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- Linda S. Mai, Author -
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After joining SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators),

I decided if getting a book published was something

I wanted to accomplish, I needed to get serious.

From that point on I made every effort to attend all the local SCBWI conferences and events, as well as several other conferences in my

area. I was like a sponge learning all I could about writing and

the publishing business.

I'm currently active in several critique groups, including an on-line rhyming group.  I’m grateful for my critique partners who help me revise my manuscripts. They often see things I could say better and/or things

I should leave out. My writing friends are always there for me,

encouraging me on my writing journey.

I'm pleased to be working with an awesome agent, Amy Brewer, with Metamorphosis Literary Agency. She's a strong advocate and her work

on my behalf is appreciated!

I stay busy thinking of new ideas, revising my manuscripts  (lots of revising), and reading children's books. What could be more fun?

See MORE below.

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Books I Recommend 

Picture Books

Cowboy Camp by Tammi Saur

Diva Delores by Laura Sassi

A Dog Named Doug by Karma Wilson

Sparky and Spike by Barbara Lowell

Tiny Stitches by Gwendolyn Hooks


Chapter Books

            Camp Not Allowed by KJ Williams

            Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo


Middle Grade

            The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

            Marcello in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Midnight on Strange Street by K.E. Ormsbee

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This past year has been challenging with the Covid pandemic keeping everyone from traveling and meeting together. All the Oklahoma writing conferences and monthly meetings were cancelled and held

virtually. I miss seeing everyone.

The bright spot over the last 12 months was my ability to attend the SCBWI

L.A. Conference and the New York Conference (on line). I've wanted to attend both of these for years but the cost and time, made it difficult.

They were both amazing and made possible by the technology of our time.

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