Happy Fall, Creatives! And what better way to celebrate the changing of the seasons than with an author interview. I am extremely excited to welcome Jennifer Harris to this Behind the Page interview. Today we are chatting about her upcoming picture book debut, She Stitched The Stars: A Story of Ellen Harding Baker’s Solar System Quilt, … Continue reading Behind the Page – Interview With Jennifer Harris, Author of She Stitched the Stars
Happy Sunday #Kidlit! It’s a rainy day in Arizona which is the second best time to read a spooky book. The first of course being Halloween but since that is a few months away, I’ll settle for second best. I became a fan of Jessie Sima’s work when I picked up Love, Z in Costco … Continue reading PB BOOST: Hardly Haunted By Jessie Sima
Happy June, Creatives! I am extremely excited to welcome both Anna Lazowski and Steph Laberis to this Behind the Page interview on their upcoming picture book release, T. Rexes Can't Tie Their Shoes (Doubleday Books for Young Readers). You won't want to miss this hilarious alphabet of animals and the things they can't do, but … Continue reading Behind the Page Interview + Giveaway with Anna Lazowski & Steph Laberis
Photo by Leah Kelley from Pexels When is the last time you went on a journey? We often write our characters through a journey, with obstacles and reactions. Experiencing them for ourselves gives us a better reference to write them. The mundane of every day can often leave us out of touch with our characters, … Continue reading Stuck In Your WIP – Try Taking Your Own Hero’s Journey
Kidlit contests are a great excuse for some butt in chair time. This year I promised myself that I would only enter a select few. Right away I knew that Vivian Kirkfield’s #50preciouswords had to be one of them. The challenge is to write a story using 50 words or less that is appropriate for … Continue reading #50PreciousWords – A New Mission
The other day I was driving behind a box truck and I hate driving behind trucks. If you’ve ever driven behind a truck you know that it is impossible to see past them. How can I enjoy the open road if I can’t see it? So I wished that I wasn’t behind it. At the … Continue reading Are You at a Writing Red Light?
In an effort to celebrate the little wins, I made a Champagne Rejection Badge. Cheers to putting your work out there, #kidlit friends! 🥂 I received a champagne rejection in which the agent loved two out of the five manuscripts sent to them but didn’t feel the same way about the other three. The positives: … Continue reading Are You Making This Query Mistake?
My Patchwork Family written by Ginger Baerg and illustrated by Mikayla Tucker is a lovely story of adoption. The book follows the main character, Nick as his family grows from three to seven. With two family members joining them through adoption. I was fortunate enough to critique this manuscript before publication. Ginger is a critique … Continue reading PbBOOST – My Patchwork Family
Despite the excellent advice of celebrating small wins, I find myself thinking, I’ll celebrate the next win or this win is too small to celebrate. Well let me tell you, that next win comes and goes without celebration. Luckily once a year, Children's author Julie Hedlund, hosts her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series … Continue reading Do You Celebrate Your Writing Wins?
The holidays are here and that means *drum roll* yup, another writing contest. Are you sick of these yet? I hope not because I love a good contest. And who doesn’t love a little holiday cheer. Today’s holiday story is brought to you by Susanna Hill’s Holiday Contest. The task: Write a children’s holiday story … Continue reading NEW YEAR’S EVE IS FOR SPARKLES – Susanna Hill Holiday Contest Entry