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Authors and Illustrators share children's book publishing information

It's All About--Summer Writing Prompts

If you’re like me, it can be difficult in the summer to stay motivated and find time to write. My children are out of school, so my daily routine is different. And the lure of vacation, family outings, and the beach sometimes interferes with sitting down at my computer. With that said, I’m always...

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Love, Learning and Board Books

Happy summertime everyone! Even though we’re experiencing June gloom here in L.A., June always marks the beginning of fun in the sun, barbecuing and splashing in the pool to cool down from the heat for me. This year is especially memorable as we welcomed our little baby boy in April. And with the...

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Matchmaking Authors and Illustrators with Crow Spirit plus a short video review

People sometimes wonder how an illustrator is matched with a manuscript. Well, read on dear reader to find out how with a wonderful example and a short video review. Usually the editor selects the illustrator for a manuscript together with an art director, or sometimes on their own. Often the...

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A Feast for the Eyes (and the tummy!)

Every year, I find that the holiday season seems to creep up on me faster each year. I want to slow down and savor the moments, and the amazing food! I am now home after a week long Northern California road trip up to Santa Cruz, a trip we make every year to feast and celebrate Thanksgiving with...

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Mondays with Mira: Ode to an Onion - How to make a biography sing

Mondays with Mira: Ode to an Onion by Alex Giardino and Felicida Salas - Or, How To Make a Biography Sing Hi there, I am in love with this book. It doesn't hurt that it's from a former student, Alexandria Giardino, but regardless it sings and shines with an exquisite...

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Three Wonderful Picture Books About Relationships

Well, it’s the holiday season, one of the most magical times of the year. My magic props have been packed away for the past month or so, meaning I haven’t spent much time practicing. That’s okay though. To me the holidays are a wonderful time to connect (or reconnect) with family and friends....

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It's All About The Little Things

It’s the holiday season, and the hustle and bustle of shopping and preparing for the festivities is in full swing. With just a few days until the new year, I can’t help but look back on the year and be grateful for all the memorable events and magical moments, both big and small. With that in...

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It's Time for Rhyme: Finding Humour Through Picture Book Verse

It's a brand new year, friends, and many of us might be looking at our writing goals for 2019. Mine is improving my rhyming skills, with a view to sharpening the humour in my picture book manuscripts. Before you all gasp in horror, I am aware of the common wisdom that editors are wary of...

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Pssst…Here’s Two Magical Reasons to Give Your Characters a Secret

Inevitably, after I perform a magic trick for someone, the age-old question comes up: “How did you do that?” I usually just smile and fall back on my time-tested answer: “Magic.” This might sound strange, but there’s something about that particular answer that actually pulls people in closer. The...

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Kicking the Winter Blues with Love and Emotion

This winter has been an usually cold and wet one in Los Angeles. For me, the unexpected rains and cooler temperatures are a welcome change, our Earth definitely needs all the replenishment it needs after the scorching summer heat. But I also find myself with the winter blues, cooped up inside...

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