Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. I’m so encouraged by the fact that beautiful books continue to appear on the shelves. Yes, I know that the publishing industry has been hard hit by Covid, as have so many other fields. With almost everyone working from home, everything seems to be taking longer. But hurray for authors who keep writing wonderful stories and illustrators who keep drawing glorious images and editors who keep acquiring exciting manuscripts and publishing who keep publishing great books…like this one by one of my dear critique buddies, Julie Abery. And guess what? Julie is offering a double giveaway…one winner overseas…and one winner in the USA. And Julie will be stopping by tomorrow to chat with us about her writing journey.
Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. One of my favorite moments is when a book is published that I saw as a rough draft years before. It’s a great feeling to know that my feedback might have helped shape the story. If you are a writer, do you share your manuscripts with critique buddies? I hope the answer to that is a big YES…because IMO, critique groups are a crucial ingredient in paving a successful path to publication. And today’s featured book is by one of my long-time critique partners, author and editor Alayne Kay Christian.