Tuesdays for Teachers: “TOO” Cool Copycat Writing

Imitation may be the highest form of flattery, but it’s also a darn good writing tool. I call it “copycat” writing. Educators call it using a “mentor text.” If you’ve read my book LIGHT UP THE NIGHT, you realize that it was patterned after the classic THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT. The structure of the… Read more »

Appearances 2015

1/30/15             Seminole Trails Elementary, West Palm Beach, FL, Skype school visit 2/05/15             Colorado Council International Reading Association Conference, SCBWI Booth, 4-6 P.M. 2/10/15              Institute for Early Learning, Alexandria, VA, Skype conference presentation 2/20/15              Abilene Elementary, Valley Center, KS, Skype School Visit 3/3/15                 Overdale Elementary, Louisville, KY, Skype School Visit 3/26/15             … Read more »

A Holly Jolly Picture Book Peek: Win a Free Critique!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! So for all my writer friends out there I’m holding a HOLLY JOLLY PICTURE BOOK PEEK MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2014 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… Read more »

Ask an Agent Panel

Last night, several top agents held a Twitter Q&A panel. Participants included: Rebecca Sherman, Literary Agent, Writers House Elana Roth, Literary Agent, Caren Johnson Literary Agency Colleen Lindsay, Fine Print Literary Management Sara Kase, Assistant Editor at Sourcebooks See what they had to say here.

For the Love of 49 Words: You say “Purply” and I say “Purpley.”

I couldn’t be more excited about finding TOO PURPLEY! on Amazon. And if you should search on my author name, you’ll see the paperback U.K. version right there next to the U.S. hardcover. Now look closely. The U.K. title is actually TOO PURPLY! That makes me smile. Why? Because my editor spent tons of time… Read more »