Tag: Children’s Literature

She cooks! She cleans! She writes and illustrates books!

The title of this blog post is adapted from writer/illustrator Joann Adinolfi’s blog, “She cooks! She cleans! She blogs!” This talented artist’s latest book will be published soon (we’ll tell you all about it here once it is out) and she recently illustrated The Little Tree, which came out late last year. You can read about The Little Tree, written… Read more →

An Evening with a Legend: Judy Blume

Joyce, Tammi J. Truax and I were lucky to get tickets to see prolific author Judy Blume recently when she was interviewed by New Hampshire Public Radio‘s Virginia Prescott for the ongoing series, “Writers On A New England Stage.” Tammi was kind enough to share her thoughts on the evening: Judy Blume is one of my heroes; seeing her in… Read more →

From Book Buyer to Book Creator

Denise Ortakales (pronounced or-ta-KEL-lis, like Ellis Island) started buying children’s books long before she had her first baby—great research for a future children’s book author/illustrator. When she was pregnant with her second son, she discovered a book that had significant impact on her life and career. Paper Sculpture: A Step-By-Step Guide by Kathleen Ziegler and Nick Greco set her on… Read more →

New Book! The Mystery Of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos

When I first met Rebecca Podos it was in her capacity as a literary agent for the Rees Literary Agency. I was the organizer of a writers conference in 2014 and contacted Rebecca to conduct pitch sessions and do manuscript critiques for our attendees. She made a favorable impression on me — her bubbly personality and approachability put our writers… Read more →

Author-To-Author Series – June 2016

Denise Ortakales is Co-Illustrator Coordinator for NESCBWI.   She has illustrated five picture books in her unique sculpted-paper style, including Good Morning, Garden by Barbara Brenner, and she has written one, The Legend of the Old Man of the Mountain, published by Sleeping Bear Press. She has also created many illustrations for children’s magazine. She lives with her family in… Read more →

How To Build A Writing Community

Everyone has heard that writing is a lonely pursuit. And there are times when this is very true. But I have also found I can build my own universe full of other of writers and illustrators, creative and encouraging critique partners, masters of revision, and more importantly, establish deep friendships that nurture me and help me thrive. This allows me… Read more →

Next Author-To-Author Talk on June 8

Author/Illustrator Denise Ortakales will be the featured speaker at the upcoming Author-To-Author Talk in the Levenson Community Room at the Portsmouth Public Library (175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth NH 03801) on Wednesday, June 8th at 10 a.m. Denise will speak for the first hour and then take questions from the audience. The talk is free and open to anyone interested in… Read more →

KidLit Universe Author Series

KidLit Universe and Portsmouth Public Library, present the all new Children’s Writer Author-to-Author series. Our first guest is Ammi-Joan Paquette speaking on the topic of being an agent and an author. Her bio: Ammi-Joan Paquette is the author of the Princess Juniper series, for which book #2, Princess Juniper of the Anju is newly out this year. Her other books… Read more →

Derry Author Fest: The Writer’s Toolbox

Attentive. That would be my description of the audience at the second annual Author Fest held last Saturday at the Derry Public Library. Organized by children’s book author and librarian, Erin E. Moulton, the theme for the day was “The Writer’s Toolbox.” I was there to facilitate a roundtable discussion on mystery writing but was able to catch two other… Read more →

Author to Author Series

Portsmouth Public Library and Kit Lit Universe Present The Author-To-Author Series Children’s literature from picture books to young adult WHERE: Portsmouth Public Library 175 Parrott Ave Portsmouth, NH, 03801 Learn from professionals as you navigate the jungle of book publishing in today’s market. It doesn’t matter where you are in your writing career, whether you’re in the thinking stage, pre-published,… Read more →

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