We had a great weekend from start to finish and want to thank you all for sending anniversary wishes. We read and relished each one. They really meant a lot to us and added so much to the pleasure of the occasion. We topped it off with a good visit with Robin and Tim to see the new roof on their back deck (thank you, Tim, for the take-home sliders for lunch today) and capped it all with champagne (thank you, Jeff and Jennifer) poolside enjoying the night sounds and views of Goose Lake.
Now to work and a busy week. On Tuesday, Kathy Temean features THE DIRT BOOK on her wonderful blog. On Wednesday, Laura Robb, Tim Rasinski, and I have a Zoom meeting with our editors at Teacher Created Materials about the new book we’re about to start with them. And on Thursday a short piece I wrote about why children should write poetry will be posted on the Springfield-Greene County Public Library blog.
Meanwhile, it’s time to polish the first twelve poems for the Tim Rasinski-Mary Jo Fresch collaboration for Corwin and get in another lick or two on a trade book proposal I’m hot to finish. On we march.
Kathy Temean just posted a feature of EMPOWERING STUDENTS’ KNOLWLEDGE OF VOCABULARY, LEARNING HOW LANGUAGE WORKS, co-written with Mary Jo Fresch. My thanks to Kathy. I hope you will visit her blog at https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/ and see how to register to win a free copy of the book.
Kathy Temean is running another Full Manuscript Virtual Writers Retreat this winter. You might want to consider joining the retreat, but time is running out. There are three spots left: A picture book, middle grade, and a young adult spot.
Over the March 6th/7th weekend writers will be scheduled with their assigned agents and participate in a first page session with the agents. Kathy is willing to work with the writers who may have schedule problems. Groups are forming this week.
Please note you are not required to participate in a group if you wish not to be included. Not participating does not lower the cost of the retreat.
Novel Writers get the following: One full, one-hour manuscript novel critique up to 72,000 words – Plus, one 25 page – 30-minute critique with a second agent – Also, an hour to discuss your manuscript with the other writers in your assigned group.
PB Writers &/or Illustrators get the following: One hour, four picture books critiques not over 25 pages total – Plus, one 30-minute picture book critique with a second agent – Also, an hour group critique session to discuss your manuscript with the other writers in your assigned group