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  • Authors on the Verge: Meet Emily Ecton, middle-grade novelist

    June 5, 2008

    Cynthea

    This week, we have Emily Ecton, middle-grade novelist and writer and producer for Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, the NPR news quiz. She has also been a playwright, a chinchilla wrangler, an ice cream scooper and a costume character. While Emily ...

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  • See me at Chicago’s Printers Row Book Fair

    June 5, 2008

    Cynthea

    Come to one of the most celebrated book fairs in the country–I’ll be working the SCBWI booth at the Printers Row Book Fair, happy to answer your questions about writing for children and teens and signing my book, WRITING FOR ...

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  • AuthorsNow! is coming to a website near you!

    March 21, 2008

    Cynthea

    Hey everyone, I just wanted to let you know that I’m creating a website for debut children’s book authors and illustrators called AuthorsNow! I think this will be a great opportunity for new authors and author groups to spread the word ...

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  • What’s up, Doc? Free-tique office hours from 9 – 11PM CST tonight

    March 14, 2008

    Cynthea

    THIS FREE-TIQUE ROUND IS NOW CLOSED. Hey everyone, In this special free-tique round, Snoop puts on his white coat and stethoscope and steps into his office. You may ask him anything about fiction children’s writing or your work. Your question must ...

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  • Winning Free-tique titles, Vote for your Faves!

    February 19, 2008

    Cynthea

    UPDATE: The title for the book has been decided. It is….THE GREAT CALL OF CHINA. Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest.  With over 500 entries, it was a stunning success.  Snoop and I hope you had a great ...

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  • Free-tique round ends today 4PM CST

    February 19, 2008

    Cynthea

    THIS ROUND IS NOW CLOSED. Just an update: Thanks to everyone for their title submissions. The contest is closing soon (4 PM – CST TODAY). Keep them coming! I have nearly 500 entries. You’d be surprised that some of the “bad” ...

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  • Free-tique round is open: NAME MY BOOK!

    February 14, 2008

    Cynthea

    THIS ROUND IS NOW CLOSED Hi everyone, I need a new title for my book ASAP, and I’m bad at titling. So to drum up as many ideas as possible, I am offering a Free-tique if your title is used. Heck, I’ll ...

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  • I am cool by association!

    February 9, 2008

    Cynthea

    IN WRITING NEWS: In case you haven’t heard yet, my illustrious critique partner Beberly is co-pres of the Class of 2k9! (whoot-whoot!). And in case you also haven’t heard, my other illustrious critique partner Tamarak was featured in this issue’s SCBWI ...

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  • Done!

    January 11, 2008

    Cynthea

    Hi everyone, the crits are complete. If you did not receive yours for any reason, feel free to forward me your original email again and let me know.   Stay tuned for another free-tique round next month!

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  • still working on it!

    January 8, 2008

    Cynthea

    I’m still working on the quick-crits. They’re supposed to be quick, but with so many entries it’s hard to be THAT quick!  I hadn’t expected to get nearly one hundred entries! Yowza. Have patience–your crit is coming soon. Thanks!

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