Friday, May 10, 2013
Here's an article that just appeared on the Cincinnati.com newspaper website about my visit, earlier this week, to Kentucky. (Click here.) Had a lot of fun with students at White's Tower Elementary there in Independence.
Had a great time, the next day, with 100-plus bubbly 2nd graders at Endeavor Elementary School in West Chester, Ohio. Besides a large assembly, we also did writing workshops -- 2 classes at a time -- of my "Explode the Mo" workshop, about adding "slow motion" details to revisions. I enjoyed reading the kids' stories. (Well, really, hearing students read them aloud.) Everyone seemed to enjoy the workshop, especially popping balloons, (EXLODING the moment... get it? har har!) and watching a funny, slow-motion video of a goofy little dog chasing a Frisbee.
I know a lot of folks (some who are great friends) who are fine writers for children. This year, yet again, I have met a lot of writers who ARE children! As Martha Stewart would say, "It's a good thing."
A very good thing.
Monday, January 28, 2013
This is how I feel about it!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Here's my latest book, THE GREAT CHRISTMAS CRISIS, published by Sterling Children's Books and illustrated by the talented Jannie Ho. It's a sequel (of sorts) to THE GREAT REINDEER rebellion, written by the late Lisa Trumbauer, published by Sterling in 2009.
Both books are fun and funny (if I do say so myself!) but they're also lush and fun to hold, with embossed illustrations on every page, spot varnished to give each layout a 3-D effect that kids will love to touch. Kind of like fancy old Christmas cards.
Here's a round-up of the latest reviews from mom bloggers around the country. Thanks, moms!
December 9 5 Minutes for Books—Reviewed in Xmas roundup
December 4 Jumpin Beans—Review
December 4 Reviewed by Mom—Review:
“This book is adorable. It is cute and fun and it was a slam dunk hit with my three children.”
November 30 Bergers Book Reviews
November 24 Picture Book Reviews—Review
To quote Santa on the last page of my book: "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good laugh!"
Friday, September 14, 2012
I am an aspiring children’s book author who, just like you, is a follower of this blog, so I’m so tremendously excited to be a part of it today.
So back to the post…if you are, or ever have been, an aspiring children’s book author, then like me, you’ve had times when you’ve either been closed out of great conferences, had to travel great distances to hear from experts in the field, or spent a lot of money on fees and travel.
I was a frustrated, but very motivated, aspiring children’s book author, who decided to do something about it. Having been an aspiring children’s book author for a very long time (on and off for 12 years – children, career changes, etc. etc.) and having made the decision to finally devote my free time and career to doing what I really loved (writing for children), I needed education and training from the best, experienced children’s book authors available. So in an effort to help other aspiring, frustrated, and motivated aspiring children’s book authors (and myself), I began Writing for Children Live.
Writing for Children Live is a website where you can learn from the best experts in the field of writing childrens' books, from the comfort of your own home, through FREE, LIVE teleconference calls and webinars. No fees, no travel. You can listen in on your phone or via your computer. If for some reason you can't make the call or webinar at the time and date it is scheduled for, there is no need to worry. A replay of the call/webinar will be made available for your convenience FREE for 24 hours following the live call. So no getting closed out, either.
If you miss the replay of your favorite, author, agent or publisher, or if you heard the call, but wish you could hear it again, and again, for all of the great information and tips, all calls will be made available to purchase on an MP3 download (after the 24 hour free replay). All webinars will also be available to purchase, so that you can watch it as many times as you want to.
My favorite quote from the movie Field of Dreams is “If you build it, they will come.” So when I decided to start Writing for Children Live, I thought that if this website was meant to be, the speakers will come. You can imagine the THRILL I had when the first author to submit a proposal to speak on Writing for Children Live was the one and only, Newbery Honor Award Winner for her book On My Honor, Marion Dane Bauer!
I can’t wait to host Marion Dane Bauer’s teleconference call and webinar in September and am so tremendously excited about hosting all of the other great authors that are coming this fall: YA author Angela Morrison, YA author Susan Shaw, nonfiction author John Micklos, Jr. and YA Author K. M. Walton. Even more great authors are coming this Winter and Spring (you won’t want to miss my interview on writing coming this spring with Gail Carson Levine!!!) Kim Norman, herself, may be doing a presentation this Spring as well!!!
To get notified of how you can access upcoming author presentations, visit WritingForChildrenLIVE.com.
Now, just in case you were wondering…I have managed to get a professional book published for librarians and teachers, called Once Upon a Sign, but am still waiting for that book contract to come in for a children’s book. I continue to get rejection letters, but am starting to get a few sentence response in my rejection letter instead of just the “form” letter, so I figure I’m getting closer.
I look forward to helping each other to achieve our writing and publishing goals together through Writing for Children Live!
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Recently, I have corresponded with David DeVries, author of the insanely clever MONSTER ENGINE book, which is described thusly on David's site: The Monster Engine is an eleven year art project which has grown into an internet phenomenon. Released in June of 2005, The Monster Engine attracted 17 million hits in the first month and continues to get 1/2 million hits per month and is linked to over a 12,000 blogs worldwide--all on word of mouth with no advertising.
Wow, he has my admiration for all those hits. (And even a little envy.) He DEFINITELY has my envy about an amazing segment about him and his book that appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, which is my favorite show. (Really. I'm not kidding. It's my favorite!)
Click HERE to view the show segment. Truly uplifting and entertaining.
Learn more HERE, on David's Monster Engine site.
Monday, September 3, 2012
She says, "If your school or library ever wants to book an illustrator, you know who to call: Have art, will travel!"
Learn more about Terri Murphy and her illustrator presentations HERE, on her Web site.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Becky Hall is the author of A is for Arches, an alphabet book published by Sleeping Bear Press, about her home state of Utah. The governor's wife chose to hold Becky's book in her hands for her official portrait. (How cool is that?!) Becky has authored another book for Sleeping Bear, this time a counting book about Utah, entitled 1, 2, I'll Show You... Utah. The book is currently in production.
Becky is also the author of Morris and Buddy, a biography of Morris Frank, the brave man who brought the first Seeing Eye Dog to America in the early 20th century. As you can see from these photos, Becky is a dog lover, so it was a perfect topic for her to tackle. And tackle it, she did! Morris and Buddy is a delightful read that I'm proud to display on the shelf of books written by members of my critique group.