Every writer needs a support group of other writers. Here’s mine:
My marvelous critique group partners:
- Judy Bryan
- Jill Esbaum
- Leslie Helakoski
- Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook
- Pat Lessie
- Chris Miles
- Lisa Morlock
- Cathy Stefanec Ogren
- Norene Paulson
- Evie Robillard
- Kashmira Sheth
And, of course, there are all the wonderful folks at the Erin Murphy Literary Agency. And, if you look to the left, you’ll see a photo of me with noted children’ author and illustrator Kevin Henkes. He and I aren’t really friends, but I've met him and he's very friendly. I am, however, friends with the other woman in the photo, school librarian LuEllen Childers.
The middle photo shows me and JUDY MOODY author Megan McDonald. Meeting her was a huge highlight for me. The right photo shows me with authors Kathy Duval and Mary Hunt.
The photo in the second row is me and my friend e.E. Charlton-Trujillo. We've written four picture books together that are coming soon. And, we make a great tag team for writing conference presentations.
I also blog about how to write picture books at Picture Book Builders (@PicBkBuilders on Twitter and @picturebookbuilders on Instagram).
The blog explores what goes into building a great picture book and exactly how one element of a picture book’s story or art manages to grab us, or wow us or strike an emotional chord. It also features interviews with other picture book creators.
My fellow bloggers are: Kevan Atteberry, Jill Esbaum, Michelle Meadows, Kim Norman, Jennifer Black Reinhardt, Tammi Sauer and Andrea Wang.
If you're wondering how writing friends can help you out, read this post about how a lot of people contributed to my selling THE QUICKEST KID IN CLARKSVILLE.
Or, read this post about the value of hanging out with people who know the same things as you.