Patti Richards, Children’s Author

While I’m looking out the window at 3 more inches of fresh snow here in The Mitten, the sun is shining with that just-about-ready-for-spring brightness that only those who live through freeze-your-face-off winters really understand. And while I wait for open windows and spring cleaning, I thought it high-time to update my blog to a fresh, new perspective. But the question I keep asking myself is, “Is there a fresh perspective to find on another children’s writer’s blog?” Call me optimistic, but I think there is.

There are many great writers out there who are just like me- published in many arenas, but still waiting for that one book, that one contract, that one agent that can help move us from where we are to where we want to be. Writers who conference, submit, write, re-write, revise and revise again- patient, persevering, hard-working folks who learn something new every day about this amazing journey that brings words, stories, joy, light and hope to children and their families. So come join me where I am. Trust me, you’ll find no judgement here, just loads of things I’ve learned about craft, what stays the same, what changes, and how to adapt and grow in a market that looks just a little bit different each day. We’ll delve into the hidden language of editors who say things like, “I like the premise of the story, but not the voice!” or agents who offer, “Your characters are strong, but I only do books that I feel passionate about, and this just missed the mark for me.” I’ll tell you what I think makes a strong plot or an amazing picture book, if you’ll promise to do the same. And I’ll even be brave enough to tell you why I do or do not like the latest Newberry winner, or why I was left scratching my head after reading a book everyone else in the writing community thought, “This is the best thing I’ve ever read!” Because developing a critical eye is how we all learn and grow in this business that I’m proud and happy to be a part of.

So, come by often and let’s talk craft, creativity and the practical, business side of writing. I’m ready if you are!

27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ann Finkelstein
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 19:58:03

    Yea, Patti. I’ll stop back often.

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  2. carrie a. pearson
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 20:35:00

    This is going to be great, Patti! Good for you!

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  3. Patti's Pages
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 22:05:54

    Thanks Carrie! I hope so and glad you’re here!

    Reply

  4. Lisa Rose
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 22:28:11

    It is the most perfect blog for you! The only thing missing is a cow or a chicken or a fish!

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  5. Vicky L. Lorencen
    Mar 07, 2014 @ 01:24:12

    Very nice, Patti!

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  6. Patti Richards
    Mar 07, 2014 @ 01:27:39

    When I can figure out how to insert a cow Lisa, you know it will be here!

    Reply

  7. Vicki Wilke
    Mar 07, 2014 @ 02:02:49

    Looks great Patti! It has a soft homey look to it. Good advice – improving our craft is ongoing and we do need each other for continual feedback. Thanks!

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  8. Elizabeth McBride
    Mar 07, 2014 @ 03:25:16

    Very nice, Patti – clean lines and comfortable design. Hooray for you! I need to do the same!

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  9. Buffy Silverman
    Mar 07, 2014 @ 15:38:44

    Very nice (and love your “imperfect writers” tag–that’s an attribute we can all wear proudly!)

    Reply

  10. Natalie Aguirre
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 12:33:31

    Glad you’ll be blogging more. Look forward to seeing your posts.

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  11. Rachel Anderson
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 23:13:32

    Hi Patti. I’m glad you’re blogging and I’m a gonna follow you. Er, your blog that is. I’m not a stalker…really. ;-} I love the honesty in your writing, and I know that you’re going to land that contract one day real soon.

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  12. Suzanne R. Klein
    Mar 09, 2014 @ 20:29:46

    The “imperfect writer” tag really drew me in. I think we all fit into that category–and I have to keep reminding myself that it’s okay to be imperfect!

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  13. chemistken
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 14:47:32

    Congratulations on ypur updated blog. Reworking a blog takes a lot of time and energy and perserverance. The only thing good about this winter is that it lets us focus more on this kind of stuff. Looking forward to more posts in the future.

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  14. Teresa Crumpton
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 13:27:38

    Patti, what a nice dose of encouragement. I love your reference to freeze-your-face-off winters. It made me feel connected. Isn’t the power of language awesome? You’re pretty awesome yourself. Thanks for putting time and energy in encouraging us snow-bound writers.

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  15. Angela Verges
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 15:50:52

    Nice job Patti, looking forward to your posts.

    Reply

  16. lisarosewrites
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 01:30:44

    You inspired me to “get out there” too!

    Reply

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