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”

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”


Welcome to Through the Prairie Garden Gate Hope Lim! It is my pleasure to share your upcoming book Mommy’s Hometown with my readers. Share your inspiration for Mommy’s Hometown. MOMMY’S HOMETOWN was inspired by real-life experiences. Since moving to America, I have periodically visited my parents in Korea, and am struck by the continual changes that have slowly altered my hometown.Continue reading “Celebrating MOMMY’S HOMETOWN”

The Craft of Writing—The Element of Revising

The step of revising is critical to writing. It can be daunting but it doesn’t have to be. “Revising is part of writing. Few writers are so expert that they can produce what they are after on the first try. Quite often you will discover, on examining the completed work, that there are serious flaws inContinue reading “The Craft of Writing—The Element of Revising”


I’m participating in Storystorm 2022! Are you? Today is the last day to register for this annual event. Over the years, since 2009, author and blogger, Tara Lazar has hosted this amazing event with opportunities for readers, writers, educators, and individuals interested in writing and illustrating picture books for children. Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo)Continue reading “Storystorm”


Evie loves to run, jump, hop, and win! On field day she has a choice to win a trophy or be a good friend. Evie’s Field Day: More Than One Way to Win Written by Claire Annette Noland Illustrated by Alicia Teba Cardinal Rule Press, 2020. Read more about this adorable picture book on KathyContinue reading “EVIE’S FIELD DAY MORE THAN ONE WAY TO WIN”

Living a Grateful Life Offers Many Benefits

Originally published on November 26, 2014 in the Macoupin County~Carlinville Enquirer~Democrat Newspaper The month of November is typically a time to give thanks.  Are you sharing gratitude during the eleventh month or all year long? Perhaps you and your family will express gratitude on Thanksgiving Day as you gather together to share a special meal. ThereContinue reading “Living a Grateful Life Offers Many Benefits”