Today’s the day!

Hi everyone,

Today is officially the publication date for A PLACE TO START A FAMILY. I’m excited! It has been up on Amazon for weeks but of course with no books available the rating is waaaaaay back in the pack. My hope is that there are enough back orders to give us a respectable rating once books can be shipped.

Here’s the link to purchase and/or leave your review. https://www.amazon.com/Place-Start-Family-Poems-Creatures/dp/1580897487/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516058561&sr=8-1&keywords=a+place+to+start+a+family

As I’ve mentioned, one month from today on February 16 I will draw a name from among those who have left reviews and send the winner an autographed copy.

I hope you like it. Wish us luck!

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Moving right along

Hi everyone,

Yesterday School Library Journal published a strong review of A PLACE TO START A FAMILY. It mentions “the use of alliteration, rhyme, and onomatopoeia adds an inquisitive nature to the poems as it presents information regarding each animal’s habitat.” And they love Giles’ work. “The 3-D cut-paper collage illustrations exquisitely render insight into the architecture and daily life of each being.” The review sums up calling the book “a great selection for science and poetry enthusiasts.”

Earlier reviews from Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly were equally good so I’m encouraged. I hope to see more reviews appear now that we’re only one week away from the publication date. Giles Laroche, way to go, partner!

How to win a copy of A PLACE TO START A FAMILY

Hi everyone,

On her blog today Kathy Temean features A PLACE TO START A FAMILY and offers a free book. Here’s her link. https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2018/01/08/book-giveaway-a-place-to-start-a-family-poems-about-creatures-that-build-by-david-l-harrison/#comments

I hope you enjoy the story of how Giles Laroche and I went about creating the new book and signing up to win a copy.

Also, don’t forget my own offer for a free copy to someone on February 16 that will chosen by random drawing from names of those who comment about A PLACE TO START A FAMILY on Amazon by that date. The official pub date is January 16.

A Place to Start a Family

Hi everyone,

This morning I spotted my next book of poetry, A PLACE TO START A FAMILY, posted on Amazon even though it doesn’t come out until January 18, 2018. I’m happy to show you the cover at least. Giles Laroche has done another wonderful job and I think you’ll agree when you see it. Way to go, Giles!

Karen Boss is coming

Hi everyone,
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I just received excellent news. Karen Boss, my editor at Charlesbridge, is driving in from Boston to make a special appearance at my poetry workshop in Honesdale. I am delighted! Karen is a wonderful editor and will have a lot to say about the publishing business in general and getting poetry published in particular.

My first book with Karen came out in February this year: NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T.61wO366ugqL__AA160_ Currently we’re wrapping up my part of a second book of poetry, also illustrated by Giles Laroche in his unique style. I’m sure that Karen will have something to say about that when she speaks. She is sweet but tough and knows her stuff. Hey! A couplet!

Karen will arrive on Sunday in time for the kick-off dinner and spend the evening with us. The next day she will speak about the workshop’s theme: how do we get our poetry published? No one person has all the answers but Karen will add significantly to the conversation. Not only that, she’s going to stay with us that day and evening before leaving on Tuesday morning. Here’s her bio.

Karen Boss is an associate editor at Charlesbridge where she works on fiction and nonfiction picture books and middle-grade novels. She holds a MA in Children’s Literature from Simmons College and regularly acts as a mentor for their Writing for Children MFA program. Karen also has an MA in higher education administration and worked at colleges and in the nonprofit sector for the first 15 years of her career. She still works part-time in development at Hyde Square Task Force, a nonprofit that works with at-risk youth in Jamaica Plain. Some authors she’s currently working with are David L. Harrison, Jane Yolen, Nancy Bo Flood, Rich Michelson, and debut author Tami Charles. Her favorite children’s book is The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White, and she thinks that Holes by Louis Sachar is quite possibly the best thing ever written.

I’m grateful to Charlesbridge for loaning us this talented editor, and I’m grateful to Karen Boss for driving the distance twice to join us at The Barn. If you are coming to my Highlights Foundation Workshop, Karen will truly be a highlight! If you are counting, we now have four editors (Mary Colgan, Rebecca Davis, Allison Kane, and Karen Boss), plus an art director, Patrick Greenish. I don’t want to brag, but is this cool or what?