Mary Kole is now providing consulting and editorial services for writers. Check her out! http://marykole.com/.
I've been impressed with her picture book and MG webinars through Writer's Digest as well as her blog at http://kidlit.com/.
If you are thinking about retaining her, you could take her webinar which includes a critique. Then, you'd get a sense of her editorial style AND learn about craft.
Tara Lazar announced that Picture Book Idea Month is beginning soon -- and you won't want to miss this party. I've never met Tara personally, but after following her blog for a while, I feel I know her quirky little self just a bit. I'm sure the month is going to be filled with helpful guest posts and motivational information. She provides a short list of how to participate on her site here. You know my motto already: Jump in! You'll be glad you did.
A new study supports the idea that reading books as a child posivitely influences brain development. Neuroscientist Martha Farah at the University of Pennsylvania and her colleagues found that "...the level of mental stimulation a child receives in the home at age 4 predicted the thickness of two regions of the cortex in late adolescence, such that more stimulation was associated with a thinner cortex. One region, the lateral inferior temporal gyrus, is involved in complex visual skills such as word recognition." ..."As the brain develops, it produces more synapses, or neuronal connections, than are needed, she explains. Underused connections are later eliminated, and this elimination process, called synaptic pruning, is highly dependent upon experience. The findings suggest that mental stimulation in early life increases the extent to which synaptic pruning occurs in the lateral temporal lobe. Synaptic pruning reduces the volume of tissue in the cortex. This makes the cortex thinner, but it also makes information processing more efficient."
The full article appears here: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/10/books-growing-brain/
Check it out and read a book to a child!
On a blustery October 14th afternoon, a small but enthusiastic group of friends, family, and new supporters helped launch A Warm Winter Tail into the world. We had a short presentation, treats, "Pin the Fox Tail on the Fox" game, a craft project, and signing time. Thanks, everyone, for sharing the moment!
This just hit my inbox from Sylvan Dell Publishing!
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It's October 15th and in Marquette Michigan, snow bits are whizzing around in 20 mph wind. While the busses aren't covered like this photo suggests, soon we'll be watching snow fall in earnest -- and hoping for a snow day!
Winter may come early in Michigan, but the great state counteracts that with many gifts. Debra Diesen is one of them. She's a NYTimes bestelling author (!) for her first picture book (!) -- The Pout-Pout Fish -- which is a already a classic. She hosts a great blog and runs a Michigander Monday series. Guess what? I'm her subject today. Take a peek and say "Hi!" at: http://jumpingthecandlestick.blogspot.com/2012/10/michigander-monday-carrie-pearson.html.
And so ends a blog tour that exceeded my high expectations. Later this week, I'll post a follow up on what I learned and hope it helps you. Thank you for touring with us!
In the future of this blog, I plan to jump start my mentoring series and explore the issue of our emotional core and how it influences writing.
Visit often and let me know what you'd like to talk about! I'm all (slightly frozen) ears.
What's a road trip without a little vehicular malfunction? Could be an engine that gets too hot, an air conditioner that won't cool down, or lug nuts that cling to a wheel like a chimp to his mama's back.
So it makes sense than even our virtual tour experienced a glitch wherein two stops got a little smushed into one day. But hey, that's okay. We're all just in this for the ride and to meet some nice folks along the way. Which we totally have! We've met folks like Wendy Lawrence at http://thefamilythatreadstogether.com/. Her site and blog is an effective resource for caregivers wanting to chose the right book for their child. She offers a nice review of A Warm Winter Tail including this: "...The facts are laced into poetry and the poetry sewn into a kind of a story." Wendy's site is a definite bookmark opportunity.
And we've met Jennifer Rumberger who hosts our tour at her site http://www.jenniferrumberger.com/ on Perfect Picture Book Friday! She's a Michigan gal too and it seems we share the same taste in children's books. She offers a review of A Warm Winter Tail, a short interview, and....DRUM ROLL PLEASE .... the winner of the giveaway! Pop on over to Jennifer's site, see who won, and add her site to your must read list.
On Monday, we'll have one final stop on the tour with New York Times bestselling author, Debra Diesen, at her blog http://jumpingthecandlestick.blogspot.com/(part of her Michigander Monday series). We Michiganders stick together, don't we? :)
So, exit the bus on your right and stretch your legs during this fabulous fall weekend. We'll pick you up bright and early Monday morning...
If you are near Marquette this weekend, we'd love to see you at the official launch of A Warm Winter Tail on Sunday, October 14, 3-4pm, at the Peter White Public Library Common Room. I'll give a short behind the scenes talk, we'll read, have an activity, and enjoy a treat. Books will be available for purchase thanks to Snowbound Books.
Notice that one white-shirted character who is facing the back of the bus when everyone else is facing forward? Were you that person? Maybe looking the other direction meant you saw life differently and maybe you offered the rest of the world a unique perspective. I think Darcy Pattison might have been that character and still is. She looks at writing for children with an effectiveness that moves writers in a positive direction. She's hosting our blog stop today. Click here to visit her site and read my guest post about why revision is so difficult -- from a brain perspective. While you are there, her post about what to get from a critique is well worth your time. Remember to leave a comment so we know you were there and be entered to win A Warm Winter Tail and plush animal.
Carrie Pearson is a children's book author and creator-cheerleader.