Several Updates at The Purple Crayon

As I'm sure many of you have found, it's been hard settling into a new routine. We started self-isolating a month ago. But I've now done some catching up on the Who's Moving Where page. No editorial staff changes due to covid-19 that I know of yet, but I will update  when necessary. The relatively good news is that so far, trade publishers seem to be continuing with acquiring and publishing... 

I had to note some postponed and cancelled events on my Conferences page--but as an aside, I have a few "career consultation" slots still available as a 15-minute online one-on-one meeting via the NE SCBWI conference. These are a time for an author or illustrator to get advice about a career move, a query strategy, or anything similar.  Pleas let me know by April 18 if you are interested in one and I'll connect you to the coordinator.

I spent some time updating the Writing Guides list that I created as a supplement to my Idiot's Guide. As I was doing this, I realized that I have few guides published in the past ten years, and that some of the books I do list may now be out of date. Is there one recent writing guide that you can't believe I haven't listed, or one out-of-date dud you can't believe I've still got listed? Please let me know if so!

I've also done some work in the children's book awards section of the site. This time, I updated the Coretta Scott King Award page. As far as I know, by the way, this is the first time that the winners of the Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Awards were also the winners of the Newbery and Caldecott Medals.

Last of all, I want to point you to this interview with me, "Revising with an Editor's Eye," which was intended to help publicize the (cancelled) LA Writer's Day. You may find it worth a read on its own.

Thanks for your continued interest!


Harold Underdown

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