April 20, 2020

One of the ways I've been handling being on lockdown during the COVID pandemic is by going outside at least once per day. Most days, around work and distance learning hours, my family and I kick around a ball or garden in our backyard, take long nature walks around our...

March 31, 2020

Welp, I had grand plans of posting a new picture book review more than once per week. But alas! Homeschooling, freelance editing, children's book writing, cooking, cleaning (and gardening!), eating and sleeping have taken up most of my time. 

 I made this bread...and th...

March 24, 2020

Hi, everyone! Happy what-day-is-it?

As I mentioned here last week, I placed an order to my local independent bookstore, in order to: 

a) stock up on picture books before I wasn't able to leave the house for long (which, now in the UK, we're not)

b) support my local i...

February 10, 2020

Happy almost Valentine's Day, #kidlit lovers! Whether you celebrate this "holiday" or not, I want to tell you about something I really love:

Photo by Aung Soe Min on Unsplash

Self-publishing projects!

  • Yes, I have worked in "traditional" children's book publishing for...

July 17, 2019

A lot of discussion goes on in the #kidlit world about the all-important Query Letter. Do editors and agents even read them? How do I format one? Should I mention that I follow this editor on Twitter? Do I say how much I like the other books on their list? How personal...

July 30, 2018

Oh my, friends! What a summer it has been so far.

We're hitting the beach. We're spending time with friends and family. We're doing math exercises. We're eating too much ice cream (is that even a thing?). We're going to museums. I'm writing up a storm. And we're READING...

October 31, 2017

NB: my intention as an editor is never to be mean. But I do strive to be tough. My author clients come to me for answers they can't get from their peers or critique groups; they rely on me for a professional opinion. And business is tough—yes, even the children's book...

October 18, 2017

Your eyes flutter open as the sun's orange rays peek through the slats between the window's blinds. Man, it's too early to be awake, your brain tells your sleepy body. You breathe deep. Wiggle your toes and fingers. Creak-crack go the joints. A tiny thought floats into...

October 10, 2017

 #kidlitbot mascot and logo created by children's book illustrator Mike Ciccotello

The hilarious and talented children's book author, Tara Lazar, was so kind to feature me on her blog this week! And what am I guest blogging about over there, you ask? Something I dr...

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