(Why YES this is an excellent way to ruin your iPhone if you're not careful. Thanks for asking...)
At any rate.)
I'm here, hanging on to summer because:
I mean, BIG OL' WAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! Only bigger than that.
As usual, I don't want summer to end.
I don't want Teachers Write to be over.
I don't want you or my own kids to go back to school.
I'm on the end-of-summer precipice for realz over here.
It isn't pretty, and it gets worse every year.
Alas, here we are at the end of these things, and, this, the final FINAL unofficial Friday Feedback of the 2015 Summer. I can't tell you all how much it means to me that so many of you stop here week in-week out, chime in, and dig down to do the real nitty gritty brave of sharing your writing. I'm proud of you, even if I really have no right to be.
And my guest authors were pretty darn impressed by you too!
As such, I want to offer a few parting gifts (and other cool stuff):
First: for those of you who participated here on Friday Feedback regularly this summer and plan to continue on with your writing toward a goal of publication, I make you this standing offer: When you are ready, you may ask me for help with your agent query letters. Trust me, they're a stress-inducing beast, and I'm fairly decent at them, so when you're ready, find me here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BUT before you send me any query, please do read THIS POST on some dos and don'ts of query letters FIRST (fyi, you can skip all the dog stuff and scroll down!), and THIS awesome POST by agent John Cusick too!
Second: Remember the talented Amy Fellner Dominy who did the fabulous exercise on character mapping? Author of OyMG (just chosen as a PJ our Way Reading Program selection!) and her new pulse-pounding young adult novel, A MATTER OF HEART?
Well, Amy has a few author copies left of "HEART" and has offered to give away some classroom copies here! So IF your classroom is ages 12+ and you're interested, please say so in the comments with what grades you work with. We'll draw a few random names and hook you up!
And, third: frantic about heading out into the wild west of novel writing on your own?!?!? Have no fear, a new awesome resource for you is here!
Remember the lovely Martha Brockenbrough who was here in July with her extraordinary post on The Art of Persistence?! Author of the beautifully woven THE GAME OF LIFE AND DEATH?
She asked me to tell you about her new novel coaching program, Nothing to Novel, that she's started with a few other talented author friends. Martha invites you to explore the website and sign on for some services when you are ready! Is there anyone better to seek advice from? I can answer that for you: There is not!!!
And that's that, my lovely, shiny campers, like it or not, TW Summer 2015 is in the books.
But since we're here and it's Friday, why not a little Friday Feedback as a send off?
You know the rules. Feel free to share an excerpt in the comments one last unofficial summer of 2015 time.
No excerpt from me today. This is all about you.
For those of you still wringing out more summer like I am, ENJOY!
For those returned or returning to classrooms imminently, I wish you a joyful school year. And if any of you use my books in the classroom or library, etc. please reach out to me about making a Skype visit to your school!