Entries by Lora Hyler

Announcing: I have a publishing deal for my novel

I’m excited! For all of you who have followed my journey, I will soon be a published children’s book author. My middle grade novel, The Stupendous Adventures of Mighty Marty Hayes debuts in March 2018. My publisher, HenschelHAUS Publishing has helped birth more than 550 books since 2002. With my traditional publishing contract, my series […]

Everyone is a Storyteller!

The amazing SCBWI Co-founder Lin Oliver says so! A gem of my journey to publication of my middle grade manuscript has been my membership in the Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), a 25,000 member organization founded in 1975 by the amazing Lin Oliver. Members can join a chapter throughout the United States […]

Advice to budding authors: Give Back

As I reflect on my journey toward publication of my middle grade children manuscript, I realize that this community is unlike any other I’ve encountered during my 30-plus year career. Workshops, conferences, residencies all offer settings to find your tribe. Easy conversations begin with, “what are you writing?” and end with opportunities for writing or […]

SCBWI, an invaluable resource for children book writers

Writing books, whether for children or adults, is a business. Yet, after a 25+ year business career, the camaraderie of aspiring authors and authors in the Society of Children Book Writers strikes me as unparalleled. I took a moment to reflect on this following my month-long writing residency at Centre d’Art Marnay Art Centre (CAMAC) […]

In France, residents live and laugh with uncertainty for the future

The headline of this blog post summarizes the Guardian news article I am attaching. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/28/paris-soldiers-on-street-change-way-of-life As the article states, French writer Albert Camus writes of individuals and their “ability to forget.” It was disconcerting to walk around Paris and regularly encounter a team of four soldiers, with weapons at the ready. Paris remains on high alert […]

Inspiration for Writers

As I left a beautiful Bed and Breakfast in Paris this week, a proprietor said to me, “Hopefully, you are finding inspiration.” Indeed. And in ways, I could have scarcely imagined. Writing in a country new to you opens up the eyes unlike anything one would experience at home. Surrounded by artists who have trekked […]

Writing and Roses

  It’s nearly end of week 2 of my writer’s residency in Marnay sur seine, France. I’ve enjoyed the local cuisine and libations. You can’t beat fresh champagne from the Champagne Ardenne region southeast of Paris. During these two weeks, I’ve worked on the outline and plot points for my second middle grade manuscript. I’ve sent […]

Marnay sur Seine, France Musings

I have completed week one of my month-long writer’s residency here in Marnay sur Seine, France. It is very much an artist’s paradise. Located along the Seine river, with a 12th century church bell tolling the hour and the half hour, wildlife of all sorts play inches from the balcony of the room where I am writing. […]