Several agents at the Philly conference said we should all join Wattpad and start putting our work on it. Since agents never lie, here’s a chance to see the first chapter of a YA modern fantasy I’ve written. Bring Grandma and the kids. It’s PG. If you like it, tell LOTS OF PEOPLE (especially 7th-12th graders) to visit the site and say wonderful things in the comment box. If you don’t, tell them anyway.




Went to my third writers conference (Fall Philly SCBWI this time) in four weeks and it was great. At least I think so. They are all beginning to blend together in a veritable Carvel Blizzard of information. I learned two (or possibly more…must read my notes) extremely important things: 1. Make your book more marketable by moving it out of 9th grade in Jr. High to 9th grade in HS and two, and 2. Diversity also means including characters who are not defined by race, ethnicity, etc. e.g., A 23 year-old Cuban jazz bassist who’s defined by his musicianish and 23 year-oldish attributes. That advice was given to me by the lovely, kind, and insightful Adriana Dominguez and you should all read her blog. http://adrianadominguez.blogspot.com

p.s. Another very nice agent told me to query one of her colleagues and use her name. I hope she wasn’t using an alias.



I’m giving the Clover Literary Rag a plug because they’re publishing my story, Bus and Truck in their next issue. Since it’s a biannual publication with a 9% acceptance rate, only slightly higher than The New Yorker, which has a 0% acceptance rate, I feel rather buoyed by the news. All you actors know that coming up with material for a story about a bus and truck is like shooting fish in a barrel. For all my many vegan friends I have never, nor will I ever shoot a fish.



UnknownNo, I did not put that in the subject line just to attract Jewish scholars, though it might, and then they will be horrified. Anyway, I had to put in a plug for my son Michael, although it has nothing whatsoever to do with writing, unless you count the writers for Anger Management, a seriously non-Talmudic show.

Michael had a scene with Charlie Sheen in which he ‘discussed’ the Rambam. Fun fact: Michael’s dad went to Yeshiva Rambam where he didn’t have much fun at all.