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”

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”

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”

Kids’ Choice KidLit Writing Contest

Word count: 196 BOOKWORM AND ROBIN by Suzy Leopold [Two-character dialogue.] Robin: “Hello there!” Bookworm:  “Don’t eat me!” “Here I come!” “You have the wrong worm!” “You look tasty.” “I am not tasty.” “Yam! I love yams.” “No! I said I’m not tasty.” Robin: “Are you juicy!” Bookworm: “I’m not juicy. You need a plumperContinue reading “Kids’ Choice KidLit Writing Contest”


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”

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”

Look All Around and Be Grateful

Today is today, and it is a gift.” Tomie de Paola Look and Be Grateful is just one of hundreds of beautiful picture books written by Tomie de Paola. The message of this book is sweet and simple. It is an ode to gratitude and mindfulness that includes brilliant illustrations. As a creator—a writer and painter, IContinue reading “Look All Around and Be Grateful”