Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 27, 2011

2011 Writing and Illustrating Articles

Cynthia Iannaccone sent in this adorable holiday picture.  If you would like to see more of Cynthia’s illustrations you can visit her blog at:

In 2011, I blogged everyday and shared with you places to submit your work, contest you could enter, new editor and agent information, NJSCBWI conference, workshops, and other writing events, editor and agent preferences, new publishers, children industry news, kudos and successes, opportunities, writing and illustrating prompts, talented artists and their process, and articles you can use to push your writing to the next level. 

I hope you enjoyed your visits and reading my posts.  Below are some of those articles from 2011:

Resist the Urge to Explain –

Six Tips to Spice Up Your Novel –

Dialogue Tips –

Four Key Self-Publishing Categories –

What the SCBWI Is and Is Not –

Conference Do’s and Don’ts –

Are You Pitch Ready? –

Skype Tips –

How to Synopsis –

Making Music With Your Prose –

Poetic Tools for Prose –

Writing Tips for Top Novelists –

First Page Tips –

Tips:  How to Handle a Negative Critique –

50 Sentences to Spark Ideas –

Pros and Cons of a New Agent –

Do it Yourself – Making a Book trailer –

Picture Book to Novel Checklist –

Tips for Writing Tone –

Writing Muslim –

Middle Grade Voice –

Acquisitions and After –

Road to Publication –

16 Tips to Prepare for NaNoWriMo – 50,000 words –

Ins and Outs of Writing a Book Proposal –

Are You Ready to Revise? 10 Tips –

39 Clues to Drive Traffic to Your Site –

Setting the Scene –

Synopsis Tips and Questions –

What is Your Rejection Letter Threshold? –

Critique Groups and Criticism –

Is Your Book Publish Ready? –

Importance of Networking –

Why You need an Agent –

Gawking Characters –

Life Cycle of a Book –

Talk – Converstion – Making Things Happen –

Blue Language and Purple Prose –

How to Turn Off a Prospective Agent –

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Kathy, I know I’ve certainly enjoyed, appreciated and marveled at the many diversified entries you’ve put up over the years. Thank you SO much, for EVERYthing you do 🙂



  2. Kathy, Thanks for a year packed full of advice and information through your blog. You are so generous with the time you spend educating us. Mary


  3. Kathy,

    Thank you so much for all you do throughout the year!

    You have boosted my confidence as a writer and opened so many doors, allowing me to get a peek in at the publishing industry, (with which I am completely obsessed!)

    When I finally started to move forward with my dream, I was clueless. You have lit the path for me and I am eternally grateful for your tireless efforts.

    I can honestly say that your blog is the only email that I NEVER delete! They are a regular point of reference for me!

    I look forward to working with/for you in 2012, so that I may give back to NJSCBWI.

    Have a Happy New Year!!
    Eileen Balesteri


    • It’s one of the few I never delete either! 😀


  4. You are absolutely amazing, Kathy! I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned from all your articles and I’ve bookmarked so many of them. thank you for all you do to help so many people.
    Pam Bickell


  5. I’ve definitely enjoyed them. Thank you for all you do here.


  6. LOVE reading your posts!!! Thank you for this wonderful summary as well, Kathy! Happy New Year! Carole


  7. This is a terrific summary of posts. I am still catching up on all the great info you have posted on this blog, and I appreciate this chance to hit some of the highlights I have not yet uncovered on my own! Thank you!


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