When Laura Backes, publisher of Children's Book Insider (CBI) Newsletter, co-founder of the popular CBI Clubhouse website, former editor at several houses including Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and current freelance editor asked if I'd be interested in doing an interview for an article spotlighting CBI members with debut picture books, I calmly typed, "Sure. I think I could do that" and then screeched a little bit. Laura professionally critiqued two of my early manuscripts (oh, how embarrassing) and I've always admired her style. The interview and full article in the December 2011 issue can be seen here: http://cbiclubhouse.com/.
This website and CBI Newsletter are incredible resources for people in the children's book community and I encourage you to check them out and sign up. Quickly.
Carrie Pearson is a children's book author and creator-cheerleader.