Writing for the 21st Century

This is spot on!

Glass Cases

I represent Adult fiction and YA & MG fiction, but I talk more about the latter. I know I do this, and it’s not because I don’t have a lot to say about Adult fiction. It’s that YA, and especially MG, are still new. They are still evolving. Adult genres get redefined every once in a while, and audiences grow, but mostly, adults are adults and their writers know who they’re writing for.

I talk more about YA because the category itself is known for jumping from trend to trend, being super enthusiastic and supportive, yet misunderstood (and often disrespected) by mainstream literary culture. Its target audience can relate, and they aren’t known for standing still either. Adults age at a much slower pace. The difference between a 32 year old and a 36 year old is barely a blip compared to that of a 13 year old and a…

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Social Media for Writers & Artists

This is an article I wrote for the SCBWI Los Angeles regional newsletter Kite Tales. I love social media, as most of you know and I’m quite good with it. Hope you like the article.

Kite Tales

socialmedia1At conferences, one of the things I hear many writers and artists talk about is that their biggest fear/worry/stumbling block/insecurity (besides their craft – because hey, we all know how that is), is how to use social media. I’m writing this quick article with some tips because while I’m not officially a paid social media person, I’m really good at it. Really.

First of all, breathe. Don’t be scared. It’s okay. We were all beginners and didn’t know how to do any of it until we did. Please don’t feel insecure about the things you haven’t done yet. It seems daunting, but it’s not. Really. Please trust me.

7910370882_39d180fb66_zHere are my tips:

  1. Don’t be nervous about it.
  2. Treat social media like any other social interaction (meaning, be kind and respectful).
  3. Start with the one or ones you are comfortable with. It’s okay not to be on all of them, and…

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Authors and Illustrators 4 Clinton

I have been working with this amazing group because it’s too important this time not to. Here are some of the folks I’ve been lucky enough to work with and why we are all voting for Hillary.



Rebecca O’Connell   #HillaryBecause… She wrote It Takes a Villagetwenty years ago, and it is still true.
Evelyn Coleman   I am supporting AIC because I know these are folk who care about children as much as I do.
Mira Lopez   I’m supporting Hillary and AIC because I know she’s capable of making sure that I have the most opportunities to succeed in my future.

Gabrielle Raumberger   I support the dedicated work of AIC. Their passion for creating critical mass of aligned Americans who want a world that has the best interest of our children’s future at its heart has drawn me to them. And that’s also why I’m voting for Hillary: her record for creating programs that benefit children’s well-being contributes to the greater good for all of us.

Helen Hemphill   I’m voting for Hillary because she’s a listener and a learner who is grounded in facts.  

Jaime Temairik   I want a compassionate, intelligent, and diplomatic person as our next president, and that person is absolutely Hillary Clinton.

Maurie J. Manning   I support the AIC campaign because our shared career focus puts us in a unique position to speak up with authority for what’s in the best interest of our children’s future — the calm, kind, perseverant and serious candidate for POTUS, Hillary Clinton.

Janni Lee Simner   I’m the grandaughter of immigrants and the mother of an immigrant. I’m with Hillary Clinton because I’m for a country that embraces all of its families, and that makes room for those who seek refuge here as well.

Janet Wong   #ImWithHer because she’s been working on behalf of children for 30+ years—and because I trust the wisdom of 1,200+ #AuthorsAndIllustrators4Clinton who are voting for Hillary, too.

Leonard Marcus   I’m voting for Hilary because she knows what she’s doing and because she cares about people.

Kris Vreeland   I’m voting for Hillary because I believe she is the best candidate.  She has supported women’s rights, children’s issues and  human rights her entire career.  Her heart is in the right place.  She is also insightful and intelligent.  She listens and knows how to work well with others to reach the necessary compromises without sacrificing the integrity of her goals to serve the American people.

Lee Wind   I went from “anybody but rhymes-with-dump” to proudly voting for Hillary (and a congress that will work with her) because I’ve been paying attention: Hillary Clinton is brave and smart and I believe she truly cares about people besides herself and her family having rights and good lives. She’ll be a great President–if we’re brave and smart and caring enough to elect her.

Rebecca Gold   I support the AIC campaign for Hillary because authors and illustrators who write for children, care for children. And what’s best for all children is to have a smart, dedicated and caring woman in the White House, not a bully.  

Michelle Parker-Rock   It’s a privilege to be an AIC Board Member in support of Hillary, and I am voting for her because she is an advocate for children, women, the LGBTQ community, clean power, liberal judges, an end to racial profiling, higher minimum wages, and so much more.

