We have a quiet week for author events, so I’ll just catch you up on a few other things I’ve got going on.
There are so many children’s literature blogs I have enjoyed over the years, many of them I discovered through my friends on the SCBWI Discussion Boards. Everyone reading this probably knows (and loves) well known blogs like Cynthia Leitech Smith’s Cynsations, Deborah Halverson’s Dear Editor, SLJ’s Fuse Eight, Mr. Schu’s Watch. Connect. Read., Janice Hardy’s Fiction University, and Casey McCormick’s Literary Rambles, as well as many other long-popular writing blogs. But there are also a lot of great, lesser known blogs maintained by writers quietly serving the children’s and young adults literature community, year after year. In the coming months, I’ll be adding occasional posts highlighting one of these blogs. I hope you’ll find some new-to-you blogs to love!
Since our SCBWI-Houston Regional Advisor, Vicki Sansum, mentioned this last month’s meeting, I don’t think I’m letting the cat out of the bag here (in fact, I may have already mentioned it). This summer, we will be having a workshop with Tammi Sauer, the author of 23 picture books (with more on the way), including her newest, ROAR! (Simon & Schuster, 2015), Iillustrated by Liz Starin. To help you get ready for this workshop, I suggest you read through the delightful articles on Picture Book Builders, a blog she hosts along with a few other outstanding picture book creators. Each week they discuss the making of a particular picture book and what makes it a success. Registration for this workshop is now open! Register here!
If you are an author looking for ways to promote your books, take a look at the festivals coming up this year in Texas. Some have already closed their application process, but others are still open.
In non-book related news, I’ve started a training class for my dog, Shimmer! Through a recommendation from our veterinarian, I found a wonderful training class with Happy Hounds Training Center. For those who’d like to see it, I’m posting a video here of Happy Hounds owner and trainer dancing with one of her dogs at an exhibition. I mainly signed up just so Shimmer would learn to walk politely on a leash, come back every time she’s called, and not to run away from children. But who knows? Maybe Shimmer will learn to dance!