine, here are some of the critiquing links that Charlie talked about…
Picture Book Critique questions by Sarah Wones Tomp:
Top Ten Questions Dutton Editors Ask Themselves When Looking At A Manuscript
How to critique a picture book text by Sherryl Clark
Ellen Jackson’s discussion of picture book plots
And remember, keep passing the open windows…
Charlie & Karol