I love hearing from readers, so if you’d like to send a note, feel free to email using the form to the right. I try to write a quick note back if I can.
You can also send a letter by snail mail if you’d like. I read every letter I get, and I love reader notes and art, but due to writing deadlines, I’m not able to answer individual letters at this time. If you enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope, though, I’m happy to send you a signed bookmark.
P.O. Box 1857
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Please do NOT send me anything you need back. I can’t return original stories, art, or anything like that and would feel terrible if something got lost.
Note for teachers & librarians: If you are having your entire class or grade level write to me via email, please send one note from the class, rather than individual emails. I’m always happy to answer a few questions but hope you’ll understand that I can’t take time from writing to answer long lists of them.
For teachers, librarians, & conference organizers:
To book a conference appearance, writing workshop, school author visit, or Skype author visit, please use the contact form on the right side of this page.
For rights inquiries:
Inquiries about film, foreign, and other rights go through my agent, Jennifer Laughran of Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
For blurb/review requests:
I read a lot and talk about books a lot on social media. I occasionally offer cover blurbs for titles that I really love. In the interest of fairness and access (and me not being buried in emails) I now have a blanket policy. Anyone who would like me to consider reviewing/blurbing/reading-and-talking-about a book can simply mail me that book at any time.
Just send a paper copy of your ARC or published book to me at P.O. Box 1857 Plattsburgh, NY 12901. Include a very short note explaining what you’d like – cover blurb, blog review, Twitter shout-out, share with my Teachers Write group…you name it. Sometimes, I will read and love a book and talk about it a lot. Sometimes, I will not like a book or just won’t have time to read it in a timely manner, and in this case, I will pass it along to a teacher, librarian, or young reader with a request to share a review if they like it. This offer is for ARCs and published books only. If you’ve self published your book, that’s fine. I cannot read/review unpublished work.
Please do not follow up your book mailing with emails, phone calls, or grocery store ambushes. 🙂 If you’ve requested a blurb, and I have time to read the book in time and love it, I promise to get in touch. If you don’t hear from me, please assume that your book is wonderful but that I just couldn’t get to it by your deadline.
Because my family, teaching, and writing keep me busy, I am unable to read, critique, or provide feedback on unpublished works. A writing critique group is the right place to get this kind of feedback, and the SCBWI discussion board is a good place to connect with other writers who might want to share critiques with you.
If you’re looking for a good editor or coach, I’d suggest Michelle Knudsen, a kind, smart writer-friend of mine who does offer these services. She’s at http://www.michelleknudsen.com/events.htm
Here’s some of my best advice when it comes to writing for children.