A Big New Project
An announcement: I am going to create a virtual 4th edition of my Idiot's Guide. I have to say first of all that I was happy with the 3rd edition when it came out in 2008. I added some new chapters and made significant updates. However, time has passed, and my publisher has no plans for a print 4th edition. So, I invite you to take part in a virtual 4th edition!
Here are my plans for the 4th edition. Let me know if you have any suggestions, specific or broad, for what you'd like to see in the material that I will be posting as I create the 4th edition--a process that I expect will take at least several months.
I've already updated two resource pages from the book on my website: Last month, I asked for suggestions for the writing guides list that I created as a supplement to the 3rd edition--and I have now posted the updated Writing Guides list. I've also added new items and made some updates to the Idiot's Guide publishing Glossary, which includes both general publishing terms and specialized children's/YA terms. Let me know if I missed anything...
You'll also find new events on my Conferences page--on May 11, I'll be starting a new edition of the online "Crash Course in Children's Book Publishing" via the Highlights Foundation. Coming up on May 14, Yvette Pais of Mercado Livros, a Brazilian publisher, will be interviewing me online about the current state of publishing and my thoughts about possible future developments. I'll post a registration link on my Twitter Feed and Idiot's Guide Facebook page when it's available.
Also, be forewarned that SCBWI is planning a virtual summer conference in early August, and I'll be offering 30-minute career consultations as part of it. Watch for the announcement and sign up quickly if you are interested--slots will be limited.
And finally, only one update this month on the Who's Moving Where page, but I've also updated my note on the covid-19 impact.
Thanks for your continued interest!