Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Two Podcasts! New Class!

Recognize the caricatures?

Hey! There are two great new episodes of "The Narrative Breakdown" posted to our website. In episode 25, we springboard off listener questions to discuss the subtleties of dialogue tags (namely that they should be subtle), whether traditional publishers will consider self-published books, and how to start to figure out an overall revision strategy for your novel. In episode 26, Matt Bird of the Cockeyed Caravan returns to discuss character flaws -- their nature, necessity, and narrative use. Please check them out, subscribe in iTunes, write reviews, all kind things.

I'm also excited to announce that next spring, I'll be teaching a class through the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies:  "Book Editing Manuscript Workshop: Editing Children's and YA Novels." The six-session course will run on Thursday nights from mid-February to the end of March, and cover multiple techniques and strategies for analyzing a novel for the children's or YA market, articulating its strengths and weaknesses, and communicating those to the author via letters and line-edits. It's open to anyone who wants to improve their editing skills, but is especially recommended for agents or aspiring editors just at the start of their careers. (And if you're interested in the course and you have questions you'd like to see it answer or specific things you'd like to learn, feel free to leave those in the comments -- I always find such spurs useful in shaping a course.) Class registration will open in mid-November. Thanks very much for your interest!


  1. Hi Cheryl,

    I just discovered your blog and love it! I am interested in the workshop class you mentioned. I know this is a long shot, but is there any way to take the course remotely?

    I'm excited to dig into some of the resources you have provided on your blog. I am a writer and editor for a literary consultancy based in Charlotte, NC, but have recently cultivated an interest (obsession?) in becoming a children's book editor. I was a reluctant reader growing up who fostered a love for reading in college. I took a children's lit class on my (short-lived) path to becoming a children's librarian and fell in love with children's books. I have a lot to learn - no doubt - but I am intrigued by the workshop class you mentioned.

    I would love to hear more details about it.


    - Mollie

  2. Dear Mollie, thanks for your interest. I'm afraid there will not be any way to take the class remotely (that I know of right now, anyway); if you'd like to contact me next spring, I'd be willing to share the syllabus so you might at least do the reading remotely.

  3. Hi Cheryl,

    Thank you for letting me know. If anything changes and you are able to offer the class remotely, I would love to know. My email is mollie.mohr@gmail.com. I'm also interested in reading along through the syllabus.

    Thanks again! I appreciate it.