I wanted to acknowledge everyone who has taken the time to read and comment on my midgrade historical novel manuscript, EXILE. Their insights have been crucial to the development of this story. A special thank you goes to Oscar A. del Junco for his thorough review and Spanish language corrections. I've been blessed with several readers in the Pedro Pan, Cuban and middle grade communities and within my circle of family and friends. I appreciate all the new friends I've made through this experience and look forward to many more interactions in the future!
Networking Day: Saturday, February 26, 2011 details to be announced. Will be held in Marquette or Houghton.
Spring Conference: Saturday, May 14, 2011. A full day of speakers and workshops with an emphasis on the craft of writing. More details forthcoming on the SCBWI-MI website, http://kidsbooklink.org/.
True to the organizers' word, it was a magical weekend. Despite Marquette being eight hours north of everything, the drive is always worth it the moment I arrive. The speakers, critiques, friends new and old, plus a little time to think only of writing and children's books, all contribute to a successful weekend. Plus, it isn't every day a person wins a magic wand contest (and $50 towards any SCBWI related expense)! If you want to know more about SCBWI national or the Michigan chapter, go to "contacts" above.
Just firmed up a visit schedule with the 4th grade classes at Superior Hills Elementary School in Marquette, MI. Hello Mrs. S. Anderson's class, Mrs. J. Anderson's class, and Mrs. Menhennick's class! I'll see you the last week in October. Since we are heading into our chilly seasons, we'll talk about writing and my story of how animals adapt for the cold weather. See you soon!
The mystery children's book editor at www.dear-editor.com is offering a free picture book edit. The deadline is October 10 so do a final self-edit and submit! Even if you don't win the randomly selected edit opportunity, the site is worth subscribing to via RSS feed.
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