Monday, January 25, 2010

A GROOVY SALE!

My agent just informed me that Albert Whitman & Company has made an offer on my manuscript, THE REALLY GROOVY STORY OF THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE. We accepted it. This was a manuscript I had mentally "shelved" and had almost entirely wiped from my mind. How exciting that I'll get to see it in print! I've heard that Albert Whitman is a fabulous publishing house to work with and that they tend to keep their books in print for a long time. GROOOOOOVY!

I'm going to have a busy year. I've got a number of school visits set-up each month. I'll also be presenting at the UVU Forum on Children's Literature in March, and am on the faculty of the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Workshop which will be held at the Waterford School this year in Sandy, Utah. This is very exciting for me, considering the fact that I came to that workshop in 2001 as an unpublished writer. Because of the advice I received and the connections I made, I was able to get an agent. Now five books later, I'm absolutely delighted to return as a faculty member. I hope to offer all the tips, techniques, advice, encouragement, and connections possible to move the students in my class closer to publication. And we're gonna have a LOT OF FUN! Trust me. Oh yeah, that's right. Uh-huh.

If you'd like to sign up for my class, I'd be thrilled to have you! The website is:

http://foryoungreaders.com/facultybios.html

Check out the faculty bios and then go to "register." You'll find me in the "Picture Book Workshops" box, but you'll need to press the arrow on the drop down menu in the box to highlight my name.

The cost is expensive, I know. That's what I thought when I first signed up. But the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Workshop is the vehicle I needed to get my work in front of the right people. And I know a number of other authors who are published today due to their attendance. This is a workshop that will put you amidst editors and agents, published authors, and many other writers. It's a jump start to your writing career. Of course there are no guarantees, but if you're serious about getting published, it will be worth EVERY PENNY you spend. It certainly was for me!

I hope to see you there.