Michelle Meadows interview with David Alan Binder

posted Apr 13, 2016, 6:12 AM by David Alan Binder   [ updated May 16, 2016, 6:21 AM ]

Michelle Meadows interview with David Alan Binder

 

Michelle Meadows received a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism from Syracuse University. She is the author of The Way Storm Stops, Pilot Pups, Traffic Pups, Itsy Bitsy Baby Mouse, Hibernation Station, Piggies in Pajamas, Piggies in the Kitchen, and Super Bugs. She lives with her husband and son in Delaware.

 

Website:      www.michellemeadows.com

 

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/MichelleMeadowsBooks

Michelle's Amazon page:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1?ie=UTF8&text=Michelle+Meadows&sear ch-alias=books&field-author=Michelle+Meadows&sort=relevancerank

 

 

1.     Where are you currently living?

I live near the beach in coastal Delaware.

 

2.     What is the most important thing that you have learned in your writing experience, so far?

The most important thing I have learned is to write what you love to read. I really love poetry and stories in rhyme and have had success writing rhyming picture books. I enjoy playing with the rhythm of language; I love the music of it.

 

3.     Do you have any secret tips for writers on getting a book published?   

My best tip is to read a ton of books in whatever genre you choose. I think it's really important to do that so that you can expose yourself to good stories, get a handle on what's already out there in the market, and so that you can come up with something unique.    

 

4.     How did you or would you suggest acquire an agent?  Any tips for new writers on getting one?

I highly recommend a good agent. Years ago, I heard my agent (Rosemary Stimola) speak at a conference of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. When you are considering an agent, I suggest talking or emailing with a few of the agent's clients if you can. Check to see that the agent is responsive, returns emails, and follows through with sending out work. I am very fortunate to have an excellent agent; she is a true partner and I am grateful to have her.

 

5.     Do you have any suggestions or helps for new writers (please be specific and informational as possible)?

Along with reading a lot in your chosen genre, I always suggest that new writers set specific goals to finish drafts and keep their work moving. I give myself deadlines all the time, and it pushes me to bring things to completion. It's easy to get distracted so self-imposed deadlines can help. 

 

6. How many books have you published?

I have seven books published and my eighth one, Super Bugs, will be released in July 2016.

 

7. Do you have any tricks or tips to help others become a better writer (please be as specific and information as you possibly can)? 

 When it comes to becoming a better writer, I think studying the craft of your chosen genre is helpful. For example, if fiction is your thing, read books and take classes about developing characters and plotting. If poetry is your passion, read not only poetry, but also books about how to write poetry. Immerse yourself in the craft. 

  

8. What are some ways in which you promote your work?

I promote my work through my web site: http://www.michellemeadows.com, and I have a Facebook page. I also do book readings and signings at libraries and in schools. I give presentations to students in first and second grade mostly, and I am truly passionate about talking with them about the importance of literacy. So while I do promote my work on school visits, I look at it more as an avenue to help kids get excited about reading, writing, and using the imagination.

 

9. What would you like carved onto your tombstone?  Or what saying or mantra do you live by?  Love others, live with compassion, and give from the heart.

 

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