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Wednesday, May 18, 2016


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Monday, April 25, 2016

Upcoming Events

May 28 - 11AM
Spellbound Children's Bookshop in Asheville, NC

May 29 - 11AM
Malaprop's in Asheville, NC

June 4 - 11AM
Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, NC

June 11 - 10AM-3PM
Chesapeake Children's Book Festival in Easton, MD

June 18 - 11AM
Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC

August 5 - 10AM
Northshire Books in Saratoga, NY

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Picture Book Mentorship - Thanks for Applying

Dear Future Picture Book Author,

Thanks to everyone who applied for my free picture book writing mentorship. After reading over one-hundred emails and fifty manuscripts, I’ve selected a mentee. I’ll be working for the next six months with Tara Luebbe of South Carolina.

Authors are constantly told—usually after a rejection—that this is a highly subjective industry and it is. (Insert eye roll.) I connected with Tara’s letter and her two sample manuscripts. That doesn’t mean other candidates weren’t just as good or qualified. It’s something I felt in my gut.

Due to my lack of backbone (and some technical glitches), I’m not sending out “rejection” emails to all who applied. I wish everyone the best and thanks for taking the time to write me.  Keep writing, y’all. That’s the only secret to this industry. You just can’t stop.

Warmest regards,

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Dino Files Giveaway

It's finally here! I'm living out my Oprah dream. "You get a book. You get a book! Everyone gets a book!" And by everyone, I mean I am giving 25 autographed copies of The Dino Files: A Mysterious Egg to one lucky classroom.

And there's more...

Along with the 25 copies of The Dino Files, each students will receive a sticker, bookmark, pencil, dino tattoos, mini figure, and a plastic dinosaur egg. The teacher will also receive a $25 gift card to use for snacks (can you say P*A*R*T*Y?). The fun will wrap up with a Skype visit with the author (that's me!).

Anyone over 18 can enter the The Dino Files Giveaway. Teachers, librarians, parents, neighbors, grandparents, anyone. BUT the prize is intended for a classroom. The prize will be delivered by US mail to any school in the USA. (Sorry, I can't include homeschools at this time.)

Questions? Email 
Void where restricted.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Monday, January 11, 2016

(Another) Mentorship Update

I will contact the winner of the mentorship next Thursday or Friday (1/21 or 1/22). Sorry for the delay. I need to focus this week on launching my new book, The Dino Files: The Mysterious Egg.

Thanks for understanding!