Is Your Story Ready for Submission?

You wrote a story. You should be proud. What’s the next step? Is it time to send your story out on a submission? Submitting your work to a literary agent or a publisher is a big step. Consider these questions and tips before moving forward with submitting your work. Question: Are you reading widely? Tip:Continue reading “Is Your Story Ready for Submission?”


Spotlighting Literary Agent Eve Adler on Literary Rambles with Natalie Aguirre

Literary Agent Interview: Eve Adler Interview and Query Critique Giveaway Today I’m thrilled to have agent Eve Adler here. She is a literary agent at Red Fox Literary. Hi­ Eve! Thanks so much for joining us. About Eve: 1. Tell us how you became an agent, how long you’ve been one, and what you’ve beenContinue reading “Spotlighting Literary Agent Eve Adler on Literary Rambles with Natalie Aguirre”


Do you remember where you were on September 11, 2001? I was at Park Village Elementary School. A co-teacher shared the devastating news with me. Confusion. Alarm. Bewilderment. Sharing four excellent children’s book titles to help us remember and help us to hope for a better future with peace. BRANCHES OF HOPEWritten by Ann MageeIllustratedContinue reading “Remembering”

#Kids Love Nonfiction

In February 2022 I signed a petition asking the New York Times to add children’s nonfiction bestseller lists that parallel the current children’s fiction lists. Find more information about #KidsLoveNonfiction announcing the campaign on a Nonfiction Ninjas post. Mary Ann Cappiello, Professor of Language and Literacy at Lesley University, Xenia Hadjioannou, Associate Professor ofContinue reading “#Kids Love Nonfiction”

Praying for Peace & Healing

One week ago today, the unthinkable happened when two teachers and nineteen precious children were murdered while celebrating the last few days of the 21-22 school year at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas. It was the second deadliest school shooting in U. S. history. The tight-knit community is about 83 miles west of San Antonio.Continue reading “Praying for Peace & Healing”


A beautiful fiction picture book arrived in the mail this week! I am grateful to receive a copy of ALL GOD’S CRITTERS SING ALLELU. Written by pjlyons; illustrated by Carol Herring, Beaming Books, 2022. This rhyming picture book uses all the English phonemes. I am grateful for the many critters Our Lord created. A phonemeContinue reading “ALL GOD’S CRITTERS SING ALLELU”

Remembering Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola was an acclaimed American writer and illustrator. He wrote and/or illustrated over 250 books for children. Thomas Anthony was born in Meriden, Connecticut to Joseph and Florence dePaola on September 15, 1934. To readers and admirers, he is known as Tomie. One of the best known and best-loved authors, Tomie signed his nameContinue reading “Remembering Tomie dePaola”

March On With Mentor Texts

The month of March was filled with new picture book titles an and new learning. lynne Marie, Editor and Owner of Rate Your Story, hosted the event. Guest authors and illustrators shared picture book titles and discussions of the mentor texts. The challenge included reading daily posts to discover how these published books are successfulContinue reading “March On With Mentor Texts”