Worldbuilding: A #DVpit Blog Hop Roundtable Discussion: Part Three

Hi Everyone, Tis the final post for the #DVpit Worldbuilding Roundtable. (View part one/intro post. View Part Two: Rules, Structure, and Detail). In case you missed our first part, this is a Worldbuilding Roundtable Discussion with Kait Feldmann at Arthur A. Levine Books, Stephanie Stein at HarperCollins Children’s Books, Saba Sulaiman at Talcott Notch Literary… Read more »

Worldbuilding: A #DVpit Blog Hop Roundtable Discussion: Part Two

For Part One go here. Hi everyone! We’re back for Part 2! In case you missed our first part, this is a Worldbuilding Roundtable Discussion with Kait Feldmann at Arthur A. Levine Books, Stephanie Stein at HarperCollins Children’s Books, Saba Sulaiman at Talcott Notch Literary Services, and Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret as… Read more »

Worldbuilding: A #DVpit Blog Hop Roundtable Discussion: Part One

Introduction by Patrice Caldwell      Patrice Caldwell Hi all, I am so incredibly excited to be hosting the kickoff to the #DVpit blog hop! Thank you, Beth for trusting me to begin, thank you readers and visitors, and many many thanks to the participants! This is a worldbuilding roundtable featuring: Editors: Kait Feldmann at Arthur A. Levine Books and Stephanie… Read more »

Publishing Insider #1 – Jennifer Johnson-Blalock of Liza Dawson Associates

Good Afternoon, Readers 😀 Today I’m starting a new series: Publishing Insider!! It was inspired by my realtalk post on getting your foot in the (publishing industry) door: Sharing a post I wrote, based on advice I just gave, to recent grads seeking that elusive "first job in publishing." — Patrice Caldwell (@whimsicallyours) June 1,… Read more »

Review: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova (+ a Giveaway!)

“Enchanting and complex. Every page is filled with magic.”–Danielle Paige, New York Times best-selling author of Dorothy Must Die Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives. Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid… Read more »

Pitch Wars Mentor Wish List 2016

Hey Readers 🙂 Or should I say Pitch Wars Warriors *grins* If you’re here, it’s likely to view my wishlist (mwahahaha) but first, a little about me: I love Once Upon A Time, although as with all the shows I watch, I’m severely behind I participated in Pitch Wars in 2014. I was one of Marieke… Read more »

To Recent Grads Seeking a Job in Publishing

Hey, recent grad 🙂 How ya doin? Stressed? High off graduation endorphins? Missing the people who’ve been by your side for the past 4 years? Excited at what the world of adulthood offers? All of the above. Yes, likely that. Well, while I’m here (In bed. Sick. Not at what is my first post-grad, full-time… Read more »

Writing the books I never got to read #DontGiveUp

A lot of times writers are asked why they write, or–as Daniel Jose Older put it at Kweli’s Children’s Writers of Color Conference yesterday–why they came into the game. I’ve said it before, but it rings truer now: I came into the game to write the books I never got to read. And if not to… Read more »

THE DARKEST CORNERS by Kara Thomas (<333)

My Review Owl Rating: I want to preface this review with saying this is THE book I’ve been looking forward to reading for the past year/since the author, Kara Thomas, hinted at it via a tweet (I believe the tweet compared it to Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places, which I was reading (& loving) at the… Read more »

RIP Alan Rickman #RaiseYourWands

As we all now know, Alan Rickman has passed away. To say a light is gone from this world is an understatement. And although I didn’t know him in the way his friends and family did. I like to think I knew him well enough. For those of us of the Harry Potter generation, Alan… Read more »

  • Sexuality, Gender, and Race: On YA’s Lack of Intersectionality for Queer Girls

    I’ve written about diversity in children’s literature here and here. I’ve also talked about it a ton on social media. There are times when I feel I’ve expressed everything there is to express and then, there are times like this morning, when an incredible discussion on identity politics, sexuality, and gender breaks out on Twitter… Read more »

  • Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi…

    This piece was originally published on September 16, 2013. While I’m redesigning my blog, I’ll be re-publishing popular posts and those that speak to me now. -P “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi,” or “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.” For the longest time the Sankofa… Read more »

  • It’s More Than Representation: My Thoughts on the Lack of Diversity in Children’s Books

    While I’m redesigning my blog, I’ll be re-publishing my favorite popular posts. This piece was originally published on March 24, 2014. It sparked an amazing Twitter discussion, because the agent I mention below reached out to me. So much has advanced in one year in terms of diversity in children’s literature but the movement’s ongoing. For… Read more »

  • A Different Kind of Sick

    Sick days. Everyone is allowed to have them, right? But what happens when they occur all too frequently? What happens when they’re not a result of an illness that’s easy to explain?  As you probably know, today’s World Suicide Prevention Day. And because I’ve struggled with depression & anxiety my entire life and have been pretty vocal… Read more »

  • My Foolproof Way to Revise Your Manuscript

    This piece was originally published on January 22, 2013. While I’m redesigning my blog, I’ll be re-publishing my favorite popular posts. (Also, in case you’re wondering, yes I am working on a new project… TBA!) -P Revisions…yucky. My last major revisions came out looking like this: …Fun Zapper And revisions like that can take forever!  Yes, I… Read more »

  • Why I Write: A Continuation

    Somewhere around the end of December 2014 and beginning of January 2015, my life unraveled. I’ve always been a bit of a control freak. (A lapsed control freak.) In other words, I knew how to chill. I had a strong group of loyal friends, I knew how and when to take time for myself, and I… Read more »

  • The Fight is Finally Over? #LoveWins

    Hey Readers! Long time no posting 😀 I’ve been swamped in post-college life (apartment hunting, job training, and exploring Boston even more now that I’ll be living in the actual city). As you’ve probably noticed, this blog is a hot mess. It’s still very much so under construction, but I couldn’t resist posting about the… Read more »

  • Radio Silence

    Hey, Readers! Long time, no new posts. I just wanted to say I needed to take some time away from blogging but I’m back, I’ll give you the “juicy” details about my break eventually, and I intend to stay for a while. Look forward(?) to many changes. Write soon. -Patrice

  • Dear Cinderella (2015), Where Are All the POC?

    Happy New Year, Readers! I can’t believe 2015 (the year I graduate college!!!) is finally here. As many of you probably noticed, I’ve been MIA for a while, but I’m fully recharged and thrilled to begin a new year. As such there’s something I’ve been meaning to get off my chest. I figured what better… Read more »

  • To My Fellow Black Millennials.

    I write this knowing full well that in 6 months (more like 6 days weeks) most Americans (& the world) will have moved on from what happened at Ferguson. I, we, however, cannot. I will not. My reaction to the Ferguson decision, the decision to not even indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, started with… Read more »