Monday, April 6, 2015

Spring Time Brings the Picture Book Parade

My new hashtag Twitter find for the day...


Check out:
 # PictureBookParade

I found it so eye opening and interesting-
Plus a great way to shake off your old winter blues and get your creative juices flowing.
There are great comments, educational tidbits, best ever sketches, Q&As, and neat, fun stuff.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Finished Post Card, Work in Progress for SCBWI and Two Contests- YAY

So it may seem that I've taken the month off.

Not by a long shot. My post card is finished and right on time. Our SCBWI-Carolinas Working Illustrator's Network (WIN) challenged all to a post card mail-out for April 1st. A few days late but waiting on the printer now.
I also submitted my manuscript for the SCBWI Work in Progress Grant with a picture book story that I feel has worked out well. 
This follows working on two contests from our local  SCBWI Carolina's Chapter. One for a manuscript with a new chapter book and one illustration for my rendition of the cover for the classic, Charlotte's Webb.

 So sorry to be missing here, but I'm back.

 Oh, did I mention I'm starting to submit to a few agents. A busy girl indeed.

Monday, March 9, 2015

I'm Late I'm Late- For a Very Important Date

I keep trying to get back and post a little, but oh so little time.

So let me finish a few things and I promise to have something worthy to say.....

Saturday, February 21, 2015


Publishers Weekly has come out with their list of the many great children's books coming this fall.
What a lineup, complete with  the list of dozens of top publishers serving their best selections.
Whether you are looking as Mom, a reader or an author studying the markets; you will need to grab a cup of coffee, sit and enjoy.

Lots of magic, creativity and fun coming soon.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz Winners 2015

Publishers Weekly explains when they got the call.

These are what dreams are made of............. oh yes. 

Dreams and so much hard work.


Well played -

Kwame Alexander

Dan Santat

Jandy Nelson

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Postcards and the 10%


Our SCBWI Carolinas Challenge will be four postcard submissions in 2015. But are they worth it. All the prep work, designing, creating, ordering and then of course- add stamps and address them. 

But Deb Johnson, a wonderful artist and one of our SCBWI C Working Illustrators Network [WIN] Coordinators found and posted this great article from Giuseppe Castellano, designer and Art Director at Penguin Random House. Ten percent, yes I needed that, oh how I needed that. I'll get right on it.
                                                  " Yes silly, just ten percent, ha, ha."

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Tim Federle and Ten Things a Debut Novelist Needs to Know

This was posted a few months ago in the Official SCBWI Conference Blog, but needs to be repeated as we prepare for the new year with all the possibilities, dear writers.
Tim Federle, Better Nate Than Ever, list his ten things nobody tells you about being a debut novelist. Things you'll need to remember when your first or any novel comes out.

And I love his bonus - Love your characters.  
Thanks Tim for this and the many wonderful books you provide.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Wishing Everyone A Merry Christmas

I wish everyone a blessed and wonderful holiday season.

Friday, November 21, 2014

So busy-

 AHH,  I've been so busy working up my Work in Progress for a new Easy Reader Series. Yes, it is coming along so well. And since I've fallen in love with my characters, I've decided to get them out of my head and onto my sketch pad. The dummys are almost done.

So  please be patient with me as I finish up.
Here are a few tips I ran across from  The Editor's Blog to help me with this project. Lots of great tips.             

So be patient with me as I finish up.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

How many times have I used that word?- Word Frequency Counter

You are going strong. Words flying from your head to the tips of your fingers and it's working so-- so good.

After awhile, you think- hmmm, I've used that word a lot-    You may be surprised at just how many times. So finish that draft and then:

Check out this link, Word Counter   

Paste your story and see what your favorite words are!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Is it Middle Grade or Chapter Book?

You've finished that first draft of your middle grade novel. But now taking a long look, maybe not. Maybe it is a Chapter book. Or is it? 
How can you tell? Now it's not as clear as you first thought in your rapid fire, getting it all out on paper and spouting out to everyone, "I'm working on a middle grade story."
Going back to read or reread all the books that seem the slightest bit similar sometimes helps. And sometimes doesn't -
I found a blog by Emma Walton Hamilton with a clear way to compare.
She uses clues about: 
Age of Protagonist
Yes, there are always exceptions!
I'm still researching every chapter and middle grade book I can get my hands on, but each morsel of information helps me on my journey.

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-