Susan Raab   I’m voting for Hillary because this is not a game or horse race to win — it’s simply about who we should hire to do the toughest, most complex, most critical to our lives, job we have. 

Stephanie Olivieri   I’m a first-generation American, and I’m supporting AIC because I’m voting for Hillary Clinton because she understands that this great country was built by immigrants and is opposed to building a wall.

April Wayland   To me, Hillary Clinton is like a redwood tree—with rings of strength, of discipline, of know-how, and always a champion for children deep in her heartwood.

Bruce Balan   One candidate has dedicated herself to public service, the other has dedicated himself to self-service. The choice is clear.

Revise! Revise! Revise! Then? Revise Again

From last year on revisions!! #amrevising

Steph Olivieri Writer's Blog


Hello, writers!

Today I wanted to write a quick blog about revising, something that all writers should be very acquainted with but many aren’t. Revision is part of the process. It doesn’t matter if you are Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, or someone brand new; if you write novels, you must plan on revising.

I personally love revisions. They are where the heart of the story really comes to life. It’s exciting for me to dig deeper and get to know my characters better and help them tell their story even better than I had originally planned it. I know that may sound a bit crazy, but trust me, it’s not. My characters always have the final say in how their story is told.

You may have heard the term “pantser”? Yup, that’s me, on the first draft. I am the writer who just sits down sometimes with not much more…

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SCBWI Community Corner with Stephanie Olivieri

My article about why and how much I love being part of the Scbwi

Kite Tales

11846797_10153538797467079_5070761802491006292_n SCBWI Summer Conference 2015

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is a dynamic community of professionals and aspirings. Read on for a member’s story about how SCBWI has influenced their work and connected them to publishing professionals, life-long friends, and the tools they need to share their stories with children of all ages.

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators has changed my life for the better in many ways. It’s hard to explain how a group of book writers and illustrators can do that, but they have. I’m not sure where to start, so I’ll start at the beginning: I’m a writer, who also draws. I worked in animation for many years and have recently worked in children’s books both as a writer and an illustrator.

In the summer of 2012 I joined the SCBWI and then, boom, my father died. I was broke and I couldn’t…

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No Posturing, Just Posting

Keeping it real for a minute. No posturing, just posting. 🙂
People always assume that everything is great for everyone on social media-it’s not. It’s just that it’s better to present a positive spin on life, than a negative one.
I’m keeping it real here today just because why not? Maybe someone out there is struggling and needs to know that we all have it hard at some point. Especially those of us who have a creative career.
I was explaining to someone at Highlights last week that for me there is no backup plan, this is what I do for a living, and this person didn’t seem to get it. It’s funny to me.
I feel like I’ve been drowning my entire life, but I’m doing what I love and trying to continue to do that.
My writing is not where I wanted it to be at this age. I have been paid to write, I have sold stuff, but I wanted to be further, I’m not, but that’s okay. I get up every day and I write, or I think about writing, or I don’t do anything and then tomorrow is a new day.
Money?? Ha, I look around and see everyone with savings accounts, owning houses not living like they are in college still, and again, I thought that would be me, it’s not. But I’m okay with it.
Marriage, kids? Same.. but it’s okay.
The point is, that no one is perfect and no matter what it seems like on social media, life is hard a lot of the time.
We are all in this together!!!
Don’t give up. Keep reaching for your goals and don’t compare yourself to others-it will make you crazy.

Stephanie Olivieri: Illustrator’s Gallery

My day job!!

Kite Tales

10Illustrator and animation artist, Stephanie Olivieri, takes us on her journey from pencil to pixel in this quarter’s “Illustrator’s Gallery.” Read on for tools, tips, and encouragement if you’re looking to switch from hand drawing to digital, are deciding if you should, or would just like to compare digital notes with another fantastic illustrator!

I made the transition from hand drawing to drawing on the computer officially in 2012. It was something that I fought against for years, saying that people still needed and loved traditional art, but now that I’m digital, I have found that it’s invaluable. I sometimes will do a mixed media piece, but the freedom that an artist has once on the computer is amazing. I find that with enough practice, an artist can mimic traditional illustration and painting, with the biggest difference being drying time and the ability to make changes easily.

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Sorry I’ve Been Writing

I have so much to say to you all, but it’s been a crazy few months. I can’t believe March is almost over! How did that happen?

WOW. I’m working on two YAs and hoping to sign with a new writing agent later this spring or summer.

Meanwhile, I will start posting more often starting in April. THANKS for understanding!