More news from ILA

Hi everyone,

I mentioned the other day that the all day institute proposal to ILA for October this year has been accepted. Now the presentation proposal for Laura Robb, her son Evan Robb, and me has also been accepted. The good news is I’m on two programs. The bad news is I’ll have to prepare for two presentations. But I’m thrilled to have this kind of problem. The name of the second program is, “Poetry: A Surefire Way to Build a Love of Language and Improve Reading Comprehension Among Striving Readers.”

Change of plans

Hi everyone,

My priorities have shifted after a conference call yesterday with my co-author Laura Robb and our editor at Corwin, Tori Bachman. We now have our final marching orders straight and a firm deadline of February 7 to finish our manuscript. For me that means three more poems and two 500-word essays, each on a different subject. Between now and 2/7 I’ll have some travel time and other commitments so the schedule I made two days ago is no longer possible. To tell the truth, I haven’t written one word in the last two days anyway because of other work that popped up, not the least of which has involved long exchanges with my new agent about setting priorities for what goes out next and for future work to submit. I know this isn’t very exciting news but for now it’s all I’ve got.

The search is over

Hi everyone,

I’m delighted to say that yesterday I made my choice and signed with a new agent. We have a follow-up call set for Thursday so I’m going to wait to make the official announcement and tell you who it is after that. For now, I have a lot of new forms to complete.

Thanks again to everyone who helped me choose the new picture for my website. The winner is me on the sofa with my arms folded. I’ve asked Kathy Temean to make the change. I very much appreciated all your sweet comments along with your preferences. Wow!

Yesterday I finished (and sent off to my new agent) a new collection of poems. It’s different from anything I’ve done or have seen in the market and I’m pleased with it.

Today I think I’ll fill out forms and, if time permits, get back to revising the middle grade novel I’ve been working on over the past three years.

I don’t know when I’m going to get to some of the other ideas in my head. I still need to finish the book with Laura Robb but we’re waiting for word from our editor before I go ahead with that one. And Mary Jo Fresch and I continue to wait to hear from the editor for our project.

Making it work

Hi everyone,

It’s all about timing — and luck of course. Mary Jo Fresch and I have worked for months to finish our manuscript and send it off to our editor for review. If it comes back with tweak requests, we’ll deal with that when the time comes. For now, we can take a break.

At this time I’m working with Laura Robb on our book and we’re about ready with the first three chapters. I hope to read over what we have this weekend or Monday for sure. Once we send those chapters off for review, I’ll work to finish my parts of the next chapter so Laura can develop hers. Etc.

In the meantime I’m doing what I can to peck away at a new poetry collection of my own. In another week or so I hope to have enough to share with my editor for that.

Gotta keep those pie plates up there spinning!

What’s on tap for this week

Hi everyone,

Mary Jo Fresch and I are wrapping up our book and will send it off to our editor at NCTE by the 15th. Laura Robb and I have now signed our contract with Corwin and are about to send our editor there the first three chapters for her review. This week I’ll be working on Chapter 4.

But that doesn’t mean it’s all I’ll do. I have some new ideas that want attention — a fun idea suggested by son Jeff Harrison and a collaboration with Jane Yolen that had to be put aside while we both focused on higher priorities. I hope to scare up enough time this week and next to advance the cause for those two. I also have ideas on the back burner for two other projects that have some editor interest. Those will need to wait a while longer, but I think about them often to keep my anticipation growing.

In snatched moments I like to sit somewhere and give my muse a chance to show me future projects. Each week brings new excitement because of such times.