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Giveaway update

Apologies for the long delay in posts. A lot has been going on and I’m making some changes in my life that have temporarily kept me away from the blog and my writing. Three winners were chosen in May but … Continue reading

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Giveaways for writers of all ages!

April is National Poetry Month so it seemed only fitting that to win this month’s giveaways (did you notice the plural?!–giveaways, not giveaway), that you write a poem. It need only be a couplet or a haiku, but it can … Continue reading

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March Giveaway

I’ve just chosen the winner for the February giveaway, and it’s Eszter Molnar. Congratulations, Eszter! And thank you to everyone who participated! It was a tough decision. If you want to read the entries for the first line contest, they … Continue reading

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February Giveaway

Another month, another giveaway! But first, if you’re wondering who won the lucky draw for the waterproof notebook and smart bracelet last month, it was Jenny S. This month I thought we’d try a skill comp. One of the suggestions … Continue reading

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Cover Reveal and Another Giveaway!

Today I’m revealing the cover of my forthcoming book, MOTOR GOOSE (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, July 2017) over at Lynne Marie’s My Word Playground. If you’d like to see the cover, read the interview, and/or be in with the chance of … Continue reading

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A Year of Giveaways!

I love competitions! It all started when I was in elementary school and my mother made me enter a Daughters’ of the American Revolution (DAR) writing contest. Although I enjoyed writing songs and poems at that age, the idea of … Continue reading

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Query Letter Critique Winners

Christmas is nearly here and it’s time to give out presents–or in my case, prizes! Earlier today I drew the names of the two lucky winners of my Christmas is Coming Query Letter Critique Competition. The winners are Linda H … Continue reading

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Our Christmas Gingerbread Cottage

Today I decided to take a break from my usual creative outlet of writing and do something equally creative but a lot more challenging for me–help the children make the annual gingerbread cottage. We create a gingerbread house every year, … Continue reading

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The “Christmas is Coming” Query Critique Giveaway

The holiday season is here and by way of spreading good cheer, I’m offering two picture book writers a free query letter critique. The giveaway is open worldwide to both published and pre-published picture book writers. All you need to … Continue reading

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Which is more important–your query letter or your manuscript?

Well, that’s easy. Your manuscript, right? Not necessarily. By way of answering that question, I want to share a story with you about my experience writing query letters. The excerpt below was taken from a blog post I wrote on … Continue reading

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