January 11, 2021

Every year we get all kinds of holiday and Christmas cards ––I bet you get them too––you know the ones with pictures of beautifully perfect families? There isn’t any gum stuck in Susie’s hair and you can hardly see where baby brother so helpfully cut it out, the dog is sitting quietly and not peeing…

January 10, 2021

When Linda Sue Park won the Newbery for A Single Shard she received the medal, as medalists do, at the annual ALA (American Library Association) conference. Her acceptance speech was so moving that many in the audience ended up sniffling. It was Father’s Day, and she gave her medal to her father as a Father’s…

September 3, 2019

Once and a while I get requests from teachers about how they can apply for grants in order to afford an author visit. I’m not an expert on this topic, but I do know many teachers do this in order to afford the special and educational experience for students. My feeling is that the kids…

November 27, 2017

Emma Dryden said, “Every writer should be using this tool!” You know, Emma Dryden! Emma’s Founder & Principal of drydenbks and former Vice President, Publisher of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and she was talking about my guide, the #1 Amazon bestseller,  How to Promote Your Children’s Book   It has 158 reviews on Amazon––142 are…

April 15, 2017

At first I was going to entitle this post, “Shame. Guilt.” Then I thought, “Nah. I’m giving myself a break.” I hope you will too. Boy, have I neglected my site, or what? Why? Because Jerry and I took over here. The Institute for Writers and its sister school, the almost 50-year-old Institute of Children’s…

March 11, 2016

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #247 Snappsy the Alligator Did Not Ask for Brain Burps to End An Interview with Debut Author Julie Falatko Announcements This is the last Brain Burps About Books Podcast episode! But I’ll be back! The Write a Kid’s Book podcast will focus solely on the craft of writing, with timely…

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