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A Mini Interview with Jeremy Holmes!

The first time I saw the artwork of Jeremy Holmes, I was sitting at a SCBWI conference. An art director from Chronicle Books handed me a copy of Jeremy's THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY. She handed me this book to pass around the room of conference of attendees- but it never made it out of my hands. The art work was so amazing- I was immediately...

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Last but not least!

How did it get to be the end of November?!" I keep asking myself... I can hardly believe it! But believe it or not, it's here, and along with it... our final four Mini Interviews for 2012. And, I think you'll agree that though they may be last- they are certainly not least! Here's the lineup... Constanze Von Kitzing  visits Juana's blog on Tuesday. Jeremy Holmes will be here on...

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Mini Interview with Kelly Light!

Kelly lives in Long Island, N.Y.. She is right now, drawing in her attic studio surrounded by old radios, books, cartoon collectibles and is usually singing very loudly. She is currently working hard on her first three books. All due out Spring 2014: ,THE QUIRKS - WELCOME TO NORMAL, written by Erin Soderberg (Bloomsbury), ELVIS AND THE UNDERDOGS, written by Jenny Lee (Balzer and Bray), LOUISE LOVES ART, by Kelly Light (Balzer and...

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A Mini Interview with Lynne Avril!

Lynne Avril was born and grew up in Montana, where she received a BA in Art from the University of (Hippie) Montana, Missoula, the Berkeley of the Northwest where she was also able to (somehow) complete her degree without taking a single math class. She has spent the last 30 years, however, living in and enjoying Arizona. She has spent those years trying out several career possibilities such as dishwasher,...

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Mini Interviews 2012: Adam Gustavson

I am tickled pink to be sharing with you the work and wit of Adam Gustavson, this fine fall day! I first met Adam on another fine fall day, a few years ago in New York. We met up to peruse the artwork on display at the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show. And after that, chatting over a cuppa coffee, I was totally stoked to discover that, not only...

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It’s no TRICK… the Mini Interviews are almost here!

Now that's what I call a TREAT! Starting next Wednesday, and every Wednesday in November, I'll be hosting a mini interview right here with one of my favorite illustrators! So, I am here to give you a sneak peek as to who I'll be chatting with- folks who are so talented it's SCARY... Lynne Avril Adam Gustavson Jeremy Holmes and Kelly Light See- now you're excited too right?! Be sure...

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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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