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At the LA SCBWI conference, I attended a great session on Revision by Jordan Baker, executive editor at Walden Pond Press and Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins Children’s Books). He gave an excellent talk that spoke to me, particularly as I was in the throes of what I was hoping was the final revision of my manuscript before querying. First and foremost, Baker acknowledged that revision was much more difficult and challenging than drafting. (Yes!!! That’s how I felt! Even though that’s not how it seemed when I heard other writers talking about their works in progress. The first draft was…

"Your people are the people that you can talk to without having to create context.”

- Shannon Hale at SCBWI 2015 Summer Conference

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During this past year I have begun to notice a louder conversation about diversity (or lack of) in stories for kids and teens. Born in America and raised by Korean immigrants who encouraged me to read, this was painfully obvious to me growing up because I never found a character who looked like me or had a similar background. In fact, as a Korean kid, I felt like I was snatching up crumbs to find even close approximations of my identity in books and mass media: the Japanese girl that Ralph Macchio fell for in Karate Kid II, the native island…