Planning the future

Hi everyone,

Busy day yesterday. Received feedback on an education book proposal. Overall: good, but with strings attached. Lotza suggestions before going forward. It’s reflection time. We want to go forward but need to weigh the price in time and effort without a guarantee it will produce a contract. That’s what today is for.

I know now I’m on the panel next year in Baltimore that will introduce the 2019 NCTE Notable Books (including CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS). I’ll read a couple of poems and introduce my new (by then) book, AND THE BULLFROGS SING.

Yesterday I spent most of my work time writing and submitting a proposal for a presentation at the conference. I’ve written other proposals over the years; won some lost some. You never know if you’ll be accepted. There will be more than 1,000 submissions for the judges to read. I enjoy the challenge and love it when I’m accepted. Winners are announced late in March.

In the meantime I hope to connect with other writers for another panel or two. Baltimore in November may too brisk to walk around much outside. Might as well stay inside and work!

Why is this man smiling?

Hi everyone,

Ruth Culham kindly snapped me signing at Charlesbridge. That’s part of my wonderful editor, Karen Boss, in the background. So now I can prove that I really was there! Thank you Ruth!

Here’s Tara Welty between Mary Jo Fresch and me showing off our new book with Scholastic. Tara is Editor-in-Chief for Teacher Resources at Scholastic.

Laura Salas was kind enough to share this selfie from NCTE. With Laura (left), Sylvia Vardell, and Sandy around me, you can understand why I’m smiling!

Coming home

Hi everyone,

NCTE was another good experience. I saw many old friends and caught up on their news. I enjoyed the Children’s Author Awards Luncheon. Here’s a quick pic across the crowd.

It wasn’t all work. On Friday night after the Scholastic Reception we drove to Anheuser Busch and enjoyed the holiday lighting.

Getting ready to roll

Hi everyone,

No writing for a couple of days while I’m at NCTE. This morning I’m having breakfast at 7:30 with an editor and won’t finish the day’s activities until 8:00 or so this evening. It’s a good trade off though. I always enjoy seeing old friends and having a chance to participate in the conference.

My new title with Boyds Mills Press, CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS, doesn’t come out until March, but they have some folded and gathered copies here and I’ll be signing a stack of those tomorrow. I’m eager to see them.

More later.