Rosa didn't know which she hated more--being lonely or being different. One thing she did know--she wanted a baby brother . . . one just like Antonio.
To read an excerpt from the novel, click here
For a list of discussion questions, click here.
The new edition of Rosa, Sola
is now available, and includes a new "Discussion Questions" section for classroom use. The paperback can be ordered directly here
, and from most online booksellers. The Kindle version is available from Amazon
, and the Nook version is at BN.com
Two Articles in the book below
Carmela's two articles appears in the 2016 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market
edited by Chuck Sambuchino (Writer's Digest Books).
Short Story in Anthology
Short story in I Fooled You: Ten Stories of Tricks, Jokes, and Switcheroos
, a middle-grade anthology edited by Johanna Hurwitz. See the teacher's guide here
Poem in And the Crowd Goes Wild! A Global Gathering of Sports Poems
edited by Carol-Ann Hoyte and Heidi Bee Roemer, a collection of 50 sports poems by writers from 10 countries.
Poem in Anthology
In Chicken Soup for the Soup: Teens Talk High School
edited by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Amy Newmark, & Madeline Clapps
For Recommended Reading for Children and Teens click below:
October 24, 2016
This post is for students of the fall 2016 session of my COD "Finding Your Writer's Voice" class.
To read winners of the Writer's Digest Photo Prompt contest, see this page. Remember: these are polished manuscripts--don't compare them to your freewrite story.
For info about the COD Writers at Work group see this website.
To learn about Waterline Writers, a group that meets monthly in Batavia, IL, see this website.
For an interesting article on the question of "Do I have writing talent?," see the Writer Unboxed website.
I invite you to sign up for my e-newsletter in the right sidebar on the News page. If you do, be sure to watch for a confirmation e-mail in your inbox--it may end up in your SPAM folder. You MUST click on the link in that e-mail to activate your subscription.
No matter what, I hope you'll keep writing!
October 20, 2016
Me, presenting "Coping with Your Inner Critic" at the Catholic Writers Guild Conference in July, 2016
The Goodreads giveaway of the revised edition of Rosa, Sola was a great success, with over 600 entries! I mailed off the three copies this morning. I hope the winners enjoy the novel.
In honor of the new release of Rosa, Sola, I was interviewed for the VCFA Launchpad blog--they asked lots of questions about how the story came to be written and published. You can see the post here.
Also, today, Barb Grady Szyszkiewicz posted a lovely review of the novel at CatholicMom.com. She included some great character interview questions at the end of the review. I hope you'll head over to read the responses.
Rosa, Sola is included in the SCBWI Book Blast campaign. You can watch a brief video there of me discussing the book . While you're there, I hope you'll sign the guest book and click the "like" button for a fun surprise. (Caution: don't have your volume too loud!) Also, check out the
Fans of SCBWI Facebook page for fun Book Blast-related giveaways, including a chance to win copies of your favorite books.
I forgot to mention in my last post that I gave a presentation on "Coping with Your Inner Critic at the Catholic Writer's Guild live conference in July. I'll be repeating the presentation for the online conference in February, 2017. For more information, see the conference website.
October 4, 2016
The Goodreads giveaway of the revised edition of Rosa, Sola ends tomorrow. If you haven't entered yet, you'll want to go to this Goodreads page and do so now.
Also, I'll be presenting a one-day workshop, "Great Beginnings: Hook Readers and Keep Them Turning the Pages," at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, IL at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 27. Registration is required, and begins October 6. Watch my Facebook page for details, or go to the library's website.
September 6, 2016
The revised edition of Rosa, Sola is now available, and includes a new "Discussion Questions" section for classroom use. The paperback can be ordered directly here, and from most online booksellers. The Kindle version is available from Amazon, and the Nook version is at BN.com!
I'm also sponsoring a Goodreads Giveaway! See below for details.
May 19, 2016
I want to thank the terrific group of beta readers from Gombert Elementary School in Aurora, Illinois for their feedback on my work-in-progress. Their sharp eyes caught several typos and other issues adult beta readers missed!
So a big THANK YOU
I meant to express my thanks sooner, but I've been busily revising the manuscript based on your insightful comments and plan to start submitting it again soon.
Thanks also to librarian-extraordinaire, Gayl Smith
, who put me in touch with these great readers. I'll keep Ms. Smith posted about my progress in finding a publisher for the story. You can also check back on this page for future updates.
Hope you all have a wonderful summer!
September 17, 2015
I'm pleased to announce that I have not only one, but TWO, articles in the 2016 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market edited by Chuck Sambuchino (Writer's Digest Books), the "most trusted guide to the world of children's book publishing." The book releases on Monday, September 21, 2015. See the link in the left sidebar for more information about the two articles.
October 2, 2013
Here are links to the online resources I'll be sharing at the Ela Public Library presentation, "Great Beginnings: How to Hook Readers and Keep Them Turning the Pages"
on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013
* Writer's Digest
magazine Jan, 2011 article by Elizabeth Sims, "8 Ways to Write a 5-Star Chapter One."
* Article by Bharti Kirchner in The Writer
, Dec. 2010, “The Pleasures and Perils of Prologues ."
Blog posts by former literary agent Mary Kole, who is also the author of Writing Irresistible Kidlit
(Writer’s Digest Books):
• “The Promise of the Novel."
• “First Lines ."
• “Fix Your Beginning."
If you have any questions about the presentation, you can post them as a comment below or email me via the "Contact" page of this blog.
October 2, 2012
My poem, "At the Chicago Marathon," is one of 50 sports-themed poems in And the Crowd Goes Wild! A Global Gathering of Sports Poems
edited by Carol-Ann Hoyte and Heidi Bee Roemer. I'll be one of six poets celebrating the book's release with editor Heidi Roemer at Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 7 pm.
The official flyer announcing the event is shown at right.
Hope you'll join us. Children ages 6-12 are especially welcome!
For more information, see the listing for the "Heidi Roemer and Friends" event at the
Anderson's Bookshop website
June 5, 2011
Well, it's now 9 pm Sunday, the end of my 48-hour book challenge. Today I finished reading my friend's young adult historical novel work-in-progress that I blogged about yesterday. Then I began The Name of the Rose, an adult novel by Umberto Eco. Both are quite different from Melvin Beederman Superhero: The Curse of the Bologna Sandwich, the book I began the Challenge reading. :-)
Today I read for a total of 5 hours. Adding that to my previous total of 8 hours, 45 minutes, gives me a total of 13 hours, 45 minutes. [That includes about 60-90 minutes spent blogging and reading a few blog posts. If I do this again next year, I'll know to track my blog-related reading more carefully. This year, I simply noted my stopping and starting times without differentiating time spent online. But I was careful to limit my online time.] I don't believe I've ever spent that much time reading fiction in one 48-hour period, except perhaps in my college days.
This has been a most interesting, and fun, experience.
June 4, 2011
Stopping for tonight. I managed 7 hours and 30 minutes today. Add that to yesterday's 1 hour, 15 minutes and I'm up to a total of 8 hours 45 minutes so far. All of today's reading was a historical young adult novel set in the 1930s. It's a work-in-progress I'm critiquing for a friend. I'm almost at the end, but my eyes are getting tomorrow. I hope to finish it tomorrow.
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