TOO PURPLEY! On Sale Today!!

I can’t believe it. TOO PURPLEY! is on bookstore shelves and shipping from online sellers. Yesterday, I stopped by my neighborhood Barnes & Noble and it was already out. SQUEEEEEE! I’m so grateful for the wonderful reviews TOO PURPLEY! has collected. You can read them on my TOO PURPLEY! page and in my Media Kit…. Read more »

I’m Having a TOO PURPLEY! Party!!

I’m having a party!!!TOO PURPLEY! ONLINE OPEN HOUSEWhen: 1/25-1/31, 2010Where: www.jeanreidy.comWho: Anyone who loves children’s booksWhat: Party favors, Door prizes, games, videos and more!! Teachers/Librarians – win a 30 minute Skype author visit or The Grand Prize TOO PURPLEY! Package. Authors – win a Picture Book Peek Critique Please help me spread the word. If… Read more »

Pay it Forward Friday – Shannon Caster

When my boys were young, they were experts in the non-fiction section of the library.“Tornadoes are over here!”“Dinosaurs are over here!”“I found MONSTERS OF THE DEEP!” That’s why my shout out this week goes to my good friend and critique buddy, Shannon Caster. Shannon writes the articles and books that make curious kids race to… Read more »

Happy Birthday, Molly!!

I can’t believe my baby is 17 today. This one’s for you Miss Molly. Life With a Party Girl By Jean Reidy (originally published in FamilyFun August 2003) “Mom, if I have the ‘Winter Beach Bash’ birthday party, can my friends still sleep over?” Molly, my nine-year-old, asks. “Huh?” I’m studying the pantry shelves hoping… Read more »

What They Want: Editors Chiming In

Hear it straight from the horse’s mouth: Top 10 questions Dutton Editors ask Themselves When Looking at a ManuscriptA Diamond in the Slush: What Picture Book Editors Are Really Looking For

How is a Picture Book Like a Golf Swing?

One of my favorite golf pros practiced simplicity in his instruction. Rather than giving me twenty-minutes of pointers to think about during my five-second swing, he’d address just a few. One of his more memorable lessons was when he placed me in perfect body position at address, then backswing, then finish. He had me hold… Read more »

Scones and Sensibility Release Day!!

YIPPEE! IT’S FINALLY HERE. Join the adventures of middle-grade matchmaker Polly in this fun and funny new novel written by my darling critique buddy, Lindsay Eland. SCONES AND SENSIBILITY is available TODAY – just in time for those lucky girls on your Christmas list. Read about the sweet and talented author, Lindsay Jo Eland.Then read… Read more »

Agent Appreciation Day: Erin Murphy

Top 10 reasons why I love my agent: 10. She represents picture book authors.9. She’s a hands-on, editorial agent. Nothing goes out until it’s perfect.8. She loves my projects – not all, but most.7. She gently nudges me in the best direction for my career.6. She responds to my e-mails by the end of the… Read more »