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April 18, 2014: The Editor Presenting Market Keynote at SCBWI 43rd Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles, Aug 1 – 4
Join the Editor and other authors, agents, and publishing professionals at the Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators annual info-packed 4-day summer conference. In addition to presenting the market keynote, the Editor will present the session “New Adult Fiction for the Young Adult Writer” and the intensive “Crafting a Youthful Narrative Voice and Sensibility in MG/YA Fiction.” She’s also available for one-on-one critiques. Join the fun! Registration opens Monday, April 21, 10am PST. Intensives fill up FAST.

December 6, 2013: Meet the Editor at the New Adult Sleepover Weekend in Savannah, GA, December 6 – 8
Check out the inaugural New Adult Sleepover Weekend, an event for readers and authors of New Adult fiction. Panels about NA characters and publishing, swag, meet-and-greets, parties . . . a fun and informative weekend! The Editor will be there, meeting and greeting and taking in all things NA. Savannah Riverfront Marriott, 100 General McIntosh Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31401.

November 22, 2013: Meet the Editor on YA Panel at San Diego’s Mira Mesa B&N on November 22
As part of Barnes & Noble’s Discovery Friday event Friday, November 22, at 6pm, the Editor will be part of a lively panel about books for young people with Shannon Messenger, author of the middle grade series Keeper of the Lost Cities and the teen trilogy Let the Sky Fall, and Debra Driza, author of the YA thriller Mila 2.0, the first in a series currently being developed as a series for ABC. The panel will be moderated by fabulous Full Circle Literary agent Taylor Martindale. It’s Discovery Friday at the B&N that day, so there will be giveaways all day, including Catching Fire posters, John Green posters, Legos, etc. There will also be a special musical performance by Stacey Leathersich at 8:30. B&N: 10775 Westview Pkwy, San Diego, CA 92126.

August 22, 2013: The Editor Interview Delves Into How Writers Can Succeed in Publishing
In an interview by N.W. Harris, author of Joshua’s Tree, which currently tops the Goodreads 2013 Summer Reading list, The Editor talks about writing fiction versus nonfiction, her path to publication and editorial career, and three things new writers must do to compete in the current, highly competitive publishing industry: “Publishing is an industry, as unartful as it is to admit that, and writers who want their books out there for readers to buy must consider themselves players rather than pawns.” Full the full interview, visit NWHarrisBooks.

August 5, 2013: The Editor Presents State of the Market Keynote at SCBWI Summer Conference
Publishers Weekly included The Editor in its coverage of the 42nd Annual SCBWI Summer Conference: “Deborah Halverson, founder of DearEditor.com, delivered a keynote titled Market Report: An Up-to-the-Minute State of the Industry, which compiled the results of interviews with 17 publishing insiders…. Halverson reported that sales are up for picture books, but editors are still cautious about the category. Chapter books and early readers remain challenging….” For more highlights from The Editor’s keynote, click over to PW’s article.

May 7, 2013: The Editor to Pen ‘New Adult Fiction’ Craft Book
The Editor will publish Writing and Selling New Adult Fiction with Writer’s Digest Books in Fall 2014. Writing and Selling New Adult Fiction is a hands-on guide featuring essential information, steps, and techniques necessary to turn a clever concept into a top-notch novel for 18- to 26-year-olds as well as the teen and adult crossover audience. The book will include advice on self-publishing into the New Adult marketplace, insider tips for finding the right agent and/or editor and preparing a stand-out submission package for traditional publishers, and an extensive chapter on self-marketing to help writers move boldly into the realm of self-promotion.

April 20, 2013: The Editor to Deliver Keynote at SCBWI 42nd Summer Conference
The Editor will deliver the “Market Report: An Up-to-the-Minute State of the Industry” keynote at the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators 42nd Summer Conference in Los Angeles August 2 – 5, 2013. She will also teach an intensive called “How to Build Your Own Teenager: Techniques for Writing Believable MG/YA Characters, and two one-hour breakout sessions called “The Read-Aloud Factor: Achieving Rhythm without Relying on Rhyme in Picture Books” and “Setting, Wherefore Art Thou?: The Surprising Benefits and How-To’s of Setting in MG/YA Fiction.” For information about attending the conference, click over to the conference home page.

