As some of you may know, I've been blogging for quite a while. But sometimes life gets in the way.
Just over 2 weeks ago, when I was due to post, my sister-in-law died after a really brutal battle against cancer. She had refused traditional treatment and pain killers and despite agonizing pain and being skeletal, was in denial that she was dying until the very end. It was incredibly sad and put me in a bit of a funk. I decided it was OK to miss a post, because I just couldn't deal with writing one. At the same time, it made me reflect on what's really important in life, and as the 12 step saying goes, for me it's really about living a life of sane and happy usefulness.
Because it's so ridiculously hard for so many people to get published, especially those who write quiet, or culturally diverse, or niche books that may not have a huge audience, Jed Alexander and I created the Self and Indie Publishing course, which despite losing money, was a huge success for the students (and us in terms of joy and happiness for the new crop of quality books that will be coming out of the course). Now Jennifer Swanson and I have put together a super helpful series of free short career building trainings starting with this one here which we hope you watch and get a lot out of.
The last free sweet offering that I wanted to share is from my Mondays with Mandy or Mira co-madre, Mandy Yates, who is putting together a picture book pitch party on June 24th on Twitter with the #pbpitch tag. Here is the link for more information about this. Do mark the date on your calendar so that you can take advantage of what could be a truly wonderful opportunity. Fingers crossed. :)
Definitely feeling a little sane and happy useful today. :)
We are so excited to be mixing things up at CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome new bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with Clear Fork/Spork editor/art director, former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhD who is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays will feature the fabulous debut author/illustrator Maggie Brown.
And 5th Mondays will feature a surprise reprise from over nine years of archives.