I’m thrilled to announce that Tilbury House has acquired my picture book, MY BUSY GREEN GARDEN. Woohoooo! This rollicking cumulative rhyming story has a tentative publication date of Spring 2017. I’m so excited to have the chance to plant the seeds of reading in young people’s minds with this story.
This morning, I was thrilled to learn that former student Julie Dillemuth has sold her first manuscript! Julie worked on her manuscript with a cognitive-spatial focus in my course, Introduction to Writing Easy Readers. After some declines, Julie revised the story into a picture book format and the story sold! Now, that’s what I call having brains and talent!
Congratulations, Julie! I can’t wait for 2015, when I can hold a copy in my own hands.
And while we’re on the subject, there are still spots available in the upcoming course, Introduction to Writing Easy Readers. Click here for info.
Yes, it’s been forever since I’ve posted as I’ve allowed my wrist and thumb to heal, but I just found out who my next advisor will be for my 3rd semester at Vermont College. Drum roll, please…….. Julie Larios! Okay, I’ll admit it, when I saw my name in her group I let out a whoop. Julie is a fabulous poet, brilliant and just plain delightful. I AM THRILLED!
Okay, I’m sitting here, teary-eyed. Truly touched.
Check out this article in the Chelsea Standard (it’s short).
All I can say is: THIS is why I write for kids. It’s just that simple.
I’m delighted to announce that Blackberry Banquet has been named on the National Wildlife Federation’s Grab Bag list of recommended books.
So please, hop on over and check out their Grab Bag list and learn more about their fabulous organization while you’re there.
Blackberry Banquet has been named to the 2010 California Collections. The book list is compiled by the California Readers (click here for full list). Listed books must display “excellence in literature” and be written or illustrated by a California author or illustrator.
Beginning in July, I’ll begin a journey down a new path in my life, as a part of the Vermont College of Fine Arts Master’s in Writing for Children and Young Adults Program. I’m very excited about this! I’ve dreamed of enrolling in this program since I first heard about it, many years ago. Now, with my son out of college, it’s finally my turn!
Am I thrilled? Yes! Excited? Oh yeah! A little nervous? Absolutely! Terrified at times? You betcha! (but just once in a while and that’s when Mary Ann and Dianne talk me down :-).
But it was time. Time for me to move on to something different–something that could take me to places I’ve never been before with my writing. New levels, new commitments, a whole new world.
And for anyone interested, my hope is to focus my blog on my VC experiences (which would entail the next two years). I have a feeling I won’t have a lot of time for posting, maybe once a week or so, but for anyone who is interested in the program, maybe it will give you some insight.
So, there’s my big news… Next week I’ll give a little more details about what’s happened up to this point. So please, stay tuned!
Yesterday I received two nice bits of news from the publicist at Sylvan Dell. First, I’m the featured author this month at Stories for Children online magazine. Click HERE to read the interview (and surf their website–they have tons of great things, all kidlit related).
And, Blackberry Banquet has been listed live on the USA Book News website!
The Children’s Book Council has featured Blackberry Banquet on its 2008 July/August “Summertime Fun” list! Check it out–the ten books are about all kinds of summer fun. Pick yourself a reading treat from the list, pour yourself a frosty glass of lemonade, and settle down into a shady spot for some fun and relaxation.