Why has the Romp been quiet?

Because I have another blog commanding my attention until 2/29/12.

That’s the TOO PRINCESSY! Boredom Buster Blog.
Stop on by.
Get ideas.
Send ideas.
Be entered to win prizes!
It’s as simple as that.

Then in March, I’ll be back to posting here. And the first post will be a bit of rhyming picture book advice from the last Picture Book Peek Week.

See you then, if not sooner over at the other blog.


TOO PRINCESSY! is out and “pinking up” bookstore and library shelves everywhere. 

Bright colors and high visual energy match the quick verse … observers will be tickled that as hard as this girl clings to her indefatigable determination to be bored, she’s actually having a quite a romp … and kids will want re-reads.”   Kirkus

Now that’s something to celebrate!

So  I’m holding a

Win a free critique of a selected picture book manuscript. 

Here’s how it works:

Sign up for a critique by entering your picture book WORKING TITLE in the comment section of this blog post anytime (midnight to midnight Mountain Time) on February 6th. Titles submitted before or after February 6th will not be considered.

I’ll throw all titles into a hat and pick 1 for critique.

Keep in mind:
* Manuscripts must be 1000 words or less.

* I accept only fiction.

* Please understand that I’m not an editor and will not be providing line-editing of your work. My critique will be comprised of suggestions for improving your manuscript. So please send me your most polished piece.

* The critique winner must e-mail me his/her manuscript as a Word attachment within 48 hours of the announcement . Manuscripts will be kept completely confidential. When I receive the manuscript, I’ll let the author know when they can expect my critique.

* As with any art form, likes and dislikes are entirely subjective. Please understand that my critiques are only one reader’s/writer’s opinion. It’s always wise to seek feedback from a few different readers. If my ideas resonate with you, they’re yours to use. If you disagree, I encourage you to compare my comments with those of other readers. But in the end, it’s your book. Stay true to your vision.

I look forward to reading your work.

P.S. And don’t forget to check out  TOO PRINCESSY!  right here!

“Jean’s critique played a direct role in getting me an agent. What more can I say? She’s an invaluable resource for kidlit writers.”
Tara Lazar, author of THE MONSTORE 
coming soon from Aladdin/Simon & Schuster 2013

What’s Happening With the Princess?

TOO PRINCESSY! is now available! And we’ve been celebrating all week. Wanna join the party? Here’s how: 

* I’m giving away an autographed copy on Goodreads. Just a click to enter. What could be easier?The giveaway ends on 1/31. So  don’t delay. Enter today!

* The TOO PRINCESSY Boredom Buster Blog is up and running. Stop on by for a dose of cabin fever creativity. Or even better, send me your ideas for a chance to win some terrific prizes.

* The Princess has her very own hashtag. And you can follow all her antics or add your own comments using #tiarafail on Twitter.

* Check out these great early reviews for TOO PRINCESSY! HOORAY!

* Are you attending ALA Midwinter this week? Stop by Bloomsbury Walker Booth #1506 for a possible Princess siting.You never know where she’ll turn up.

* I’ll be presenting at the CCIRA conference on literacy in Colorado and signing books at the RMC-SCBWI Booth. Sign up for session #410 (THINK DOOR PRIZES!!!) on 2/3 from 1:30-2:30 or stop by  the RMC-SCBWI booth #73 from 2:30-4:30. I’d love to meet you.

* Scholastic Book Clubs will be carrying TOO PRINCESSY! discounted and in paperback in their Fall 2012 line up. So now all school kids will have an opportunity to own a copy.

* Do you need autographed bookplates? E-mail me and I’ll be happy to put those in the mail.

* I’m hosting a PRINCESSY PICTURE BOOK PEEK (That’s # 13) right here on this blog on February 6th. The details will be coming soon. So get those fiction picture books ready. You could win a free critique.

* Teachers, caregivers and parents – you’ll love the TOO PRINCESSY! activities/curriculum guide matched to learning standards. 

* TOO PRINCESSY! releases in the U.K. in February. We’ll have lots more news if Princess Kate picks up a copy!


* If you don’t see TOO PRINCESSY! on the shelf, remember to ask for it. Your bookseller or librarian will be happy to order it for you.

TOO PRINCESSY! Boredom Buster Blog

It’s that cabin-fever time of year. What do you do with your kids when boredom sets in?
In the spirit of the cabin-fevered kid in my latest picture book  
I’m hosting a Boredom Buster Blog – chock full of ideas from parents, teachers, caregivers, babysitters and other folks like you.
Send me your best ideas and be entered to win one of
5 wonderful prizes. 
Then everyday from January 17th until we run out, I’ll post a new idea for you to use and enjoy.
Submit your best boredom busting ideas on my
Boredom Buster Blog Entry Form
You can submit more than one idea, but please fill out a new form for each.
For every idea you submit before January 15th, you’ll be entered 5 times in the drawing for prizes. For every idea submitted  after January 15th, you’ll be entered once.
Here’s what you can win:

1 GRAND PRIZETOO PRINCESSY! T-shirt, Bag and 3 Autographed Books (TOO PRINCESSY!, TOO PURPLEY!, TOO PICKLEY!) plus a $100 gift card to the bookseller of your choice (Amazon, B&N, Indiebound)

4 FIRST PRIZES – Autographed copy of TOO PRINCESSY!
Remember, if you’d like to submit an idea, it’s easy. Just fill out my 
That’s the only way to be entered into the drawing on February 29th!
So don’t let cabin fever drive you crazy, stop by, have fun and remember one of the best boredom busting ideas of all – cuddling up with a great book. When you do, I hope you’ll check out
available at your favorite bookstore starting January 17th! If you’ve already purchased your copy, let me know and I”ll send you FREE autographed bookplates!
Happy Winter!

Some Happy Holiday News About LIGHT UP THE LIBRARY

Okay I promised you some really exciting news about LIGHT UP THE LIBRARY and here it is.

We not only met our goal for LIBRARIES FOR LIFE – PEACE CORPS UGANDA but we’re joining forces with another Books for Africa Uganda project called MORE THAN PAGES. Together we have the necessary funding to now send a 40 FOOT CONTAINER of books to Uganda. That’s right – double what we previously planned. I am overjoyed and as always so, so grateful for the generous support of my family and friends. This certainly is a blessed holiday season!


And finally if you’d like to learn more about Light Up the Night, maybe buy a copy and receive an autographed book plate CLICK HERE!

Happy Holidays and I’ll see you back here in the New Year!

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