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June 5th, 2008

TIME FOR THE ORLANDO WORKSHOP!

I can't wait to receive feedback on ADVENTURES OF BRA GIRL this weekend. I'm bringing the whole novel with me, so I can read through it before having one last full critique in about a week. It's amazing how some things jump out on the hard copy that I don't always notice on my computer screen. I'll probably be ready to start submitting to agents by the end of the month. My 15th anniversary is on the 26th, so my goal is to have it ready by then. I get chills just thinking about it!

I've been working on some picture books that are almost ready to submit, too. Right now, I have two out with a few amazing editors, and can't wait to polish these up! Do you ever find that your older manuscripts are the hardest to revise? One of the manuscripts that should be ready soon was written about nine years ago. That was when I first started writing children's books, and made so many newbie mistakes. It definitely improved over the years, but not quite enough...until the incredibly generous and talented Kim Griswell critiqued it in Chautauqua last summer. She helped me figure out ways to put more fun into the manuscript, and breathe life into the main character. I just submitted the newest version to my critique group, and can't wait to see what they think.

I'm off to a school party for my ten-year-old, then heading to Orlando for the SCBWI Workshop and Writing Intensive. I'll see some of you there! :)
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Mindy Alyse Weiss
I write humorous middle-grade novels with heart and quirky picture books.

I'm an Administrator on the SCBWI Blueboard, the FL SCBWI Newsletter Editor and Critique Group Coordinator, and a proud member of From The Mixed Up Files...of Middle-Grade Authors

I've been married for twenty years and have two beautiful daughters, an adventurous Bullmasador adopted from The Humane Society, and an adorable Beagle/Pointer mix pup who was rescued from the Everglades.

I've been published in Highlights three times and placed in the 80th Writer's Digest Competition.

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