Monday, March 31, 2014

Should Authors and Illustrators Form an LLC (and Other Business Questions)?

© Sylvia Liu

Once you start taking your writing and/or illustrating seriously, it may be time to treat your work as a business. This can include keeping track of expenses and income and reporting them on your taxes, obtaining a business license, or creating a limited liability company (LLC).

Although I was once an attorney, this post does NOT constitute legal advice. Instead, it raises some of the issues you may want to consider when treating your writing/illustrating as a business.

FIRST ISSUE: Should I treat my writing/illustrating as a business for tax purposes?

Monday, March 24, 2014

Little Red (a short short fairy tale)

© 2013 Sylvia Liu

This is my entry for Susanna Leonard Hill's fractured fairy tale contest (The March Madness Writing Contest), clocking in at 164 words.


                Little Red ignored the village worrywarts who warned her about Nail Forest. She would risk the nasty scrapes from rusted ridges and the stinging scratches from metal flakes. It was the only way to get to Nana’s house before dark.
            “Are you lost, young lady?” called a kindly, raspy voice.
            “No. My Nana’s just through the spikes and past Chainsaw Canyon. Thanks for your kind concern.” Little Red smiled at the strange man with long ears and bushy tail.
            The man started forward, but then furrowed his furry brow. He scratched his head with long, sharp nails. Then he smiled, showing long, ugly teeth.
            He should really get those cleaned, Little Red thought.
            Twenty minutes later, she hugged Nana.
            Nana said, “I’m so glad to see you. The Grimm Daily News says that Lone Wolf is roaming Nail Forest and preying on young girls.”
            “Oh, don’t worry, Nana. A really nice fellow also hangs out there. He’ll keep us safe. Here, have some bread.”

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Kidlit411 Giveaway and David Diaz in the Spotlight

This is a super short post to encourage you to head over to Kidlit411 and enter into our giveaway for a free picture book critique with Susanna Leonard Hill or a chance to submit a picture book, middle grade, or young adult manuscript to agent Mira Reisberg of Hummingbird Literary. The giveaway ends on Friday, March 7.

Also on Kidlit411, I've interviewed illustrator David Diaz, the 1995 Caldecott winner and the 2013 Pura Belpré winner. David is my mentor in the Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program. One my favorite books of his is the biography of Frida Kahlo, ME, FRIDA.

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