I had the great opportunity to attend the Highlights Chautauqua Writers Retreat last summer (08). We spent a whole week working and eating and chatting with some really amazing children's authors and editors.
I was extra lucky because I was given the chance to mentor under Patti Gauch (VP Philomel/Penguin Publishing).
Anyway, I was just going through her notes that she scribbled on the side of my manuscript on our last meeting and thought I'd pass them along to you.
"If you revise, check for:
texture, proper nouns and analogy
pull your threads through
make it yours by the words you choose
for every 8-10 scenes, 2 should be high drama...lead into them slowly
check your set ups once your chapter is done
earn the climax"
That's it. Straight from the mouth of someone who has spent years and years working with authors and editors. The VP of Philomel/Penguin!
Questions: Great advice, no? Have you heard it all before? Is there anything new or helpful here? Or, is it just a good reminder? Which is your favorite?