May 14, 2008

Helpful Links For A Writer

It's taken me almost two years to find some great links that helped me with my writing - thought I might share a few: submitting a bibliography for a magazine article you wrote? Has it been a few years since you were in high school? Check out this website, type in your information and voila! Easy bib can format online sources, newspapers, email interviews, you name it! Things have sure changed since I was last writing bibliographies. writing a book in verse? Can't think of a word that rhymes with "amazing"? Type in your word and rhyme zone will give you rhyming words - even offering you syllable choices. Maybe it's a dictionary you need or a thesauras - get it here. As a writer who often finds herself writing in verse, this site has saved me hours of frustration. You have a great idea or a terrific title, but wait a minute....are there similar books already on the market? The Amazon site can tell you. Some of the books even offer text stats such as word count, etc. The Institute of Children's Literature offers great tips online and also a newsletter. The RX for Writers is free. Archived interviews and articles are also available. Harold Underdown is an editor who offers a terrific website for aspiring authors. He has recently published the third edition of An Idiot's Guide to Publishing. Also good tips on choosing a reputable agent. The SCBWI bears mentioning again. A great organization of writers (published and aspiring). The website is a valuable tool and the workshops offer a writer the best chance of meeting an editor.

May 13, 2008

Tonight You Are My Baby now on

very cool - my book is now available for pre-order from That was certainly a fun surprise - although I'm not sure it will pay me as much as I have paid Target over the years! My husband will readily agree. Tonight You Are My Baby is also available for pre-order from , and Pre-orders are available at a discounted price. Do some early Christmas shopping!

May 11, 2008

How does an author get ideas?

Ideas for children's books are all around us. The beauty of being a mother is I get lots of ideas from my children. After all, I'm living with the readers of children's books. Or the kids say something funny and "Eureka! That would make a great title!" The ideas are the easy part, writing the book is the difficult part. My latest manuscript idea actually came from our dog, Harry Potter - who we usually call Harry. He is a 75 lb. mutt (mostly English Setter, hound and who knows?) that we adopted from Above and Beyond English Setter Rescue. As Harry was trying to squeeze onto my lap one day, the kids said "Harry sure would like it if he was a small dog." Another Eureka moment! My manuscript is now with my editor and I'm awaiting word on it being acquired. Take a look around...ideas are everywhere. Be open to the possibilities...think like a child...look at a situation from a different perspective. Your next great manuscript could be right in front of you! Oh, and if you are interested in adopting a wonderful dog, look on or adopt an English Setter from . The dogs in my life have served as best friend, running partner, babysitter, guard dog and couch potato. These incredible creatures get a second chance in life and you gain a lifelong friend.

May 2, 2008

Tonight You Are My Baby

Yay! The cover of Tonight You Are My Baby is posted. I'm thrilled with the cover and the illustrations. As strictly an author, I have no input on the illustrations. The publisher chooses the artist they feel is best suited for the book. The artwork is exactly what I had in mind when I was writing and I'm very thankful to Tim Ladwig for his talent. The book itself looks like a Christmas gift - beautiful colors with gold trim. Tonight You Are My Baby is available for pre-order on