March 18, 2013: Susan Stevens Crummel Joins Revision Week Lineup
The Editor is thrilled to announce that award-winning picture book author Susan Stevens Crummel will be joining the Revision Week lineup! Loved for her solo books as well as her collaborations with author/illustrator (and sister!) Janet Stevens, Susan will shed light on the ins and outs of working through a highly collaborative revision process.

March 15, 2013: Announcing DearEditor.com’s Revision Week 2013, March 24-30
It’s almost time for DearEditor.com’s second annual Revision Week. March 24-30 The Editor will host five authors—who have published a combined 270 best-selling and award-winning books—for a week of revision tips, insights, and stories from the trenches at DearEditor.com. Who’s stopping by? Bestselling and award-winning authors Laura Griffin (romance novels), Matthew J. Kirby (YA novels), Bruce Hale (chapter book series and picture books), Peter Economy (non-fiction), and Larry Dane Brimner (picture books, chapter books, easy readers, nonfiction… you name it!), that’s who! The Editor will add to the excitement with daily drawings for Free Partial Edits and a grand prize Full Manuscript Edit giveaway.

Jan 26, 2013: OnText Blog Features DearEditor.com
DearEditor.com gets the thumbs up in the OnText blog feature “Writing Children’s or Young Reader Books? Great Source of Publishing Help.” OnText is hosted by ghostwriter Maryan Pelland. Pelland calls The Editor “a wealth of information for writers, authors, and ghostwriters to ask questions about the craft of writing or about the very confusing and frustrating publishing industry. Her answers are concise and pull-no-punches.”

Dec 1, 2012: The Editor Celebrates Her First Picture Book with a FREE EDIT Giveaway
The Editor believes writers should celebrate every milestone—and she’s got a milestone to celebrate with her readers. Her first picture book, Letters to Santa, has just published and she’s feting it by giving away a FREE edit of a picture book manuscript up to 2,000 words. Deadline: December 4, 2012. Read the giveaway post for full entry details.

Oct 17, 2012: The Editor Announces Three New Books
The Editor’s three books for Rubicon’s Remix struggling readers series have launched! Brave New World: Cyber World, Brave New World: Meltdown, and Brave New World: Robotic World. To page through previews of the books electronically, visit the Remix: Brave New World series page.

Sept 17, 2012: Finding Bliss Blog Hosts the The Editor, Holds Free Book Giveaway
Excerpt: “Revision can be daunting. . . . Why not give your brain a break by breaking your task into focused chunks? With this approach, you’d pick a writing element, say plot, and ignore everything but that. Working Big Picture chunks to small detail chunks rather than page by page, you’d focus not on revising the story but on honing single elements. Gone is that scattered, overwhelmed feeling.” Read the rest of The Editor’s guest post “Chunking Your Revision” on Laura Howard’s blog Finding Bliss, and enter her giveaway for a free copy of Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies.

August 27, 2012: An Interview with The Editor
Excerpt: “The trick is to make something big happen in the story to create a big emotional impact that would raise the emotional temperature of the story and keep it from being too quiet.” You can the full interview with The Editor on Natasha Yim’s blog “I Must Be a Masochist – A Writer’s Life.”

August 23, 2012: Coverage of The Editor’s SCBWI conference Market Trends Keynote
The Editor complied the “2012 SCBWI Market Survey: Publishers of Books For Young Readers” report for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and gave a keynote at the recent SCBWI Summer Conference about what she learned from her survey – giving attendees the current market needs and trends. To read coverage of her keynote, click over to “SCBWI Summer Conference: Market Keynote Follow-Up with Deborah Halverson” on the SCBWI Blog.

June 28, 2012: The Editor Advises How to Use Subtext as a tool on Quirk and Quill
The Editor’s advice about using subtext to puff up a “flat” fiction manuscript is featured today on Quirk and Quill, a blog hosted by 10 alumni of the Vermont College of Fine Arts writing program. To read the post, click over to “Serving Up Subtext” on Quirk and Quill.

May 25, 2012: The Editor Visits Stanford…Virtually
The Editor talked books and writing during an online chat session today with a Stanford writing class that uses her Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies as their text. The Editor is honored that schools continue to adopt the book for their classes.

