So far, it looks as if the new year is off to a good start. I hit send on four easy-read manuscripts–a mini-series–on Monday. My lovely agent already is circulating those, so I’m hopeful they will land in the right editor’s inbox. Meanwhile, I think there are four PB manuscripts circulating that haven’t found the right editor yet. I’m finishing up the dreaded Source Notes and Index (especially dreaded/hated) for the major nonfiction project I’ve spent the last year and a half developing. Revisions on that saw me cutting about 15,000 to 20,000 words–so don’t ever tell me that every word is vital to a story. My expert reader helped me to see I had all this junk that could be summarized in a paragraph or two. (Thank you, Barbara.) I should be able to hit send on that by early next week.
As for what lies ahead, I have two nonfiction proposals I’m working on. Thirteen easy-read titles (The Corner Kids series) will see new life as ebooks. A new picture book–Puppy and Bear: The First Day of School–will be released in July. Also, Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 is coming in the fall. I’d post a cover picture of Twelve Days–it’s stunning (Thank you, Barbara Grzeslo!)–but I don’t have one in a format I can share yet. (Hint!) I do hope one arrives in the near term so I can include it on next fall’s postcard mailing, which is being designed as we speak.(Hint! Hint!) Besides the usual school appearances, I’ll be signing books at the Scottsdale (Arizona) Public Library on Saturday, January 21 (10:00 – 2:00) and joining Cynthia Levinson and David Rice in Corpus Christi (Texas) on Saturday, February 11, to speak at the TALE conference. I hope our paths cross somewhere along the way this year. And for those who’ve asked if I’ll be at the conference of the American Library Association in June, I haven’t heard yet. Finally, I’ll be part of a stellar faculty line up–https://www.highlightsfoundation.org/workshops/master-class-in-writing-nonfiction-for-children-and-young-adults-2017/ –for Highlights Foundation’s Master Class in Writing Nonfiction from July 16 to 20. You don’t want to miss it.
P.S.: Schools interested in booking an Author Visit with me this spring or next fall, my calendar is filling fast. Contact me by email to secure your slot: firstname.lastname@example.org.