Thursday, October 2, 2014

Resources for Authors and Illustrators

Yes, I have found my one stop place to find resources, links, inspiration and everything else that delights authors and illustrators. Elaine Kiely Kearns and Sylvia Lui, the founders of KIDLIT411 have done an amazing job bringing all these things together.
Wow oh Wow- so much to check out-

My sketch is featured on their Challenges for Illustrators spot and I'm thrilled to be part.
Thank you KIDLIT 411-

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

How to get the Most from LinkedIn

I have a secret to confess-

 I've been a member of the social network Linked In for some time, yet I have never taken much time to check out how this platform could help me and other artists and writers. 

What a thrill to find Joan Beiriger's blog on how to use Linked In. I feel so dumb that I have not used it more effectively, but now I can't believe all the opportunities that are possible.
Joan's work has always impressed me and her knowledge of licensing is excellent, as you will see in this article.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Amazing Children's Book Author Interviews

YES AMAZING- Oh my goodness. Fifty great interviews from Adolescent Literacy featuring Children's and Young Adult Writers telling their secrets, success stories and lots of other things about how they write and why.
Grab a cup of Joe and join me. I'm on my third cup. A little buzzed, but ah, there is such great information.....

Friday, August 1, 2014

Knowing Your Villains

 Kami Kinard is an accomplished author. And Kami knows villains. Author of The Boy Project and The Boy Problem (2014), she comes clean about taking a long look into your bad guys. 

       Her article in Nerdy Chicks Rule Blog dives deep into why the villain is so important. 
Maybe your antagonist is so mean and nasty; but you need some enduring qualities to make him more rounded and deeper for your reader too.
Check out her five ways to give your evil one- more humanity.  

Find out more about  Kami Kinard  on her site.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Postcards are Out

So you are making promo post cards for your illustration work, great!

Don't forget important points as you prepare your cards. 
Make the art clean and clear and avoid more than one illustration per side. 
Make your design unforgettable from the many arriving daily on the Editor's/Art Director's desk
Don't clutter your contact information. 
Leave room for card's addressee.
Make sure you have proper postage.
Keep a list to whom and where they go.

I try to keep to a quarterly schedule.


 Mailed my postcards out this week. 

Did you get yours?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Chapter Book Time

So, in between art sample projects and revision work, I'm trying to read every Chapter Book my library has to offer for 5-8 year olds. I'm doing well.

But there are SOOOOOOOOOOOOO many excellent ones to choose and so little time. I found Sarah Jane's list on her great blog to help me check off my list. How many have you read?

She called it magic moments; where words and pictures merge-

  I do love magical moments and books that make you lose yourself in a wonderful adventure.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Jane Yolen, the Queen of Inspiration

Thank you Julie Hedlund for your amazing post and interview with Jane Yolen. Here, along with video from Jane's Picture Boot Camp, one finds magically gems on writing. And I loved the bullet points on building a body of work, taking writing risks --- and other tidbits not to be missed.

 Yes, I agree with Julie. She is the Queen of Inspiration.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Playing Around

Busy things have been happening. Lots and Lots- But now the dust is settling and I'm starting to get back to working. Playing with an older dummy here. Maybe it will develop or maybe not. We will see.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Indies First Storytime Day and BOOK WEEK 2014

Yes it 's BOOK WEEK

Today I participated in the Nationwide Indies First Storytime Day at Malaprops Bookstore. What an honor to read from some of my favorite books with local authors from the Asheville N.C. area, Constance Lombardo, Jasmine Ferrara, Allan Wolf, Alan and Windi Gratz, Joe DAgnese and Denise Kiernan.

Listening to these pros was so amazing and very revealing, to find out which were their favorites.

My favs, oh yeah,----- The Little Engine That Could and The Cat in the Hat

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Going Round and Round

Sometimes one feels like they are spinning and making circles; yet not getting anywhere.
But circles can be a good thing. Going over that manuscript or art project just one more time sometimes hits you. Wham-   and you really see what was missed, even after so many passes before.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Yes, We need a Diverse Books Campaign

 I'm joining Grace Lin and many others to promote diversity in children's books. 

Yes a campaign.  Join us!

Yes, everyone is talking about it.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How to Delivery that Gutsy Pitch, - Joan Knows

It is baseball season. The warm springtime and the red clay dirt. What is better than baseball. So how do writers get warmed up and ready to take a few swings; make a hit, maybe a home run and fly around our bases or goals. Joan Edwards knows and her article:
How to Deliver a Short Gutsy Pitch to Entice Editors, Agents and Readers is the perfect way to prepare. Thanks Joan.