What Writers Need to Know to Survive with Quressa Robinson

by Brooke McIntyre

Literary agent Quressa Robinson emphasized grit and endurance as top skills needed by writers throughout their careers, as she gave the Professional Series lecture for January. Robinson came to agenting after five years as an editor at Macmillan, where she acquired adult fiction titles. Now at Nelson Literary Agency, she represents authors of young adult and adult fiction. Working with writers as both editor and agent has taught Robinson that “publishing is 99 percent rejection.”

The Top Ten Things to Look for Before You Hire a Freelance Editor

by Annina Luck Wildermuth

You’ve completed a draft of your book and want professional help with taking it to the next level. Plenty of freelance editors provide this service, but how do you know who is right for you? Sangeeta Mehta and Maya Rock presented a concise overview of the “freelance editing ecosystem” on June 14 for the last Tuesday Professional Series before Summer break.


On The Frontiers Of Book Talk

Recently Published: Nov. 17, 2011

by Emily Goodman

Brian Kenney, editorial director for Library Journal, School Library Journal, and The Horn Book, and Luann Toth, managing editor of book reviews for School Library Journal, described how the digital revolution has transformed professional coverage of books and publishing in general at the October 11, 2011 lecture in the Tuesday Professional Series.

“The popular media have cut a lot of their book reviews,” said Kenney. “But digital platforms have enabled a great expansion of book talk. Our coverage of books for children and teens has tripled or quadrupled in the last six years thanks to our bloggers and the digital newsletters that have spun off from the print publications. Make no mistake: digital publishing is here to stay.” (more…)

The Same But Different: Writing For Children’s Series

Originally Published: June 2011

by Vicki Oransky Wittenstein

Random House editor Diane Landolf and Julie Tibbott, editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, spoke about the unique challenges of writing for children’s series at the SCBWI Metro New York Professional Series on April12th.

“All you know about writing craft applies to writing a series,” Landolf said. “You still need an engaging character, a strong voice, and a fast-paced plot.” But writing for a series does have distinct issues of craft. As Landolf emphasized, “With each book, series authors need to find a way to offer readers a similar experience to reading other books in the series while delivering a different plot.” (more…)