A small, traditional press has offered to publish my book!
I am thrilled to be working with WRAGS INC.
I met with my publisher and fabulously talented illustrator, Mark Mattson, last week to discuss our contracts and plans for book promotion. It looks like we will have a book launch (and party) in the spring of 2014!
Please read this article in the Chestnut Hill Local Newspaper written by Lou Mancinelli about my illustrator, Mark Mattson. Mark mentions his latest project, “Emic Rizzle, Tinkerer,” at the end!
I had a splendid time meeting three fabulous middle grade authors at the wonderful, local bookstore, Children’s Book World. Joe Schreiber is the author of Lenny Cyrus, School Virus. Linda Urban, author of one of my favorite middle school novels, A Crooked Kind of Perfect, was on hand to answer questions and talk about her experiences as a published author. She also wrote Hound Dog True and The Center of Everything. Finally, the writer of The Lemonade War series, Jacqueline Davies, joined this trio to help us celebrate this special genre. She eloquently shared with the audience what inspired her to write her books.
As children, these authors all admitted to reading ALOT when they were younger. They each recounted memories including special reading chairs or spaces. Joe recalled typing on an old type-writer. Linda wrote in a cold attic. And Jacqueline dabbled in writing with a quill pen!
I find I am sometimes nostalgic for that small shed my parents let me claim half off to set up for my writing. They bought me an old typewriter from a yard sale and I banged out hundreds of poems and stories while listening to rain storms or our neighbor’s chickens and rooster down the hill.
Wikipedia’s Sexism Toward Female Novelists
Read this article by AMANDA FILIPACCHI published April 24, 2013.
I can’t believe that something like this can still happen? Who’s idea was this and how can Wikipedia think this would go unnoticed? I strongly feel this should be corrected! I’d like to assume this was unintentional but this is still “a man’s world.” So often our male counterparts still get compensated more for their work.
Here is another terrific article that not only gives permission to writers, but also encourages them, to use interesting and challenging vocabulary in their writing. I was one of those kids that made up words and combined words. I even took some pride in using my invented language. Children are sponges soaking up fascinating experiences and the more fabulous vocabulary we pour into their brains now, the more they will have access to later on when they are writers themselves.
My favorite book was my dear, blue, beat-up Thesaurus. I highlighted and dog-eared pages, referring back to it over the years many times. As a teacher I see a real fascination with new language when I teach creative writing. I had a 2nd grader use the words “palpitate” and “exquisite” in a poem recently. I knew then that I had accomplished something this school year.
Rosemont College Book Festival will be held on May 4th from 10:00 to 4:00.
I will be there with local publisher WragsInk reading some original poetry from the Anthology Philly: Poetry Edition published last year.
The first annual book festival at Rosemont College supports authors, small indie publishers, literary journals and the community of book buyers. In addition to the many wonderful books, there will be panel discussions, small workshops and readings throughout the day.
Registration for table or author chair is now open.
For more info about the festival or to register go to
Writing Up to Children
Here’s a great little article that articulates how I view books and, more importantly, children.
Readers rise to the occasion. It is important that we, as learners, be constantly challenged and exposed to new language. It pushes us to ask questions and discover more about our world. Sometimes I ask myself, “Is that word too hard for a middle grade novel?” Usually, the answer is, “No!” Assume that writers are providing readers with a chance to expand their vocabulary and knowledge.