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How do you take your tea?

Milk? Sugar? One lump or two? How you take your tea is a matter of personal taste. You might not even like tea. You might prefer coffee, or orange juice... or Ovaltine. Any one of those would be a valid choice (yes, even Ovaltine). And what holds true for tea holds true for writing  too... Some people gravitate towards writing words of sugary sweetness, others towards words of dark and...

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Tea Rex for Two… Thursday?!

This week is slipping past at an alarming rate!  I only just realized that today is, in fact, Thursday, and not, (as I had hoped), Tuesday. Thursday?! To quote Douglas Adams, "I never could get the hang of Thursdays..." But with a fresh cup of tea in hand, I am keeping in mind two more words by the immortal Mr. Adams, "Don't Panic", and I am here to make up...

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The Mini Interviews are back!

Hello Everybody! Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy- do I have some exciting news to share... The Mini Interviews are baaaaack!!! Last year, during National Picture Book Month, Juana Martinez Neal, Mikela Prevost, Laura Jacobsen and I hosted a series of Mini Interviews in which we endeavored to learn more about each other and our work. It was such a success that we're doing it again! But this year, rather...

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TEA (REX) for Two Tuesdays- Take 2!

September 12... already?! Yes it is-  the second Tuesday of the month- and you know what that means... time for TEA! And time for another TEA REX related post and... GIVEAWAY! So pour yourself a cuppa, settle back in a comfy chair, and read on...   First things first- the lucky winners of the first TEA REX giveaway are: Lynn Alpert and Debbie Meyer! Congratulations ladies! You will each be receiving ...

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TEA (REX) for Two Tuesdays!

You, are cordially invited to tea. TEA (REX) for Two... on Tuesday afternoons. On the second Tuesday of every month- from this Tuesday August 14, 2012- 'til Tuesday April 9, 2013  I will be hosting a virtual tea party here on my blog! Why April 9, 2013? That is the day TEA REX will be served on shelves at bookstores everywhere! But until that lovely spring day, on the second Tuesday of every...

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Putting together a Prize-winning Portfolio!

SCBWI's annual conference in LA is almost upon us! And with it- the Annual Juried Portfolio Competition, so this week 's post continues  the series of pre-conference prep with portfolio tips! At the first SCBWI conference I attended in LA, 12 years ago, I was fortunate enough to sit in on a workshop with Dilys Evans- agent, founder of The Original Art Show, and author of Show and Tell: Exploring the...

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Promo Postcard 101- making your piece a Pin-up!

One month from today I will be hopping on a plane to Los Angeles and the SCBWI Annual Conference... I suspect I am not the only one with these plans as the hotel is now completely booked (some pun intended)! And with that in mind, I thought I might feature a few posts on getting yourself and your work ready for the four fun-in-the-sun filled days of children's book networking that...

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And the winner is…

Lyn Martin! Yes, Lyn Martin is the lucky winner drawn randomly (thanks to random.org)  from all of the wonderful folks who commented, liked, followed and Tweeted about the mini-ME-interviews last week! Lyn wins a signed copy of Santa's Workshop and this spiffy print from the book! But the mini-interviews are only just beginning! Stay tuned as this week belongs to an incredible  illustrator and hep cat: Mikela Prevost! (Who I...

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A 10 Year Overnight Success

  While everyone has been writing about the amazing time we all had at the 40th SCBWI Conference in LA last week (and rightly so- it was fab!) I have been thinking an awful lot about my first conference- the 30th SCBWI Conference in LA, and all that has happened in-between... When I left my career in animation to dive into children’s books 10 years ago, (my first picture book Emma’s Gift due out...

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I am a Book Junkie.

Can’t get enough of them. You might think that as a writer and illustrator, after a day spent in the studio making them, I might want a bit of down time. But no. Long books, short books, picture books… cookbooks even, I love ‘em! And though our house is amply stocked with bookshelves in every room- there are still stacks of the little rectangular darlings overflowing every-which-where! And though the...

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