Virginia Law Manning

And We're Off!

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January 5th. My son is back in school. My husband is out of the house. I’ve done a few housekeeping chores this morning and now I’m ready to work. In the last few days, I’ve set myself up to achieve a few of my 2016 goals.


I received comments back from my new Chapter Book critique group on the first 10 pages of my manuscript. I’m anxious to pour through the members’ comments and see what I need to focus my attention on next. This feedback comes at the perfect time.

This morning I registered for Kidlit College’s “Unlocking the Mysteries of Writing Chapter Book and Middle Grade Series” webinar and critique with Eve Adler, Senior Editor Grosset & Dunlap and Price Stern Sloan, Penguin Random House. Prior to sending my submission, I’ll make revisions based on the critique group’s feedback and any takeaways from the webinar. Unfortunately, it may take up to two months to get Ms. Adler’s feedback. During that time, I’ll put those chapters on the back burner. This way when I receive her critique, I’ll be able to look at my manuscript with fresh eyes.


I registered for a course on Photoshop at the Princeton Arts Council that begins next week. I’m so excited to start exploring this program. My fabulous illustration teacher Barbara DiLorenzo once did a Photoshop demonstration for us. She took a jpeg of a student’s watercolor illustration and was able to fix several mistakes and improve the scan’s colors to better resemble the original. How satisfying to make corrections to a notoriously unforgiving medium! I’ve also had a lot of difficultly reproducing watercolors—colors can be washed out and change the warmth of an image. I’m hoping by tweaking the jpeg in Photoshop I can compensate for scanning discrepancies.

I hope you’re off to a successful start as well! Leave a comment and let me know how you’re faring with your New Year’s Resolutions!