Every writer knows the ONE. The story that took you by the scruff of the neck and shook you until you sat down in a chair and wrote it down and then wouldn't shut up until you started tracking down agents and dove headlong into the wild world of publishing. I know my own story.… Continue reading The ONE
Ever wonder about what happened to writers' "first stories"? So did I.
As I am approaching the two year mark of my deliberate journey into writing books for kids, I delight in the "difficult task" of reading picture book upon picture book as mentor texts in order to stay abreast of the market. Ha! I have always loved to read, and now I have an excuse to… Continue reading A Few Of My Favorite Picture Books from 2021
Spring has arrived here in the South. Blustery breezes, terrific tornadoes, and bursting blossoms. And with the change in season comes another #kidlit opportunity - the Spring Fling KidLit Contest - sponsored by the indefatigable Kaitlyn Sanchez and Ciara O'Neal! Thank you both so much for all you do to inspire, challenge, and encourage the… Continue reading Martha’s Snoozing Blues
Photo by Chris on Unsplash Vivian Kirkfield is an amazing champion of the kidlit community! Not only are her children's books thoughtfully and beautifully written, but she also takes time to encourage aspiring children's writers...like myself. Thank you, Vivian! Every year, she sponsors a contest called "50 precious words." The rules for entry can be… Continue reading Robot Vs. Robin – 50 Precious Words Entry