Monthly Archives: October 2009

How They Got Here: 2009 Debut Author L.K. Madigan

This post is part of a year-long series of blog interviews I’ll be hosting with my fellow 2009 Debut Authors, called "How They Got Here."  It should be an especially helpful series for teens who write, teachers, and anyone who wants to write for kids.  2009 debut authors will be dropping by to talk about […]

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Adding to the Conversation on Amazon Vine

I’ve been home sick for three days now, which has given me entirely too much time to read blogs and now, some time to ponder over the Amazon VINE program.

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Bear Pond Books in Montpelier

If you have to go out on a blustery, rainy Saturday, I’m of the opinion that there’s nowhere better to go than a wonderful, cozy bookstore.  I had a GIANNA Z. event at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier Saturday, and it fit the bill just perfectly! We had a lovely afternoon talking about books and research […]

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Authors at the New York State English Council Conference

I spent Thursday at the NYS English Council Conference in Albany and had a great time talking with colleagues in both of my worlds – the English teachers and authors alike.  Nancy Krulik, author of the Katie Kazoo series, was at the table next to me.  She’s written FORTY BOOKS in that series.  40!!  I find that […]

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Thankful Almost-Thursday

Lots of thankfulness to go around this week… 1, I’m plugging away at my revision for SUGAR ON SNOW, stealing bits of time wherever I can.  I used to feel like I needed big chunks of time to get anything done, but that idea has sort of faded away for me, and I’m thankful for […]

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Book Club Contest, Skyping into Wisconsin, and “Instructions”

A few quick updates tonight…before I get back to SUGAR ON SNOW revisions.  1. Thanks to all those who entered THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z. book club giveaway.  The winner, drawn at random from those who entered, is Jeni from the Glenwood Schools for Boys and Girls in Glenwood, Illinois.  Congratulations, Jeni!  And for […]

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Celebrating the National Day on Writing: A Revision Gallery

A couple weeks ago, a school principal & teacher in California asked me where she could find pictures of real manuscripts from real authors going through the revision process to share with her students so they’d be more excited about revising. I didn’t know of such a resource, but as a teacher, I absolutely loved […]

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How They Got Here: 2009 Debut Author Megan Crewe

This post is part of a year-long series of blog interviews I’ll be hosting with my fellow 2009 Debut Authors, called "How They Got Here."  It should be an especially helpful series for teens who write, teachers, and anyone who wants to write for kids.  2009 debut authors will be dropping by to talk about […]

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Don’t forget to enter the GIANNA Z. contest for book clubs!

One last thing…and then I’m back to my mug of tea and my revision… Tomorrow is the last day to enter THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z. book club contest, where you can win a whole set of books for your reading group or classroom literature circles group.  Click here for the easy details on […]

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Revision Process: Tackling character and balance in SUGAR ON SNOW

I’ll tell you right up front…this is going to be one of those long rambling posts about the writing process, photos included.  If you don’t want to be mired in a tour of my messy revision-mind, you should probably just move on now.  Nothing to see here… Still  hanging around?  Okay… here’s the revision story.  […]

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