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Belated Thank You to the Students of Gombert Elementary School!

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 to:

Kinsey
Krupa
Lindsey
Maya
Michael!


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!

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I Have Two Articles in the 2016 CWIM!


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. Read More 

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Resources for Great Beginnings Presentation


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.
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