The Lyrical Long and Short of How I Found My Agent

Today on The Nightstand I am blogging about how I found my agent, but I get asked the question so often, I thought I’d post the blog simultaneously here too. I am represented by the awesomely brilliant agent-extraordinaire, Jill Corcoran of Herman Agency. My friend and fellow critique group member, author Jacqui Robbins, introduced me… Read more »

Music, Writing, and Me

I just added a really cool feature to my blog – a playlist link! Previously I listed out (painstakingly I might add!) all my songs, but thanks to the folks at http://www.playlist.com/ I can now compile them into one playlist, put the link on my site, and voila! You can not only see them all, but you can… Read more »

My Good News!

I am so excited to announce my pending publication! Here’s my agent, Jill Corcoran’s post: http://jillcorcoran.blogspot.com/2011/04/laura-ellens-debut-blind-spot-to.html

Finding the Magic

I just returned from a truly inspiring vacation in Disney World. It wasn’t the first time I’d been – in fact I think it was about the fourth time we had visited the park as a family – and since all three of my children (18, 12, and 9) have long outgrown the “magic” stage where… Read more »

The Story Behind the Story

I attended the SCBWI NY conference this past weekend and was inspired, as usual, by the awesome speakers. While everyone I heard left something with me, it was Lois Lowry and Linda Sue Park that really resonated with me the most. Lois Lowry talked about the question so many people ask: Where do you get… Read more »

To the Love of Story

One of my most favorite things about being a writer and reader of children’s books is being able to share and discuss books with my children. I love when they come to my ‘library’ – the wall-to-wall bookshelves in my home office – looking for a book to read. I love when one of them… Read more »

On the Value of a Critique Group

You’ve heard it before. To be a better writer, you need to share your work with others IN THE FIELD i.e. a writing group. But so many people don’t. They try it, personalities clash, things fall apart. Yes, critique groups, like any other social situation, can be work – but oh so worth it. I… Read more »

What I’ve Learned About Writing from Watching Project Runway

I’m guilty. I watch reality television. Not all of it; some shows are simply a flimsy platform created for idiots in search of quick fame. I do have my favorites though, like Survivor, Amazing Race, and Project Runway. My husband rolls his eyes when I say one of those shows is about to come on…. Read more »

A Blog Entry At Last!

Today marks the last full day of writing time before my kids are home for summer break, and I thought I would use it to update my sorely neglected blog. It has been nearly eight months since my last post – which is embarrassing, considering so many of my writer friends post every day. I… Read more »