Mar 23, 2012: Join The Editor at SCBWI National Conference in L.A. Aug 3-6
The Editor will be at SCBWI’s 2012 Summer Conference in Los Angeles Aug 3-6. She’ll be presenting the Current Market Report keynote, a breakout session on writing dialogue, an intensive on revising your MG/YA novel, and an intensive on creating youthful narrative sensibility. Registration starts April 18 at 10am. Check out the full info on the SCBWI conference page.

Mar 4, 2012: DearEditor.com’s Revision Week with 8 Bestselling, Award-Winning Authors
DearEditor.com brings together eight prolific, bestselling, award-winning authors for Revision Week, 7 days of revision tips, insights, and stories from the trenches. Learn from writers who turn first drafts into lauded books every day:

  • Cynthia Leitich Smith, bestselling YA gothic novelist, picture book writer, short story writer, and popular children’s lit blogger.
  • Kathleen Krull, author of more than 60 books, especially picture books and biographies for young readers.
  • R.L. LaFevers, author of the 13 novels for young people.
  • Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver, and Theo Baker, popular chapter book collaborators.
  • Mark A. Clements, horror/suspense author, screenwriter, and prolific ghostwriter.
  • Nathan Bransford, top blogger and former literary agent-turned-author of the Jacob Wonderbar middle grade books.
  • Rachel Caine, New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of more than 30 novels.

Feb 26, 2012: DearEditor.com Now on Google+
DearEditor.com is pleased to announce the DearEditor.com Google+ page, sharing industry news, creative inspirations, and writing tips to keep you in the publishing know. The new page complements the DearEditor.com Facebook page and the @Dear_Editor Twitter feed.

Feb 26, 2012: DearEditor.com Goes Mobile
DearEditor.com is now mobile-friendly. With the new mobile design, you can easily read new posts and comments on your mobile device of choice, and you can post your own comments on-the-go. With a simple click on the arrow at the top of your mobile display, you can access archives, categories, and any page on the DearEditor.com website.

The Editor to appear on “Writers Voices” Radio Feb 17, 2012
The Editor will appear live on “Writers Voices” 1-2pm CST, Feb 17, 2012. “Writers Voices” airs on KRUU FM 100.1, an open source, solar-powered community radio station that broadcasts to the larger Fairfield, Iowa, area and has worldwide listenership via the web. Each week they air an hour-long interview with a writer, agent, editor, publisher, or someone else connected to the world of writing. To listen to the show live, tune in to KRUU FM radio or go to online at http://www.writersvoices.com. Hear the rebroadcast Monday Feb 20 8 AM on KRUU FM or download it from the archives: http://www.writersvoices.com or http://www.kruufm.com/station/archives/61.

Free Online Workshop with The Editor Feb 21-23, 2012
The Institute of Children’s Literature website is hosting an online YA workshop featuring The Editor. The drop-in Q&A-format workshop takes place on the ICL’s message board, which anyone can read (no registration required). If you want to post a question, you do need to register (for FREE) by sending email to jan.fields@forums.institutechildrenslit.com with the username you want. Check out the ICL’s Guest Speaker archives while you’re there.

Feb 7, 2012:The Editor on “How to Promote Your Book” Podcast
As part of her blog tour for her book How to Promote Your Children’s Books, author/illustrator Katie Davis focused her regular podcast on “Promoting Your Book.” The Editor has a guest appearance. See the episode description here: http://katiedavis.com/how-to-promote-your-book/. Or click here to hear it directly.

Feb 6, 2012:DearEditor.com to host How to Promote Your Children’s Book Blog Tour
Author/illustrator Katie Davis is a tireless promoter whose 9 children’s books have sold over 250,000 copies. On February 6, 2012, Katie shares what she’s learned about promoting books–and she’s giving away a free download of her new eBook How to Promote Your Children’s Book: Tips, Tricks and Secrets to Create a Bestseller. Follow Katie’s full blog tour for more promo insights & giveaways:

Dec 4, 2011:YA Fusion blog Interviews The Editor
YA Fusion, a blog written by YA fiction writers about the amazing world of young adult fiction, interviewed The Editor and hosted a giveaway of Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies. The interviews spans the writing, editing, and reading realm, and offers tips to writers about gauging market trends and walking the line in “edgy” fiction. http://bit.ly/viGL8O

Oct 19, 2011:More Spotlight Week at The Writing Nut: An Interview with The Editor
Spotlight Week at The Writing Nut blog cointinues with an interview with The Editor, covering what makes YA fiction so popular, what aspiring writers should do, and what young readers should know: http://bit.ly/qEOyqs.

