Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloweensie Writing Contest: A Spooky Fight

A pumpkin we carved yesterday


Here's my entry for Susanna Hill's Fourth Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest. The rules: write a Halloween story for children under 100 words, using the words broomstick, pumpkin, and creak.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Almost Ready for the Mid-Atlantic SCBWI Conference


I am excited to be heading to the annual Mid-Atlantic SCBWI conference tomorrow. But, as usual, I left everything to the last minute.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

How I Landed My First Contract: Yvonne Mes

Yvonne Mes signing the contract
The great news from my critique group keeps coming! My friend, the wonderfully talented author and illustrator Yvonne Mes has landed her first picture book contract!

You signed a book contract! What is the book about?

The book will be called MEET SIDNEY NOLAN, part of the Random House Australia MEET ... series.

It is a nonfiction picture book for children from ages 5 to 8. The story will focus on the Australian modernist painter Sidney Nolan. I am not sure who the illustrator will be yet, but I have loved the illustrations in the other MEET ... books so I am sure it will be amazing ... I don't envy the illustrator illustrating the story of a well-known artist!