- Take your art and yourself seriously as a business person.
- Pay attention to contracts.
- Pay attention to your royalty statements. Learn to negotiate. Provide for your retirement and insurance.
- Never throw anything away, i.e., drafts, half-finished manuscripts, ideas, notes, etc.
- Scare yourself. Take on assignments that challenge and scare you. Take risks. Go further.Make your own rules. (There’s no right way – each path is different for each book).
- Don’t be afraid to show your heart. Put it in your writing. Explore the unfinished cord. Give kids something they can’t stop thinking about. An image you cannot forget.
- Our words have an effect that ripples on. You don’t know what effect your words will have. Don’t start with a message. Start with your own heart. Start with a great character.
- Polish those pebbles until they shine.
- Unlock the heart and free the spirit.
Pretty good advice, don’t you think?
|Richard Peck and Lupe Ruiz-Flores|
Newbery Medal winner (A Year Down Yonder - 2001) Richard Peck was also a keynote speaker. His talk is always inspirational. I love his books and I bought his latest one, Three Quarters Dead, and had it autographed.
“A writer who isn’t ‘serious’ isn’t a writer at all.” – E.B. White