I wear lots of hats. I’m a mom, a wife, a children’s book writer, a freelancer, a Sunday School teacher, the list goes on. One hat I wear is related to the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. SCBWI is a fabulous national organization that helps newbies and gurus learn and network. I am the Online Networking Coordinator (ONC) for the Carolinas chapter. One my responsibilities is writing a column for the Pen and Palette, their quarterly publication.
The Pen and Palette is a great resource, and you can download it free. The artwork is beautiful, thanks to talented contributors from our chapter and art director Bonnie Adamson. Our editor, Rebecca Petruck, puts together informative and entertaining issues full of advice and opportunities. If it sounds like I’m bragging, it’s because I am. It’s a great publication, and I’m proud to be a part of it. I’ve added a link to the Pen and Palette at the bottom of this post and on the side of my blog. Check it out and let me know what you think.
My column, Caught in the Web, focuses on online networking. Make sure you come back for the Fall 2010 issue to read my interview with agent Natalie Fischer. She shared great information about what she hopes to find and not find when she looks up potential clients.
Teaching Others to Be Better Songwriters, my interview with Steve Seskin can be found in the Writer's Digest's 2010 SONGWRITER'S MARKET.
ASHES & INK Young Adult / Teens 72,000 words
Fresh out of juvie for arson, sixteen-year-old Mazie is abandoned by her bitter Aunt Deb minutes after she'd signed for Mazie's release. While living on the streets and drawing flash for a tattoo shop, Mazie learns that Samantha, the daughter of the firefighter killed in the flames Mazie started, has disappeared. When she finds out a serial kidnapper is on the prowl, and that Samantha is likely one of his victims, Mazie hunts for clues that could save Samantha from becoming the next body to wash ashore. But finding Samantha means NOT laying low--a risky gamble since Mazie is already on the run for crimes she didn't commit.
INSTA-GATOR Picture Book 697 words
Cray’s rowdy bayou brothers are the instigators in the family and take advantage of Cray, expecting him to clean up their messes like a Cajun Cinder-fella. But when Cray finds a hoodoo egg containing gator dust, he trades in his dustpan for a sharp set of teeth and eyes that can hunt underwater. Cray's jazzed about being an Insta-Gator and gives his brothers a taste of their own potion. But when the fun of the gumbo hogging, floor flooding, and cat chasing wear thin, Cray must decide whether it's all worth leaving his brothers with the blues.
TIGER LILY AND THE PRINCE
The queen picked a new guard for Prince Donald—one with the best high kick, high jump, and “Hi-Ya!” in the kingdom. But Prince Donald is NOT happy about having a girl guard, and if he cries wolf one more time, Tiger Lily may decide to toss him into the moat instead of saving him.