Write Big or Go Home


I have a guest post up today on the excellent Adventures in YA and Children’s Publishing blog. It talks about my launch party and “writing with edge.” Also, the best advice I got from the phenomenal Cynthia Leitich Smith. Go check it out!

If you’re in Austin this weekend, come check out my totally awesome presentation on queries, pitches, and synopses. How do you make an agent/editor fall in love with your writing? It might take a little mood music and champagne, metaphorically speaking. (Bow chicka bow wow…)

I also got very excited about this Shelf Awareness review. I wrote a “smart, enchanting book.” How cool is that?

Non-writing news: I ran my first race in a very long time the other day with my sister. Only 5K, and we may have stopped and started, but it was fun! If you’ve ever tried running alone, don’t bother. It’s only fun with a friend!

Then Dave and I took the kids to skate/ride bikes at the Austin Veloway. Followed immediately by a trip to Jumpoline Park, an old Wal-Mart converted into an entire warehouse full of trampolines. It was so much fun… we’re totally going back, as soon as the pain stops from last time. (Note to self: you are too old to do standing front flips on a trampoline. Don’t do it ever again.)

Oh, and now I have to go mail four copies of a contract off to my agent. Yep, you heard it: I’ve signed another contract, for a third middle-grade book with Razorbill! I may be doing this writing thing for a while…

Have a wonderful week, Writer Friends! And write something better than the poem I cranked out on Monday. Seriously, a love poem about Texas? I need to get back to the fairy tales. 🙂

Posted in Children's Fiction, Family News on 09/05/2012 06:04 am


  1. Congrats on the new contract! Fantastic! (I always knew you were a superstar.)


  2. Truly inspiring. And as a fellow extrovert/introvert, I can relate to your party experiences especially the part about needing to curl into a ball afterwards. I’m particularly taken with your turn of phrase and the rich, colorful language in your blog post and makes me want to read your books. Beryl


  3. Hooray for contracts for more smart, enchanting books! Hugs on the sore muscles. 🙂


  4. Your guest post rocks! I would send a pony but fear it’d be too late.



    • Nikki Loftin

      Why, thank you! But, you know, a pony is always appreciated. I just need a much larger one now. 🙂 LOL


  5. Oh, well in that case be on the lookout…Pony Express 🙂


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