Oct 17, 2011:The Editor Featured During Spotlight Week at The Writing Nut
The Writing Nut blog features The Editor and her book Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies all week. Stop by for a review of the book, an interview with The Editor—aka Deborah Halverson—and a giveaway: http://bit.ly/r0l1Ht

Sept 25, 2011:San Diego Union-Tribune Dubs Writing YA Fiction For Dummies “Tremendously Helpful”
The San Diego Union-Tribune dubbed The Editor’s new Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies a Recommended Read, calling it, “Fun, insightful and tremendously helpful.”

Sept 24, 2011:The Editor Presenting at San Diego Public Library Book Festival Oct 1
The Editor is honored to be a part of the SAN DIEGO COUNTY LIBRARY BOOK FESTIVAL Saturday, Oct 1, at the Encinitas Library. Speakers include YA great Ellen Hopkins, bestseller Lisa See, and Skinny Bitch series author Kim Barnouin. The Editor will be presenting in the community room 5 to 6pm. Check out the festival website for a full list of great speakers.

Sept 24, 2011:The Editor Teaches YA at SCWC Conf in Newport Beach Sept 24
The Editor, aka Deborah Halverson, will be presenting “Writing for Teens? Then Think Like One” at the Southern California Writers’ Conference – LA on Sept 24, 2011. Here’s her session description: “Whether your narrator is your young main character or an all-knowing omniscient being, there are ways to convince young readers that you understand them and their view of the world—and to hook’em good and hard in the process. This session teaches techniques for creating a narrative sensibility that reflects the way teens think, resulting in teen fiction that “clicks” with young readers.” Click on over to the SCWC website for details about this conference, which runs Sept 23-25.

August 3, 2011: The Editor featured on Writing on the Sidewalk Blog
The Editor,aka Deborah Halverson, talks writing, Legos, and banging on drums in “Writing on the Sidewalk”, the blog of authors Suzanne Santillan and Sarah Wones Tomp.

August 3, 2011: The Editor on The League of Extraordinary Writers Blog
The Editor, aka Deborah Halverson, is an interview guest on The League of Extraordinary Writers, a blog hosted by dystopian authors Jeff Hirsch, Elana Johnson, Julia Karr, Beth Revis, and Angie Smibert. With Q-and-A about the most common pitfalls for writers, the current rise in YA lit, a list of must-reads for writers, and the viability of self-publishing as an alternative pub path for writers, this interview is full of great information. Check it out!

June 11, 2011: Announcing WYAFFD Blog Tour
Please drop in on this 8-stop blog tour celebrating the publication of Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies. Interviews, guest blog posts on craft, promotion, and chapter books, and a grand finale free webinar. Full schedule:

July 18: Shrinking Violet Promotions
July 19: SCBWI Children’s Market blog
July 20: QueryTracker.net
July 21: Elizabeth O. Dulemba Blog
July 22: Cheryl Rainfield Blog
July 25: Story Connection
July 26: The Got Story Countdown
July 27: Free “Meet the Editor” webinar w/ Katie Davis

June 29, 2011: Interviews, Guest Blogs, Podcasts, & Giveaways in Support of the WYAFFD Virtual Book Launch
Visit these websites and blogs for exclusive content and giveaways in support of the Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummiea Virtual Book Launch from June 29 to July 5 here on DearEditor.com:

June 29, 2011: Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies Virtual Book Launch Begins!
Celebrate the publication of Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies from June 29 to July 5 here on DearEditor.com with daily “Free First Chapter Critique” giveaways, free downloads, excerpts from the book, and profiles of the 13 amazing authors, editors, and agents who so generously contributed sidebars to the book. As the grand finale, The Editor is giving away a “Free Full Manuscript Edit” on the final day. Click here for details about the 7-Day Virtual Book Launch.

