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

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

WIP Summit 2024

The Women in Publishing Summit (WIP Summit 2024) is an online conference. It is held the first week of March and it features women, and those who identify as women, who are authors, editors and publishing professionals. It’s a multi-day virtual event. All sessions are held LIVE on Zoom, and the conference covers topics on … Read more

Always Be Connecting

“Always be connecting” is a phrase I have heard over and over again from fellow authors. There is value in connecting with other writers, no matter where you are in your author journey. I highly recommend connecting with others who share similar goals. Writing is mostly a solitary activity with you and your computer. Connecting … Read more

Author of the Month

Last month I was invited to be the Author of the Month at a Library on Long Island. I’ve always been a library fan. Ever since my mother took me to the public library and I got my very own library card. Naturally, the children’s library was, and still is my favorite part of a … Read more

A Groundhog Day Celebration

Welcome to a Groundhog Day Celebration. Gertie and I are excited to share with you some fun ways to celebrate Groundhog Day. But first, what is Groundhog Day? Origins of Groundhog Day The origins of Groundhog Day go all the way back to a Christian feast day of Candlemas. On February 2, Christians traditionally bring … Read more

The Power of Quitting

The power of quitting is very liberating. I am not talking about quitting writing altogether, but rather knowing when to quit a story when it just is not working. I belong to a writing group, Teach Write, of teachers who teach writing. They are a wonderful and supportive group of writers. Each week we set … Read more

The Sticky Note Approach

It’s a new year and I decided to try a new approach; the sticky note approach to writing a picture book. I have long admired those writers who use sticky notes and while I am a notebook type of writer. I am trying something new and different. One of the most important elements of writing … Read more