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Nov.11.2013
I first met Tim McCanna at an SCBWI conference in 2011. Back then he was an aspiring children's book author and a heck of a nice guy. Now he's still a heck of a nice guy but he's graduated from aspiring to published children's book author. How'd he do it? I was about to say "not in the...
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Nov.11.2013
My novel for adults, The Wishing Box, has had two lives. It got great reviews when it came out in 2000, including being named as one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times. But sales were never outstanding, and eventually it went into hibernation. Then, last...
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Sep.24.2013
Tim Myers is a terrific writer, teacher and storyteller. I was a huge fan of his best-selling book Basho and the Fox for many years before I met him in person. When I did, I discovered we had much in common, including the fact that we both write in multiple genres, and I became as...
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Sep.03.2013
Periodically I hear from former students who are wondering how to find critique partners. Often, they've tried SCBWI but found there's a long waiting list. Or they were in a critique group that formed out of one of my classes but it faded over time or never got off the ground. And so they're...
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May.09.2013
Like many in the picture book world, I’ve been watching the children’s book app market with a mixture of curiosity and trepidation. I’m a book person at heart – I love the smell and feel of paper and the sensation of curling up with a book in my hands and a kid on my lap. When people talk about...
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Apr.12.2013
You might not have heard of Rebecca Dudley yet, but I’m guessing you will. Her wordless picture book Hank Finds An Egg comes out next month and it’s already gotten plenty of attention, including two starred reviews and a great write-up by Elizabeth Bird of Fuse 8.Published by Peter...
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Apr.05.2013
Last week, I interviewed former student Nicole Lataif about her experience publishing with Pauline, a Catholic press. This week, I’m highlighting a pair of former students, Heather Woodard and Pam Wampol, who took my class to work on their Christmas story. Their self-published book...
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Apr.01.2013
I’ve been teaching an online Children’s Picture Book Writing class through media bistro for six years years and recently launched an advanced class for graduates of the introductory class (I call the two classes PB1and PB2). In the course of teaching these...
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Dec.18.2012
My blog posts, not to mention my Tweets and Facebook posts, have been a cavalcade of self-promotion these days. Not that I'm apologizing for it -- that's just how it is when you have a new book out. But last week, just as I was getting ready to let everyone know that I was being interviewed...
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Dec.13.2012
  Sometimes people ask me if Princess Amanita, the main character in Dangerously Ever After, was inspired by anyone in real life. The answer is complicated -- she's a mixture of several little girls I've known, with a generous helping of pure imagination. But the more time I spend with my...
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Dec.05.2012
Cross posted from the Authors for Earth Day blog: Because I’m an environmental journalist as well as the author of four books for children, people often ask me if I write “environmentalist” children’s books. I find it tough to answer.  What makes a book “environmentalist?”  Must an...
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Nov.30.2012
  A while back, my pal Jim Averbeck and I got this idea to promote our books together. Book promotion is a lonely thing, and I was looking for company. It gets boring talking about your own book all the time, especially when you're not sure if anyone's listening. I figured, if Jim...
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Nov.26.2012
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  The only gift better than a book is an autographed book and the only gift better than an autographed book is an autographed book with a personal inscription from the author. But children's book authors are generally reclusive and hard to locate, particularly during the holiday season. This...
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Nov.26.2012
  The only gift better than a book is an autographed book and the only gift better than an autographed book is an autographed book with a personal inscription from the author. But children's book authors are generally reclusive and hard to locate, particularly during the holiday season. This...
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Jan.14.2011
The other night a friend invited me to a dance performance at ODC in San Francisco – a competition in which audience members decide which choreographers will receive a $10,000 grant to develop new work. I went in knowing nothing about the choreographers or the pieces and left feeling electric with...
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