June 21, 2011: Announcing the Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies Virtual Book Launch
Celebrate the publication of Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies from June 29 to July 5 here on DearEditor.com with daily “Free First Chapter Critique” giveaways, free downloads, excerpts from the book, and profiles of the 13 amazing authors, editors, and agents who so generously contributed sidebars to the book. As the grand finale, The Editor is giving away a “Free Full Manuscript Edit” on the final day. Click here for details about the 7-Day Virtual Book Launch.

June 20, 2011: Video Writing Tip from The Editor
Click over to Tina Nichols Coury’s blog Tales from the Rushmore Kid for a one-minute video tip from The Editor. The topic: Checking to see if your protagonist has completed a full character arc.

June 8, 2011: Free Webinar with The Editor July 27, 2011
The Editor, aka Deborah Halverson, will be conducting a free webinar with author Katie Davis on July 27, 2011, 9:00-10:oo pm EST. For details or to sign up, visit the webinar information page!

June 6, 2011: Writing YA Fiction for Dummies Virtual Book Launch June 29-July 5
DearEditor.com will be the site of a huge 7-day virtual book launch for the publication of The Editor’s new book WRITING YOUNG ADULT FICTION FOR DUMMIES. Visit every day for exclusive free downloads, book excerpts, profiles of lauded MG/YA author contributors, and daily Free Critique/Full MS Edit Giveaways. More details to come!

June 6, 2011:The Editor to Critique at SCBWI-LA National Summer Conf.
The Editor, aka Deborah Halverson, will be critiquing manuscripts at the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators 40th Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles, August 5-8, 2011. Click on over to SCBWI’s conference site for details about this incredible event.

May 16, 2011:The Editor Gives Setting Tips in Hunger Mountain
The Editor, aka Deborah Halverson, is honored to have an article featured in the summer 2011 issue of HUNGER MOUNTAIN, the Vermont College of Fine Arts’ wonderful journal of the arts. In “Where the Teens Are: 5 Ways to Freshen Up YA Fiction’s Favorite Settings,” Deborah offers writers tips for making familiar teen fiction settings like school and the main character’s room feel provocative instead of inevitable. Click on over to Hunger Mountain for more.

May 11, 2011:The Editor Featured in Anderson Valley Post
Anderson Valley Post, the local paper of Anderson Valley, California, ran an article featuring The Editor, aka Deborah Halverson, and her co-faculty for the Cottonwood Intensive Revision Workshop. To read about Edgar Award-winning author Charlie Price, author/illustrator Dr. Mira Reisberg, and Deborah, click over to Anderson Valley Post. To learn more about the May 21, 2011, conference, go to the conference website.

April 11, 2011:Registration Now Open for Cottonwood Intensive Revision Workshop
Registration is open for the Cottonwood Intensive Revision Workshop, to be held May 21, 2011, in Cottonwood, CA (17 miles south of Redding, CA, and approx. 2 hours from Sacramento). The Editor, aka Deborah Halverson, will be teaching at the event, which is dedicated to helping children’s book writers revise their young adult novels and picture books. The 1-day workshop is hosted by SCBWI‘s California North/Central chapter, with Edgar Mystery Award nominee author Charlie Price and award-winning picture book illustrator, art director, designer, and educator Dr. Mira Reisberg filling out the faculty. For more information or to register (deadline May 1, 2011), contact scbwicanorthcentral@gmail.com or go to the Conference website.

Mar 2, 2011:SCBWI Chapter Features The Editor in Kite Tales
The Editor (Deborah Halverson) lays down some scene advice in the 2011 Spring Issue of Kite Tales, the newsletter for the SCBWI Tri-Regions of Southern California. The chapter has shared a link to the newsletter, which is full of fantastic information: Kite Tales, Spring 2011. For more information about SCBWI (Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators), go to SCBWI.org.

Jan 26, 2011:The Editor to Talk to Teachers about Supporting Young Writers
June 20-23, 2011, teachers earning their MAs will gather at the 32nd San Diego State University Summer Conference, and The Editor (Deborah Halverson) will be there with them. Her session, “BIF! BAM! POW!: Helping Young Writers Release Their Inner Heroes,” focuses on helping young writers tap into the heroes within themselves in order to write about characters who overcome their fears and flaws for heroic outcomes.

