July has arrived, with all her sweltering heat and mighty mosquitoes. As a family, this is often the month where we take a collective sigh and settle in for the second half of summer. School starts in early August in these parts, so this is our calm before the school year storm. As a writer, my month will be full and fun… here’s a little of what I have going on.
- WOW Nonficpic (July 10-14) is an online seminar on writing non-fiction picture books hosted by Children’s Author, Kristen Fulton. I’m a history buff, and a science nerd so the thought of expanding my writing skill set to include non-fiction books is very exciting. For more info, http://www.kristenfulton.org/
- I’m working on an author interview series that will begin here, on Magnolias and Manuscripts next month. I’m not ready to discuss all the nitty gritty details yet, but it will involve debut picture book authors and it’s going to be great! Stay tuned!
- #PBHOT62 (http://www.renatraxel.com/literacy–art/summer-reading-challenge-for-picture-book-writers) is an exciting opportunity that I signed up for, but I think I bit off more than I can chew. Rena Traxel, librarian and children’s writer put together a fun and interactive challenge to encourage picture book writers to read more picture books. Each day, for the next 62, participants will post pictures of themselves from her list of suggestions, reading a different picture book. I thought it would fit in nicely with our #100PictureBookSummer, but I just don’t know that I can manage 62 posts, because…. drumroll….
- The most exciting thing going on for me this month… I’ve been asked to be a part of a book launch team! I mentioned Randi Mrvos in an earlier post, she’s been a kind and generous mentor for me and I’m very excited to return the favor and help to introduce the world to her ‘Maggie’. If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter or are a Facebook friend of mine, you’ll see daily posts starting tomorrow to help spread the word about her book debut which happens this August. (I even get an ARC to review! You’ll definitely hear more about that here.) To learn more about Maggie check out her journey at http://themaggieproject.blogspot.com/
Blame it on the heat… or the holiday, but that’s all I have for today. I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Independence Day. Here’s to the land of the free, home of the brave.
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