Okay, so while I wait. . .what should I do?

16 May

My friend and critique partner asked me this question after she submitted her requested material: Okay, so while I wait. . .what should I do? Writing is hard. HARD, I tell you. (It’s super-fun, too, but mostly it’s hard.) After working really, REALLY hard on a manuscript for days or months or years, you finally […]


28 Feb

  Celia Lee at Scholastic has acquired world rights to Kate Dopirak‘s (l.) Snuggle Bunny, illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld, a picture book about a young bunny who doesn’t want to get out of bed and soon finds himself with a lot of company. Publication is scheduled for 2017; Tracey Adams at Adams Literary represented the […]

Laurent Linn – WPA SCBWI Illustrators’ Day

21 Feb

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE AN ILLUSTRATOR TO ATTEND THIS FABULOUS EVENT! Registration is open! What: Illustrator’s Day (Create a mock project and spend a day with a featured art director) Where: Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport When: Saturday, April 11, 2015 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Featured Art Director: Laurent Linn (Simon & Schuster […]

Writing Tip from Puppy: Take a Break

22 Nov

I learn a lot from my puppy. One of the things she’s teaching me is to take breaks, and I think it helps my writing.  Frankie plays. She plays like it’s her job. Give her a wubba or a whiffle ball and watch out. Heaven help us if she gets her paws on a sock. She bolts […]

Writing Tip from Puppy: Pay Attention

15 Nov

I learn a lot from my puppy. One of the things she’s teaching me is to pay attention, and I think it’s improving my writing. When I walked my puppy the other day, she discovered a wiggly worm. She sniffed it and pawed it. She barked at it and got all wound up. She gave me […]

How to Raise Readers (or the importance of a veggie plate)

24 Jul

I told my friend that my son wants to use his First Communion money to buy the entire I SURVIVED set, a historical fiction series published by Scholastic. She looked shocked: “How do you make him read like that? My kids hate books. You’re SO lucky.” Maybe, but I think my boys – 6 and […]

Puppy Love

9 Jun

We got a baby girl boxer!           I assumed the boys would love her, and they do.           But she’s melting all of us.           I can’t imagine she won’t work her way into a new manuscript soon.    

Katerina’s Wish by Jeannie Mobley

8 Apr

I am reading Jeannie Mobley’s KATERINA’S WISH to my boys, who are six and eight.     The back of the book reads: What would I wish for, if I had a wish? I took a deep breath to quell the pang of homesickness in my heart, and I spoke. “I wish for a farm where […]

Worst Blog Updater Ever

17 Jan

I’m the worst blog updater ever. I know. Sorry. But I do have some good excuses for not posting here since September:   I’m *almost* finished with a draft of a new novel. (By *almost* I mean “just about”. Honestly. . .)   I’ve eaten all the chocolate chips. (Maybe not all the chocolate chips […]

WPA SCBWI Fall Conference

21 Sep

Mark you calendars! Book a babysitter! Hoard some chocolate! Whatever you need to do to get ready for the WPA SCBWI Fall Conference, do it! What? WPA SCBWI Fall Conference Where? Doubletree Hotel in Greentree, PA When? Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9, 2013 I’ll be running a workshop (hooray!), and guess what? We have an […]