Jan 25, 2011:The Editor at Cottonwood Revision Intensive
On May 21, 2011, The Editor, aka Deborah Halverson, will be helping children’s book writers revise their young adult novels and picture books at the Cottonwood Revision Intensive in Cottonwood, California. The 2-day workshop is hosted by SCBWI‘s California North/Central chapter, with author Charlie Price filling out the faculty. For more information or to register, contact scbwicanorthcentral@gmail.com

Nov 29, 2010:The Editor Goes In Between Scenes for FictionNotes
The Editor, aka Deborah Halverson, wrote a guest post today about why it’s crucial that a writer knows what happens in the white space between scenes for author Darcy Pattison’s information-loaded blog “Fiction Notes.” Darcy is a writing teacher and the author of The Book Trailer Manual (www.booktrailermanual.com), several picture books, and the teen fantasy novel The Wayfinder.

Nov 29, 2010:Author Mary E. Pearson Becomes 1st Guest Editor for the Day
As DearEditor.com’s first Guest Editor for the Day, author Mary E. Pearson stepped in to help a frustrated writer battle back against writer’s block. Mary is the award-winning author of five novels for teens, including the new The Miles Between.

Nov 27, 2010:New Feature Added to DearEditor.com – Guest Editor for the Day
DearEditor.com is adding a new feature: Guest Editor for the Day. Starting Monday, November 29, The Editor will occasionally hand over her editorial pen to a publishing colleague who will field a question that falls within his or her realm of expertise. In this way The Editor hopes to add to the depth of the knowledge bandied about DearEditor.com. The more voices we hear, the wiser we become. First up: award-winning author Mary E. Pearson.

Nov 24, 2010:The Editor Answers Callers’ Questions on “Brain Burps About Books” Podcast
Deborah Halverson, aka The Editor, answered listeners’ questions about publishing children’s books on author Katie Davis‘s podcast Brain Burps About Books.” If you’ve got a question you’d like Deborah to answer in a follow-up podcast, call Katie’s toll free line at 888-522-1929 and leave a message.

Nov 11, 2010:One Week to Phone In Questions to The Editor
On November 18th, author Katie Davis will tape an interview with Deborah Halverson, aka The Editor, for Katie’s podcast “Brain Burps About Books.” If you’ve got a question you’d like Deborah to answer in the podcast, call Katie’s toll free line at 888-522-1929 by November 18th and leave a message. DearEditor.com will post an update when that podcast is available for listening.

Oct 11, 2010:Six-Month Free Picture Book Edit Giveaway Winner Announced
Congratulations to Jennifer Carson, the winner of the FREE EDIT giveaway celebrating DearEditor.com’s first six months. Jennifer’s manuscript is entitled Stinking Beauty. To the rest of DearEditor.com’s readers, thanks for a fun first half year. Keep those questions, comments, and anecdotes coming! The more we hear, the more we learn.

Sept 20, 2010:GIVEAWAY! a FREE EDIT of one Picture Book Manuscript
The Editor is giving away a FREE EDIT of one picture book manuscript to celebrate the six-month anniversary of DearEditor.com. To enter more than once, spread the word! See the DearEditor.com giveaway announcement for rules and to enter. Deadline: October 10, 2010.

July 29, 2010: The Editor to Write “Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies”
The Editor, Deborah Halverson, has signed on to write “Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies” for Wiley Publishers’ For Dummies… line, to hit stores June 2011. To learn more about the For Dummies… books, go to www.ForDummies.com.

June 18, 2010: The Editor Guest Posts about Setting in Novels on “Cynsations”The Editor, Deborah Halverson, wrote a guest post today about setting in novels on author Cynthia Leitich Smith’s fabulous blog “Cynsations.” Cynthia is a New York Times and Publishers Weekly best-selling author of YA Gothic fantasies, including Tantalize and Eternal, as well as several picture books for children. Here’s a teaser from Deborah’s guest post, “Setting, Wherefore Art Thou?“: “We need setting in our stories. We need the richness that makes up setting, the sensual engagement that can only come from hearing the crunch of frosty grass under the protagonist’s bare feet, or feeling the sudden whispery kiss of a spider’s web dangling from the eaves. We’d just have a girl walking across a lawn and a creepy old house. Where’s the joy in that?” Check out Cynthia’s blog for the whole post. To learn more about Cynthia, go to CynthiaLeitichSmith.com.

