Thursday, January 6, 2022

Pitch, Synopsis or Blurb? Stef knows!


Whenever I write a new PB I always also draft a little blurb to go along with the story. I do this even when my mansucripts are very, very rough because it helps me focus on my main idea. I am easily distracted and will often - SQUIRREL! Oh yea, and just like the main story, my blurb gets edited over and over again. 

Since drafting blurbs (and pitches and synopsis) is one of my favorite author "hacks" for creating a strong MS, I was thrilled to come across the following blog post by author Stef Gemmill. She brilliantly explains the difference between these itty bitty - but oh so important - word piles.

Saturday, December 4, 2021



Pros and Cons, word counts, pagination, teminology, format, story, charcters - it's all covered in this superb overview of writing picture books by author Allison Hughes. So stop reading my post, and check out this one!

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Feelin' Farmy...

When people ask me if my daughters' inpspire my writing... heck ya they do!


Monday, October 4, 2021

I am Not Good at Waiting


My amazing agent and friend Kathleen posted a link to a great article about kidlit during (stupid) COVID. The take away is that we all need to be patient. I am trying... and reading this insightful analysis helped. A little anyway. So fellow toe-tapping, inbox-checking folks like me should take note...

Kidlit During COVID

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

I Love Summer but...


My kids go back to school in mid August. Not that I'm counting the days or anything. Which prompted me to post this list of clever books: 

Back To School Books

Tuesday, March 23, 2021



And if you want to hear two HILARIOUS comedians read MIND YOUR MONSTERS aloud - complete with clever commentary and  jazzy music, open the link and click on the giant pink mutant octopus, or enter the title into the search box. Then PLEASE check out more of their awesome videos! :