Zilpha Keatley Snyder, beloved children's author has died. A former school teacher, her first young adult novel was published after an editor told her she was writing the wrong story, and asked for a rewrite. She had to rewrite it twice before publication, but then went on to write nearly fifty books, including the Newbery honor books, The Egypt Game, The Headless Cupid, and The Witches of Worm. Read her full obit here, and remember three important writing axioms from her life:
1. Good writing is rewriting.
2. Know your audience. (She credits her years teaching the upper elementary grades for her ability to write for that age group.)
3. This is a business of rejection, and only those who persevere in spite of that rejection will succeed.
Happy reading and writing,