On Saturday, February 12th at 2pm, I'll be launching my first book, the early reader DUCKS GO VROOM, at Wellesley Booksmith, a fabulous independent bookstore in Wellesley, MA. I'm planning an interactive read-aloud, a presentation on how a book gets made, and delicious duck-related treats, so please join me!
On Monday October 25th at 3:30 PM, I will be a guest of Holliston Public Library's Teen Zone Book Group. You don't have to be a regular member to attend -- all are welcome! I'll talk about the process of writing and publishing for kids in a presentation geared to teens. For more information and location, visit the library's website:
It's become glaringly obvious to me that the life of a (less established anyway) writer is one of waiting. If you're lucky, after a while you'll forget which agents and editors and journals you're waiting to hear from and move on to interesting projects and laundry. Then you'll be able to have the experience of opening your inbox and receiving a lovely surprise, as I did last week when I discovered that my picture book manuscript, entitled "Something at the Hill," is a runner-up for the Katherine Paterson Prize for Children's and YA Writing, awarded by Hunger Mountain, the journal of the Vermont College of Fine Arts and their guest judge Holly Black. I'm very honored to have been chosen and will post a link when the story is published online in the January 2011 issue of the magazine. Until then you can check out the excellent essays and fiction in this month's issue: http://www.hungermtn.org.
On Wednesday, September 22nd, Wellesley Booksmith will be hosting an all day Educators Appreciation Day, complete with discounts, free stuff, raffles, refreshments, and expert books talks for teachers and librarians.
I will be at the store for the 3:30 pm elementary school talk and the 4:30 pm middle school talk to discuss my upcoming books and school visits. Please stop by!
Wellesley Booksmith is located at 82 Central Street in Wellesley, MA.
Throughout the process of having my first book bought and published, it has perhaps never felt as real as when it appeared online as a "real" book you can pre-order from sites like Amazon and IndieBound.