May 31, 2010: The Editor’s Article about Teen Fiction & Melodrama Appears in “The Inside Story

The Editor, Deborah Halverson, wrote the feature article “Melodrama Isn’t a Four-Letter Word” for this month’s “The Inside Story”, a monthly newsletter by Bruce Hale, author of two hilarious chapter book series—the Chet Gecko series, and the Underwhere series. Here’s a teaser from Deborah’s article: “So, you’re thirty-something writing a teen novel, and you want your narrative voice to sound convincingly youthful? That’s an outstanding goal. A believable voice makes all the difference in the success of a manuscript. But how do you actually do it? The answer might surprise you.” To subscribe to “The Inside Story” and read Deborah’s full article, go to http://bit.ly/b3yXd5. To learn more about Bruce Hale, go to BruceHale.com.

May 25, 2010: The Editor Interviewed for SCBWI’s “Industry PROfiles
The Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators has just posted an on-line interview with DearEditor.com’s resident Editor, Deborah Halverson. The interview focuses on Deborah’s literary journey from playroom to publishing house to author’s chair, and explores how she balances her roles as Author/Editor/Mom. The full interview appears in SCBWI’s “Industry PROfiles.”

May 3, 2010: The Editor to Speak at SCBWI-San Diego Chapter Meeting
The Editor, Deborah Halverson, will present “How Do You Know Your Manuscript Is Ready for Submission?” at the season-opening meeting of the SCBWI-San Diego chapter, on September 11, 2010, from 2-4pm, in Hahn Nursing Hall on the University of San Diego campus. For details about the meeting and the chapter, visit their website.

April 15, 2010: One-Month Anniversary Edit Giveaway Winner Announced
Congratulations to Annemarie O’Brien, winner of the giveaway of a free substantive edit of a YA/MG manuscript. Annemarie’s manuscript is an upper middle grade novel titled Dance with Borzois. Congratulations, Annemarie! To the rest of DearEditor.com’s readers, there will definitely be more giveaways like this in the future. Thanks for your enthusiastic support during DearEditor.com’s inaugural month!

April 7, 2010:GIVEAWAY! a FREE Substantive Edit of one YA or MG Fiction Manuscript
The Editor is giving away a FREE Substantive Edit of one Young Adult or Middle Grade fiction manuscript to celebrate the one-month anniversary of DearEditor.com. To enter more than once, spread the word! See DearEditor.com home page for rules and to enter. Deadline: April 14, 2010.

April 6, 2010:The Editor Interviewed on SellingBooks.com
The Editor, Deborah Halverson, talks writing, editing, and why half of females aged 18 – 25 want to be run over by a truck in a new interview on SellingBooks.com. Check it out!

March 13, 2010:Interview on Writers’ Waiting Room about the Creation of DearEditor.com
An interview with The Editor, Deborah Halverson, was posted today on Writers’ Waiting Room. The interview focuses on the creation of DearEditor.com. The Writers’ Waiting Room was launched on the premise that all writers are waiting for something–the next idea, an agent, a publishing contract or the type of quiet that happens when the kids go to bed. It is run by writer Tami Casias, who interviews authors to get their take on living a writer’s life.

March 24, 2010: The Editor to Present Workshop at SCBWI’s Summer 2010 Conference
The Editor, aka Deborah Halverson, will be presenting a workshop at the Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators’ 39th annual summer conference, which will be held at the Century Hyatt in Los Angeles July 30 through August 2, 2010. Deborah’s session is “The Ultimate Checklist for Submitting to Editors: 10 Tests a Novel Must Pass to Prove It’s REALLY Ready for Submission to Editors.” Registration for the conference starts April 28th at www.scbwi.org.

March 3, 2010: DearEditor.com Utters Its First Tweet
DearEditor.com just tweeted its first Gr8 1st Line: “The way I see it, being dead is not terribly far off from being on a cruise ship.” from Stiff by Mary Roach. For more DearEditor.com tweets, go to http://twitter.com/Dear_Editor or just tweet to @Dear_Editor.

March 3, 2010: DearEditor.com Launches
DearEditor.com has just gone live! The first post answers a writer’s question about how to sound like a teenager. Special thanks to this site’s designer, Theresa Stanton at Blogs for Photogs, who took the vision for DearEditor.com to a fantastic new level.

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