WILL WRITE FOR COOKIES
INSIGHT – INFORMATION – INSPIRATION
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. It’s been quite a few weeks since I did a picture book review. How did that happen? Well, I put my house on the market, but of course, before that could happen, I had to totally de-clutter it! Good news! It sold on the first day! Now I am sorting/purging/packing. The closing date is August 31 and I’ll be moving in with my daughter and her family who live only 5 minutes down the road.
Easy-peasy, you say. Hmmm…it might be, but my daughter and son-in-law wanted to find the perfect house with a separate space/separate entrance for me which their current house doesn’t have. Therefore, we’ve been house-hunting at the same time. More good news…I think we found a house that will suit us all!! So, now they’ve decluttered their home in record time and their Open House is Saturday. Fingers crossed for a quick sale so we can proceed with the house that we found.
And, to add to this busy mix, I participated in Justin Colon’s #PBChat Mentorship Program. Now I have TWO mentees (hurray for Rebecca Chester and Carolyn Fraiser), two runners-ups and four honorable mentions. And that is the best news of all. I’m really looking forward to working with all of these fabulous writers.
Today’s picture book selection is by another fabulous writer…author Jolene Gutierrez. I was lucky enough to meet her in person when I was in Colorado last summer for a book event at Second Star to the Right bookstore in Denver. Jolene was one of the kidlit folk who came out to support me…and after the bookstore event, a bunch of us walked down the street to Sushi Den for lunch…yum! And speaking of yum…how about some…