4 Words of Advice

Happy Tuesday!

With NaNoWriMo and PiBoIdMo lurking around the corner, you don’t have time to read long, inspirational essays, right? Right. So I thought it’d be fun to dig through past Coffee & Conversation interviews with agents and editors who offered their best advise in four words only.

(Well, some needed more, but I like rule-breakers. :))

Enjoy! And if you’re participating in Nano or PiBo, let us know in the comments so we can cheer you on!

From Laura Whitaker, Associate Editor for Bloomsbury Children’s Books

  • Create from the heart!

Jessica Garrison, editor at Dial Books for Young Readers

  • Read and be open-minded.  (“Open-minded” is hyphenated, so it counts as one word.)

Sarah Dotts Barley, associate editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books 

  • Read. And keep on!

Marie Lamba, Associate Literary Agent at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

  • Dream huge–never stop!

 Stacey Barney, editor at Penguin/Putnam Books for Young Readers

  • Read. Read. Read. Read.

Quinlan Lee, agent at Adams Literary

  • Read like a writer.

Sylvie Frank, associate editor at Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster

  • Revise, cut, cut, cut

Jenne Abramowitz, Senior Editor at Scholastic

  • Write/Draw from the heart.

Jill Santopolo, Executive Editor at Philomel Books, an imprint of PenguinGroupUSA

  • Follow your heart–always.

Rachel Orr, an agent at Prospect Agency

  • Read the books you want to write! (Sorry…I couldn’t say it in four. Can someone find me an editor around here? :))

Happy writing and drawing and good luck to everyone participating in NaNoWriMo or PiBoIdMo!


About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, and blogger at As The Eraser Burns, Joyful Miles, and Write, Run, Rejoice. In the past, she's been a waitress, telemarketer, cook, real estate agent, and during her college days, a costumed character at holiday parades. (Memories of being terrorized as a candy cane still haunt her at night.) At the age of thirty, she pursued her dream of being a writer. Her first novel, Beauty Shop for Rent, a “Steel Magnolias for teens,” was inspired by a rusted sign by a charming old house, and now, she can honestly say that writing is a thousand times more rewarding than being a candy cane!
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3 Responses to 4 Words of Advice

  1. Rachel, how about “Write what you read”? 🙂

  2. Summer B says:

    I signed up for PiBoIdMo under my pen name. (I’m stealthy like that 😉

  3. Stacy Couch says:

    Huge fan of PiBoIdMo! So far, the advice given:
    Sing, dream, risk, play.

    And…something about talking sausages. 🙂

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