Archive for March, 2008

Spring Break…

We’re in So. Cal for Spring Break. Happy vacationing!

The Hotel del Coronado

Sea World Shamu Believe

Seaworld Map

Writer Mama Jenna Glatzer Featured on Metropolitan Mama

Stephanie over at Metropolitan Mama does a rockin’ good job of combining interviews with giveaways.

Check out her recent interview with writer mama Jenna Glatzer and photo with her cutie-pie baby, Sarina.

Last Chance To Take Pitching Practice at This Price

Pitching Practice: Write Six Queries in Six Weeks
Next Class Begins on April 16th
Prerequisites: Writing and Publishing the Short Stuff and/or Targeting Your Best Writing Markets are  recommended or Permission from Instructor. Contact Christina at writer mama at earthlink dot net.
In this class, pitching is all we do. Over the course of six weeks, we crank out six queries. Exactly the kind of practice you need if you want to get in the habit of landing better-paying assignments. After you write and send six queries, you will never again ask, “What makes a strong query?” You will have developed your own and style into prototypes that you can use over and over to obtain future assignments. And that’s what query writing is about. Not someone else’s formula, but finding your own.
Cost: $175.00
[Last time at this price.]
Register at Writers on the Rise

Can Anyone Relate? A Comic by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Comic by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Comic by Debbie Ridpath Ohi from Inkygirl.com with permission. Please read the re-posting policy prior to posting here.

Three Cheers for Daddies Who Read Bedtime Books Aloud

Three cheers for daddies who read! Not only do daddies who read bedtime stories do something wonderful for their children, they can give moms a much-needed pre-bedtime break to hop online and connect with other moms or read or write!

My husband, I am proud to say, has been reading to my daughter, literally since she was in my belly. Guess whose voice she recognized first immediately after being born?

Yup. Daddy.

At a recent teacher’s conference, Samantha’s teacher mentioned what a good reader she is and that she can “sight read” almost all the kindergarten-level words.

She said she is one of the best readers in the class. [Blush.]

But who gets credit?

That’s right. Daddy.

I once asked my husband, Jason, for his top reading recommendations. This was a couple of years ago and my daughter must have gotten a hold of the paper because it is all torn and crumpled. But I saved it from a certain demise so that I could share the list of books someday.

It turned up while spring cleaning my office and I felt that someday had arrived. So here you go:

Jason’s Top Read-Aloud Books

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Dr. Suess’s ABC by Dr. Suess

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess

Olivia by Ian Falconer

Once Upon a Potty by Alona Frankel

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

Abuela by Arthur Dorros

Franny B. Kranny, There’s a Bird in Your Hair by Harriet Lerner and Susan Goldhor

I’ll ask him for a list of books for older kids next time. What are your favorite read aloud books?

What Will I Recommend Next?

One never knows.

You’ll have to come on over and find out!

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Breaking News: Writersdigest.com Revamp

Hey, good news from Writer’s Digest. They’ve renovated their entire site.

It’s now cleaner, easier to navigate, and more visually appealing. Yum-yum!

And what good taste they have: they’ve even included an interview with yours truly, the writer mama!

In true butt-booting style, my interview’s tag line is: “Get to work! Stop asking if you have what it takes”

That makes me chuckle… 😉

There is definitely some good stuff to check out over there. Have fun perusing!

And this seems like a good time to mention that I’ll be heading to L.A. on Wednesday, May 8th to speak at the upcoming Writer’s Digest/BEA Writer’s Conference.

My topic is: Get Known While You Sleep—A Platform Primer

Last year’s conference was quality. I got to hang out with Jodi Picoult and my glorious agent, Rita Rosenkranz. (You can download videos from last year’s conference at the bottom of this page.)

I’d love to see you in L.A.! Let me know in the comments if you can make it.


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