Month: October 2014

Five Questions To Ask Before You Dive Into The Second Draft Of Your Novel

By Orel Protopopescu

Adah Megged NuchiAdah Megged Nuchi, Associate Editor at HMH Books for Young Readers, filled a room at the Huntington Public Library on October 18. HMH publishes about 40 hard cover books a season and Adah’s own list includes everything from picture books to YA novels. She favors voice and character-driven fiction. Among the books she has edited, she cited Dear Life, You Suck, Turn Left at the Cow, and the soon to be published, The Question of Miracles.


Magic and World Building with Author Edith Cohn and Editor Susan Dobinick

by Kristi Olson

Edith Cohen Susan Susan Dobinick Oct 2014Magic and world building was the focus of the October Professional Series lecture bringing us a magical author and editor team. Edith Cohn is the author of SPIRIT’s KEY, a middle grade mystery about a girl and her ghost dog. Susan Dobinick is an Associate Editor at Farrar Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers. Here are some highlights from their discussion:

Magic Must Have a Purpose

Dobinick noted that as an editor, she enjoys novels with magic, but writers should make sure these elements have a meaning to the story as a whole. “You can have a lot of fun with writing magic, but the writer has to step back and ask—why is it there?” she said.


5 Questions With Elizabeth Baddeley

SCBWILogo_color (1) (1)Last summer we hosted a contest to design a new logo for our chapter. The criteria was simple: include the SCBWI kite and keep it NYC-themed.

We didn’t envy the job of Laurent Linn, Art Director of Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, who was tasked with picking a winner from the pool of incredibly lovely submissions. He ended up choosing a playful design that nods at one of New York’s most recognizable symbols – the Statue Of Liberty.

Get to know our logo contest winner Elizabeth Baddeley in the interview below. She’ll be teaching a hand lettering workshop coming up this November! (more…)

The Voices in Your Head: A Look at How Characters Drive Stories with Marietta Zacker

By Leah Heilman Schanke
“Voice is easier to talk about than to execute,” said Marietta Zacker, Agent at Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. Books on writing say a story cannot be character-driven and plot-driven, but Zacker disagrees, “The magic comes when you have a character-driven story, and infuse a plot that works. The character is the main driving force but also reacting to events.”