New Beginnings

Jan 2, 2017, a fresh start. There is so much unknown about this new year. Although we do not know what our world has in store for us, for me, the beginning of a new year is always a personal celebration of rebirth and renewal. At this time I can choose how I want to live the next twelve months… Read more →

The Year In Review

It was a frigid January day when I met my writing buddy Joyce Shor Johnson in one of our favorite coffee shops to write. I hadn’t even taken off my coat when she said, “Spill it. You look like you’re about to burst.” And that’s when I shared my idea for this blog. She liked the concept and suggested we… Read more →

Protect Your Writing Time

“As writers, we need to protect our writing time,” author Adi Rule said at Kid Lit Universe/Portsmouth Public Library’s November Author-To-Author talk. She uses an app to keep herself off the internet. “Writing is a job,” she stressed. Rule  grew up in what she called a writing house. Her mother, Rebecca Rule, is an author of adult and children’s books… Read more →

Just In Time For The Holidays

I’m lucky. I have all my Christmas gifts purchased and almost all of them are wrapped. But if you’re looking for a last minute gift, as an author, I recommend books! Among the pile of glimmering gifts under my tree, there are six books and two awesome Harry Potter bookmarks (with film cells laminated into the bookmarks — so cool!)… Read more →

Advocate For Yourself

Even though Rebecca Podos is an industry insider–she’s not only a published young adult author, but also a literary agent with Rees Literary Agency–she said she learned that she would have to advocate for herself when it came time to promote her book, The Mystery Of Hollow Places. Speaking at Kid Lit Universe/Portsmouth Public Library’s September Author-To-Author series, Podos said… Read more →

Social Media: “Build Your Brand Like You’re Running For President”

Author Cara Brookins said not to build your platform on social media at the Can’t You Hear Me Knocking? panel at Bouchercon which was held last month in festive New Orleans. Hold the phone! Don’t build a platform on social media?? What? She said social media platforms can change or disappear and it is wise to direct your readers to… Read more →

What Is R.L. Stine’s Major Flaw As A Writer?

Speaking at Bouchercon last month R.L. Stine said, “My major flaw as a writer is that I love everything I write.” His favorite book from his Goosebumps series is Brain Juice, but he usually answers the question about his favorite book with The Haunted Mask because it more well known. His latest Goosebumps book, The Lizard Of Oz, came out September… Read more →

“Write As If Nobody Wants To Read A Single Word”

I recently attended Bouchercon, a convention that is as much, if not more, for readers as it is for writers of mysteries. Although Bouchercon is heavily weighted toward adult books, there were some offerings designed for children’s literature and I was eager to attend the Young Adult panel, “It Smells Like Teen Spirit,” moderated by Maria Alexander. Panelist B.K. Stevens… Read more →

NH Literary Awards List of Nominees: Children’s Literature!

The finalists for the biennial New Hampshire Literary Awards are going to be announced at the end of this week, but first we wanted to let you know about all the nominees in the category of Outstanding Work of Children’s Literature. Because the awards are given every two years, books eligible for this cycle were published between June 1, 2013… Read more →

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