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Monday August 11, 2008

 Hi Loretta. Yes, I do work from a chapter outline (a few sentences about each chapter.  I also do a summary and character sketches (the more important the character, the more complete the sketch). You can check out a way to get to know your character on my writing page.  My editor just made suggestions for my next book, Inside the Magic.  This is the third revision on just the outline.  She had two pages of suggestions!  It's back to the computer for me.  (And for Marcia Jones, we're writing it together.) Good luck with your writing.  Oh, yes my middle name is Sue.

Lauren, I hope you liked Leprechauns Don't Play Basketball.  Did you know I played basketball?  Every once in a while, I can still beat my youngest son. 

Brenton, just a note to let you know that last week's sample manuscript page was in the final stages.  It had notes on it from the editor about how the pictures would look. 

Guess what?  I'm making an animated video about writing.  Well, I'm assisting.  A very talented graphic artist is doing the hard part, but I did write the script.  Right now it's called Debbie Dadey's Meaty Story. I'm curious to see how it will turn out. 

ttyl, Debbie

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Monday August 4, 2008

 I splashed in the ocean today!  I can't believe I can drive to the ocean after lunch, swim, play in the sand, and still be home before supper.  How cool is that?

Brenton from Australia, good to hear from you!  I'm so glad you're continuing to write.  Congratulations on your success.  The BSK books are about 40 pages long, double spaced, 14 point Times New Roman text.  It took 2 years to write Ghosts Don't Eat Potato Chips, but Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots only took two weeks!  Check out the sample manuscript page  on my writing page so you can see what it looks like.  Take care, Debbie

 

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Monday July 28, 2008

 A big hello to Gloria, hope you're having a great summer.  I've been working on a story about some kids who feel like no one sees them, like they don't even exist.  Do any of you guys ever feel like that? 

Georgina, I'm glad you like the Ghostville Elementary series.  It was fun to write (and a little creepy).

Mariah, welcome to the site.  Let me know what you like and don't like about the site.  The Swamp Club is getting ready to undergo a bit of a facelift and the addition of a new section.  Say hi to your sister for me. 

g2g, Debbie

 

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Monday July 21, 2008

 I just got the new cover for my new series.  I think it's pretty cool.  A sneak peek of the logo will be on the Swamp Club soon.  Let me know what you think.   Georgina, I'd love to visit your school.  Please ask a parent, PTO member, teacher, or your principal to invite me.  They can find out how under the About Me Section of my website.  Have fun with my thirteen weeks of summer challenge.  If you can't find a certain book, you can always substitute with another.  Best, Debbie

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Monday July 14, 2008

 HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MARCIA THORNTON JONES, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!  Hope Marcia has a great birthday this week and many more to come.  Marcia has been the best writing partner anyone could ever hope for.  Even though we live in different states we continue to write stories together.  She always surprises me with the fun stuff she puts into stories.  Want to know how we write together?  Check out About Us.  Check out more about Marcia at About Marcia.  (Marcia and I have been having great fun writing a new fantasy series that comes out next year.)

Have a great week.  I'll be doing a booksigning in Colorado on Friday.  If you live in Colorado, I hope to see you there!  Check out my event schedule for more info.  ttyl, Debbie

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