Dawne Webber

Confabulating with Alice Speilburg

Literary agent Alice Speilburg and I met at a writing conference. She was very pregnant and spent many long hours in an uncomfortable chair listening to pitches. That evening, she drove back to Kentucky. As someone who has been pregnant five times (but who’s counting), I was amazed by her enduring good humor and the […]

A Visit to Writer’s Digest

You know that first draft? The one you really, really want to share with someone. The one your critique group has been clamoring to read because you haven’t submitted anything in months? Think twice before letting others read it. If you want to know why, check out my guest post, Draft Dodging, at Writer’s Digest […]

Beyond the Book-Submissions and Tracking

So you’ve completed the book, written a brilliant query letter and researched a list of agents/editors who will love your book-baby. Now it’s time to get a submission packet together and dive into the query trenches. Submission Packet A submission packet for fiction consists of: Query letter—Refer to Beyond the Book: Queries Synopsis—A one or […]

Chicago or BUST!

The SCBWI Wild, Wild Mid-West Conference Calling all writers of children’s books. Plans are underway for this incredible, colossal, unforgettable event!!!!!! This year’s theme is The Roaring Twenties. It’s going to be the bees knees, baby!!!!! Mark your calendars and let’s get  going!!!! Chicago Marriott-Naperville, IL Program & Faculty:  40 faculty members!  8 different intensives —(three hour in-depth […]

Beyond the Book-Agents

Now we get to the fun part of querying—hunting for agents. And it’s something you can do before your book is complete. Searching for agents before you’re ready to query has its perks: Need a pick-me-up or a little break from writing or revisions? Spend a few minutes hunting for agents. WARNING: Sometimes you forget […]

Beyond the Book-Query Comps

In my previous article, I promised to post the evolution of the query that ultimately resulted in an offer from an agent. I’ve only posted the hook paragraphs because the hook is the most important part of the query, and it’s the only part of the query I revised. The word count stated is for the excerpt, […]

Beyond the Book-Queries

Query Letter. Two unassuming words that those of us who have fought in the query trenches regard with awe and dread. The query letter is the tool necessary to introduce your novel to an agent or editor. Nonfiction has different submission protocol. Click here for nonfiction basics. Back to fiction. Literary agents receive almost 200 unsolicited (meaning […]

Beyond the Book-Part One

We writers love the new year. It’s like a clean sheet of paper, ripe with possibilities. Resolutions, with their promises of finally making it over the rainbow, fill us with anticipation. For those of you who’ve resolved to get that book published, this post is a good place to start. Because getting that book published […]

Beating Your Dialogue Senseless

The older I get, the more I learn (that’s a positive spin on the older I get the less I know), especially when it comes to writing. At the risk of shocking you with my ignorance and shaming myself, I’m going to share something I recently learned about writing. Beats. I’d heard of these things called […]

Confabulating with Katherine Jacobs

I met Katherine Jacobs on an unseasonably cold night in October. Well, here in Michigan, there is no such thing as unseasonable, but Katherine is a native Michgander, so she’s used to the seasonably unseasonable weather. Anyway, we both attended a lovely gathering the night before an SCBWI-MI conference. Katherine is a senior editor at Roaring Book Press, an imprint […]