A Beautiful Collaboration

We often get asked why we wrote Two Wins for Wiley. It was a beautiful collaboration with my daughter Caitlin. Caitlin is an acupuncturist and is the guest author of this blog post. In most cases, a children’s book is written by one author. If the author is fortunate enough to find a publisher, the … Read more

Harsh Critiques

Have you received harsh critiques from fellow authors? Most of the time the critiques I receive are very helpful pointing out strengths and weaknesses. Just this week I received a harsh critique that stated my premise was silly because cats do not wear glasses. They went on to say, I had a blatant disregard for … Read more

Have You Been Caught?

Where have you been caught? Caught reading that is! May is national Get Caught Reading Month. This annual celebration promotes the joy of reading. A consistent reading habit has many benefits such as: improving vocabulary, reduces stress, develop empathy, and boost knowledge and brainpower. For children, reading can help improve their language skills, increase their … Read more

Book Signing Tips for New Authors

There is an abundance of book signing tips for new authors available online. At some point in your author journey you’ll be asked to sign your book. It’s exciting! But, also it can be a bit nerve wracking. You’re about to make a permanent mark in someone’s shiny, new and pristine book. If you are … Read more

Drop Everything and Read Day

Drop Everything And Read Day is a special reading celebration day that was designed to encourage families to make reading together each day a family priority and habit. Families are encouraged to read and enjoy books together for at least 30 minutes. April 12 is also the birthday of the children’s author Beverly Cleary. Beverly Cleary received many letters from students who enjoyed D.E.A.R. time at their … Read more

Encourage a Young Writer Day

April 10th is Encourage a Young Writer Day. This national event gives teachers and parents an opportunity to help young writers use their ideas to create a story. Most children are natural storytellers. Their imagination and creativity allows them to come up with some of the best stories.  Reading cultivates imagination, vocabulary, and basic writing skills – … Read more