Review Writing 101

October/November 2019 marks the very first Debut Review Challenge! Debut Kidlit creators benefit because reviews help their books gain exposure. Readers benefit by seeing honest feedback while making book purchases. YOU, the reviewers, benefit by earning a chance to win great prizes for every FIVE reviews you complete. Everybody wins! But for some people, writing… Continue reading Review Writing 101

Debut Review Challenge with Laura Roettiger

It is my pleasure to welcome Laura Roettiger to the Debut Review Challenge Blog, where she dishes about her debut picture book, why she writes for children, and her current work-in-progress. Welcome, Laura! Debut By-the-Numbers: ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON Number of years writing: A lifetime. With the goal of publishing, it’s been 3 years.… Continue reading Debut Review Challenge with Laura Roettiger

Meet the Oct/Nov 2019 #DebutReviewChallenge Book Creators!

Ready to join the book review fun by participating in the Debut Review Challenge? Follow these debut authors on social media and find their books at your local library. If your library doesn't have their books, request that they be added to their collection! Write an honest review online for any debut Kidlit creator on… Continue reading Meet the Oct/Nov 2019 #DebutReviewChallenge Book Creators!

Debut Review Challenge with Tim McGlen

It is my pleasure to welcome Tim McGlen to the Debut Review Challenge Blog, where we dive deep into his writerly story. Debut By-the-Numbers: ANTONINO'S IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Number of years writing:   Ha!  Many.  Wrote first picture book ms on a whim 17 years ago.  A too-scary story about a witch, which clocked in at 1,000+ words (this from… Continue reading Debut Review Challenge with Tim McGlen

How to Find Kidlit Debuts

So you've joined the #DebutReviewChallenge and your are determined to write five online reviews for debut Kidlit creators. But... wait. Where do you find those books, anyway? One of my favorite ways to discover debut Kidlit creators is on social media. There are a number of debut promotional groups that serve to inform, entertain, and… Continue reading How to Find Kidlit Debuts

Debut Review Challenge with Vivian Kirkfield

I am thrilled to welcome picture book author Vivian Kirkfield to our very first #DebutReviewChallenge Blog Interview! She is the author of not one, not two, but THREE debut picture books in 2019. Welcome, Vivian! Thank you so much for having me on your blog. It’s an honor to be part of the #DebutReviewChallenge! Debut… Continue reading Debut Review Challenge with Vivian Kirkfield

READ…REVIEW…REPEAT!

Have you ever written a product review? When I shop online, reviews are often how I choose one product over another. The same is true for books. Imagine this scenario: A teacher is looking for fall-related books and has narrowed the search down to a few candidates. Which to choose? A strong showing of positive… Continue reading READ…REVIEW…REPEAT!

Not all habits are bad…

Small, positive changes can make a BIG difference. We have good and bad habits in all areas of our lives, but since I'm a children's writer, I'm thinking of reading and writing habits. What if you made a commitment to review one book per month... How about one per week? What if you dedicated a… Continue reading Not all habits are bad…

Read with your Kids!

In addition to school days, January and February are filled with snow days and sick days. Even so, there has been a lot of reading going on at my house. I love watching my kids drop their backpacks after school and then get absorbed in a funny book. (Bonus points if it contains potty humor.)… Continue reading Read with your Kids!

Like a proud mother…

Porcupine's Pie is already One Month Old! Isn't she adorable? 🙂 This past month has been a whirlwind of congratulations, celebrations, and not enough sleep. At my launch party, I had a blast signing books, giving away door prizes, and finally sharing Porcupine with kids. Here are the highlights:   I am so grateful to… Continue reading Like a proud mother…