Words Have Wings

Reading Aloud to Children

One of my favorite things to do is reading aloud to children. As a former classroom teacher I read stories aloud several times a week to my class. My love of reading aloud comes from my parents reading stories to me and from my 6th grade teacher. My teacher read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, … Read more

Finding a Balance Between Writing and Family

With summer right around the corner, it’s time to get excited about sunny days that are perfect for writing. But when school is out we often find ourselves with a house full of children. Finding a balance between writing and family can become a daily challenge. I would like to share a few tips and … Read more

Finley: A Moose on the Caboose

From the minute I saw the cover reveal for Finley: A Moose on the Caboose, I knew I wanted to read this picture book. Finley is so cute and children are going to love his character. I am excited to share this interview with all of you. Author interviews give us insight into the author’s … Read more

Picture Book Writing with AI

This week I attended two meeting with picture book authors. The topic of conversation was picture book writing with AI. Several authors were impressed by its ability to quickly produce large amounts of content. That is, content that is mostly accurate and mostly grammatically correct. I want to understand AI before deciding if it is … Read more

Selling Books on Consignment

I have been thinking about selling books on consignment. Specifically, my children’s books. Other authors are doing it, so I decided I should give it a try. Truth is, I know nothing about selling books on consignment. I didn’t understand how it worked or where I should begin. The good news is there are a … Read more

Story Monsters Approved Winner

Two Wins for Wiley has been designated as a Story Monsters Approved Winner. This award recognizes and honors authors in the field of children’s literature whose books inspire, teach, inform or entertain. Each book competes only against themselves and are judged on their own merit. Awards are presented only to entries earning the appropriate amount … Read more

Tell a Story Day

Tell a Story Day is a day to share our stories. Do you know someone who is a good storyteller? Maybe it was a grandparent, aunt, uncle, a friend or neighbor. The art of telling stories has been passed down through time and we learn how to be a good storyteller by listening to our … Read more

Rising Stars Picture Book Mentorship


Rising Stars Picture Book Mentorship program pairs agented picture book creators that are knowledgeable about querying, agent calls, author-agent relationships, being on submission, book deals, and contract language, with the next generation of children’s book authors and illustrators for an immersive, custom-made mentorship experience that is more than just a critique. I submitted my application … Read more

Long Island Authors Group

The mission of the Long Island Authors Group (LIAG) is to encourage, support, and promote authorship on Long Island and the New York area. This group of local book authors joined together to plan and implement activities and events that add to the availability of their books. Long Island Authors Group Bookstore is also the only … Read more