Kidlit Fertilizer

What does fertilizer have to do with publishing? Everything.

As a lifelong athlete I am a big fan of quotes. Before big games, I read inspirational quotes to get in the right mindset. Now I use quotes to inspire the kids I coach. This is one of my favorites.


This quote always gets a chuckle, but it’s true. Losing makes you hungry for a win and hunger is a great motivator. You identify your weaknesses, work your tail off, study the competition, and go after it again.

I recently read a fantastic post about Kate Messner’s presentation at the 2014 SCBWI conference in New York. She said, “Never underestimate the power of failure.” I couldn’t agree more.

There is a lot of fertilizer in this business. That’s a whole lot of potential power, so bring the stink on!

Full Manuscript Edit Giveaway!

dear-editorContests come and go, but here is one you don’t want to miss! Deborah Halverson is giving away a full manuscript edit to celebrate the completion of her latest book, Writing and Selling New Adult Fiction.

Deborah is an author and a veteran editor. I went to one of her classes at the SCBWI conference last summer and it was possibly my favorite hour of the entire weekend. She is amazing. You can find contest details on Dear Editor.